The Salem Va Medical Center provides many services for veterans as well as social work

WITH MARCH BEING 3 NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH – THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS’ VETERANS HEALTH ANCHOR: WITH MARCH NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH THEY STAND OUT AS THE AGENCY THAT VALUES THE ROLE OF DEVELOPING EXCEPTIONAL CENTRAL CARE. WE HAVE TAMMY SNIDER WHO IS THE CHIEF OF SOCIAL WORK SERVICE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY HOLD AT THE CENTER. THANKS FOR COMING IN THIS MORNING. WE KNOW WEEK AFTER WEEK WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT YOU DO AT THE SALEM VAAND WE ARE GRATEFUL EMPLOYED NATIONWIDE AND AT THE SALEM VA WE COORDINATE 20 ESPECIALLY PROGRAMS FOR THE MEDICAL CENTER. BUT ONE THING THAT IS TRULY UNIQUE IS WE PROVIDE SERVANTS SERVICES YOU PROVIDE? WE DO A LOT OF DISCHARGE PLANNING FROM THE INPATIENT UNITS AND MENTAL LELGT TREATMENT FOR A VARIETY OF CONDITIONS AND PATIENT AND FAMILY EDUCATIONMENT I LIKE TO SAYY WE EVEN JUST HELP VETERANS NAVIGATE THROUGH THE SYSTEM. I VIEW SOCIAL WORX AS THE GO TO SYSTEM BECAUSE WE’LL GO THROUGH IT TO FIND AN ANSWER. AND HOW WOULD YOU KNOW IF THEY NEED HELP? MAYBE IN NEED OF HOUSING ASSISTANCE AND MAYBE NEED ASSISTANCE IN GETTING COORDINATED WITH COMMUNITY SERVICES AND EVEN WITHIN THE VA. IT COULD BE THEY’RE EXPERIENCING CARE GIVER BURN OUT AND NEED HELP FOR SERVICES IN THE HOME. IT CAN BE A VARIETY OF THINGS. MAYBE FEELING MORE ANXIOUS. AND WHAT THEY CAN DO TO FIND OUT WHAT A SOCIAL WORKER CAN ASSIST THEM WITH IS TO SIT DOWN AND EXPRESS CONCERNS AND GO EVER POSSIBLE OPTIONS FOR YOU. ANCHOR: WHAT IF THEY NEVER SOUGHT OUT HELP. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT OR DO YOU HAVE TO BE PART OF IT? NO. YOU CAN ACCESS SOCIAL WORKERS AT ANY POINT AND TIME AND LINK YOU TO THE V.A. WE HAVE MANY THAT DO UTREACH IN THE COMMUNITY. IF A VETERAN IS AT THEIR CLINICAL APPOINTMENT THEY CAN ASK TO SPEAK TO A SOCIAL WORKER ASSIGNED TO THE CLIN AND I CAN THEN GO TO AVAILABLE RESOURCES. THERE OR CALL THE SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT AT I 5409822463 EXTENSION 2539. AND WE’LL LINK THEM TO THE APPROPRIATE PERSON. AND ALWAYS CAN PUT THE LINK

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