The GS-12 Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) serves as a member of the suicide prevention program with the VA Portland Health Care System. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator will provide mental health services to the Veteran population enrolled at VAPORHCS, will coordinate the suicide prevention activities at their assigned location and serve as a representative of the health care system while reaching out to Veterans in the community, their families, and the community at large. The SPC functions as a coordinator for care of Veterans at suicide risk and an advisor to facility leadership, program managers, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual Veterans, the facility, and the Veteran community as a whole. This is accomplished through: A. The SPC is responsible for tracking and reporting all suicide attempts and completions at their clinical location and support the rest of the team in tracking for the entire system, including the submission of a monthly report to the National Suicide Prevention Program and to VISN 20. B. The SPC is responsible for the follow up of consults (the next business day) received from the Veterans Crisis Line to assure timely access to care and follow-up for Veterans in crisis. C. The SPC is responsible for the continued contact and monitoring of Veterans that have been identified as a "High Risk for Suicide" to ensure continued care and treatment. D. The SPC is responsible for the follow-up on referrals received from staff as a result of Operation S.A.V.E. trainings. E. The SPC is responsible for maintaining the facility Category I Patient Record Flag for High Risk for Suicide which identifies Veterans who have been deemed at-risk for potential suicide, in consultation with their Principal Mental Health Provider. F. The SPC ensures that Veterans identified as being at "High Risk for Suicide" receive follow up for any missed appointments within the health care system in conjunction with the clinical treatment team and that this follow-up is documented in the electronic medical record. G. The SPC assists the interdisciplinary High Risk for Suicide Review Committee which is responsible for reviewing the "High Risk for Suicide" list and corresponding Category I Patient Record Flag at least every 90 days. H. The SPC assists with the aggregate suicide Root Cause Analyses (RCAs) and assists in the individual RCA concerning Veterans who have attempted or committed suicide. I. The SPC assists with the Environment of Care (EOC) Committee and coordinates Safety Surveys quarterly. The SPC, in conjunction with Facilities Management Service, prepares the Quarterly EOC report which tracks identified problems and proposed fixes. J. The SPC is responsible for the delivery of Operation S.A.V.E. training, or other approved "gatekeeper" training, to all non-clinical staff at New Employee Orientation. K. The SPC is responsible for the delivery of other training programs at the site by request of the facility. L. The SPC is responsible for the delivery of the community version of Operation S.A.V.E. training to community organizations that have contact with Veterans. M. The SPC is responsible for delivering community outreach activities every month. N. The SPC is responsible for building relationships with local and state suicide prevention organizations, local crisis line organizations, and local Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). O. The SPC should develop partnerships with their facility Transition Care Management Program, Patient Safety Managers (PSM), Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Coordinators, local Vet Center staff, residential care teams, and local mental health teams. This partnership is to ensure that Veterans are assessed and evaluated for suicide risk as appropriate and preventative interventions are in place. P. The SPC is responsible for staff and Veteran education during Suicide Prevention Week, which is usually the second week in September of each year. Educational activities may include displays and exhibits regarding suicide prevention. In addition, educational activities may provide information about the Veterans Crisis Line, mental health awareness, and other support services available. Q. The SPC is a resource for both the VA facility and community related to Veteran suicide and suicide prevention issues. R. The SPC is responsible for daily communication with other suicide prevention team members, weekly conference calls with the local team, bi-monthly conference calls with VISN 20 Suicide Prevention Programs, and monthly conference calls with the National Suicide Prevention Program. S. The SPC will be responsible for travel within the catchment area of the Portland VA Health Care System. T. The SPC is responsible for other duties as assigned by the supervisor. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600268900
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