Conducts initial assessment of all new patients to evaluate social, emotional and physical needs by applying social work theories and techniques; interviews and evaluates patients and family members. Identifies factors which may interfere with obtaining maximum benefits from treatment.
Responsibilities are psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, consultation, education, community linkages and supportive services for identified patients, families and staff for the Kidney Transplant Service.
Assesses, develops and coordinates a clinical treatment program for Health Plan members with acute or chronic psychiatric disorders. Consults with staff regarding diagnosis, strengths and deficits of member, as needed or appropriate.
The incumbent is the primary contact for involving and educating patients, families, and significant others in the process of treatment and mental health recovery. Serves as a liaison to community programs and develop strategic partnerships to enhance aftercare plans of patients and their families.
The LCSW provides age specific psycho-social screening, psychiatric assessments, psychosocial assessment, clinical interventions and treatments as well as discharge planning and utilization review to ensure appropriate benefits and best clinical and discharge outcomes.
Provides ongoing education to Medical Services Department and Physicians on locally available community resources and develops and maintains effective relationships with staff in key community resource agencies.
Provides assessment, diagnosis, treatment and crisis intervention as needed to members who present themselves for psychiatric evaluation; collaborates with treating physician, psychiatric and allied health professional team to plan and direct each individual member's treatment program.
The Medical Social Worker II serves as an integral member of the healthcare team providing assessments, coordination, treatment planning, information and referral to community resources and other social work services to meet the complex needs of patients and families in the hospital and clinic settings.