Social Work - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Social Work

Social workers are an integral part of health care. The team helps Veterans and their families with problems associated with the stress of an illness and assists them with their after care needs following a hospitalization. Social workers are located in both the inpatient and outpatient areas.

Social workers assist Veterans with making the best possible transition from the hospital to home or other community settings. They provide information about VA and community resources and also help Veterans with a wide variety of patient care and treatment needs.

Working with the Veteran, the family and the treatment team, social workers assess problems and develop individualized care plans. The plans include behavioral health services, financial and vocational planning, case management services and referrals to various community resources.

Social workers are involved in a number of programs. Some are listed here:

  • Primary care
  • Community-based programs that include homeless programs, substance abuse services, psychosocial rehabilitation and residential care services
  • Medical Foster Home
  • Geriatrics and extended care
  • Inpatient medical, surgical and mental health
  • Care management for returning troops
  • Polytrauma
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Women Veterans Program

Referrals are made by a doctor, nurse, patient representative, family member, significant other or a community agency. Veterans can also refer themselves.

Education and Training

All of our social workers have a master's degree in social work (MSW or MSSW). Some are also licensed master social workers (LMSW) or licensed clinical social workers (LCSW).

Our social workers are committed to providing field instruction to undergraduate and graduate level social work interns. We provide field training for selected interns from accredited schools of social work with whom we have approved affiliation agreements. Current academic affiliations are with Texas A&M University at Commerce, University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Woman’s University.

Role of the Professional Social Worker

Clinical Social Work

  • Social workers utilize case management, individual, group work, and other treatment modalities in helping Veterans and their families/caregivers handle the social, emotional, environmental, cultural and economic pressures influencing continuity of family/community life during periods of illness, stress and disability. VA social worker’s participate with other professional disciplines in synthesizing and maximizing rehabilitation goals.

Discharge Planner

  • Discharge planning is the designated responsibility of Social Work. The primary goal of discharge planning is to help the patient return to the community setting that best meets his/her continuing care requirements and to assist the patient to maintain their highest level of functioning at the least restrictive level of care.

Resource Specialist

  • Social Work is responsible for the identification of community resources which best meet the Veteran's needs and for assisting the Veteran to gain access to those resources. These resources may include community support groups, information about potential sources of disability income, temporary shelters, counseling programs, substance abuse treatment programs, employment information and other community resources.
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Contact Info

Location

  • Dallas VAMC
    Main Office: Bldg 1
    2nd Floor, Rm 201

Contact Number(s)

  • 214-857-0388
  • 214-857-0367

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.