Social Workers are leaders in making sure people get the help they need, when they need it from the best resources available. As members of the healthcare team we promote wellness through prevention, care, and recovery.
Our social workers are skilled in identifying strengths and needs. We provide advocacy, emotional support and linkage to community resources. Our Medical Social Services is located on the second floor of the Commonwealth Health Center next to the Pediatric Ward. Our Office Hours are 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Our services are free and confidential.
Our CHCC Medical Social Services practice in collaboration with the health care team whose core values promote the dignity of all people and the importance of human relationships. We engage with families to identify and address barriers to wellness. We focus our work on the relationship between family function and medical illness. Our practice is grounded by an evidence-informed body of knowledge and our primary motivation is to support the strengths of families to address their own needs. We engage services within the hospital and greater community to further support optimal family functioning.
Common discussions social workers engage in with patients and families include:
$ Patient and Family adjustment to illness/injury
$ Patient and Family coping with stress
$ Grief & Loss issues
$ Safety & Crisis Intervention
$ Financial assessment - identifying and referring cases for financial assistance
$ Discharge Planning -working together with medical, nursing and other allied health staff, patients and their families to develop and implement the post discharge care plan
$ Information & Referral Services - linking patients and caregivers to community resources
In addition the Social Work Department is on-call 24 hours a day to assist the needs of the patients. CHCC through the Social Work Department also provide Victims Services called the Victim Help Project (VHP) which is supported by Federal funds received through a sub-grant from the Criminal Justice Planning Agency under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) program. Social Workers are also a part of the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Team who respond to the immediate needs of the adult and child sexual assault victims and their family members. Social Workers collaborate and work closely with various agencies such as DPS, DYS, DVIC, Guma’ Esperanza, and Northern Marianas Coalition against Domestic & Sexual Violence.
Tina Snodgrass, Manager, Medical Social Services
Frances Accad, Social Worker III
Adrian Flores, Patient Advocate
For more information on the Medical Social Services, please contact us at 236-8342 or 236-8684 or 234-8950 Ext. 2126/2445.