Under professional direction, Medical Case Worker functions as a member of a medical or psychiatric multidisciplinary team, providing services to patients and clients in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation, residential, or health care facilities.
Medical Case Worker differs from Clinical Social Worker and Psychiatric Social Worker in that the Medical Case Worker refers patients/clients with the most severe problems to the Clinical or Psychiatric Social Worker or other professional staff.
Medical Case Worker Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and one year of professional casework experience interviewing, counseling, and assisting patients/clients with social problems.
Medical Case Worker Duties:
-Performs a variety of direct services such as arranging for ongoing or post-operative care at home, assessing adequacy of home care services facilities.
-Places patients suffering with mental or emotional disorders in board and care homes, intermediate care homes, residential facilities, private hospitals, VA hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities.
-Interviews patients, family members, and friends, to obtain information about home environment that may have a bearing on the patient’s medical and mental health, treatment and recovery.
-Utilizes environmental data gathered in relation to the medical or mental health problems to make recommendations concerning the provision of services that will ensure maximum benefits for each patient.
-Makes referrals to and works with various public and private health, mental health or other agencies such as the Department of Public Social Services, Legal Aid, Department of Adoptions, Health Department, Free Clinics, Planned Parenthood organizations, Family Service Agencies, and Community Service Centers to resolve patient”s personal and social problems.