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Part 3, Chapter 8:  Manual Appendix 3-8-B

IHS Resource Requirement Methodology for Social Work Services


SOCIAL WORK SERVICES

  1. Description

    • Identifying the emotional and social needs of Indian clients and their families.

    • Identifying and treating psychosocial problems related to the client's illness and/or treatment.

    • Utilizing knowledge of and contacts with federal, state and local agencies to meet the health, social and economic needs of the Indian community.

    • Protecting vulnerable children and adults who cannot protect themselves from abuse, neglect and exploitation and fostering the stability and integrity of the family.

  2. Driving Variables

    • Total Service Population to receive Social Services

    • Total Direct Inpatient Days

    • Health Center Inpatient setting

  3. Staffing Criteria

    • The formula to calculate basic social work staffing for all settings is 1.4 staff per 2,788 service population and 1.1 staff per 11,111 inpatient days.

    • The initial staff position shall be a social work director.  The second staff position shall also be a master's level individual for program stability.  Additional staff can be a mix of professional and paraprofessional positions based on program and population needs.


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