General Medicine Clinic
Social Work Services
(this information provided by the NYP SW Dept)
The purpose of Social Work in ambulatory care is threefold:
· to assist individuals/families function when illness or disability result in changes to their
· physical/mental state or social role.
· to prevent social and emotional problems from interfering with physical/mental health or with necessary treatments.
· to identify gaps in community services and facilitate access.
Social work services are provided by appointment (using the standard consultation form). Patients with social work emergencies can be seen on a walk-in basis. The four social workers currently working in AIM West (VC2) are:
Social Work Emergencies-these warrant immediate referral to the social workers: Send to AIM Walk-in Social Worker
- housing emergency: undomiciled or in possession of 72- hour eviction notice
- impaired mental status/suicidal or homicidal ideation
- evidence/suspicion of domestic violence
- evidence/suspicion of elder or child abuse
- inability to pay for/access medications essential to health maintenance also see prescription assistance page
- dangerous home situation (e.g. frail elderly without adequate supervision)
- same-day transportation crisis
Non-urgent referral- a scheduled appointment with the social worker:
- age 80 and above without prior psychosocial assessment
- difficulty adjusting emotionally to medical condition
- current substance abuse
- financial concerns (e.g. difficulty paying rent, buying food)
- medical condition impacting on ability to travel by public transportation
- request for entitlements (e.g. Public Assistance, Food Stamps)
- poor compliance with appointments or medical treatment
- home care/equipment needs see also- M11Qs
- inadequate housing (e.g. serious overcrowding, violations)
-job options counseling
-adult education (e.g. ESL, GED)
-need for mental health treatment
- social isolation (assessment for day, recreation, luncheon programs)
(many thanks to by Shana Malette RN)
Benefitscheckup.org is a website that helps to find programs for people age 55 and over, who may need help in paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities and other essential items or services.