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The HUD-VASH Social Worker is a critical position within the Hershel Woody Williams VA Medical Center. The primary component of this position is to provide VA case management services, designed to improve veteran's health and mental health, enhancing their ability to remain stable, housed and community-integrated. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Education: Requires master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if that social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of Social Work. Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Exception: VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Senior Social Worker, GS-12: Experience/Education:. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification: Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrate Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G39. Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy isGS-12. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position require moderate lifting 15-44 lbs, light lifting under 15 lbs, moderate carrying 15-44 lbs, light carrying under 15 lbs, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, both legs required, operation of crane, truck ,tractor, or motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required and hearing aid permitted. Environmental Factors: outside and inside, excessive noise intermittent, working closely with others, working alone and protracted or irregular hours of work. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU This position works closely with the VA medical center's homeless programs, residential and community care programs and transitional living facilities to ensure that coordination between these entities is facilitated and veterans direct care, referral and follow-up is contiguous and based on a continuum of services. The incumbent independently provides clinical psychosocial and case management services at an advanced practice level for eligible veterans and their family members in the program.\nDuties include but not limited to: Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping and monitoring patient or program clinical indicators and performance measurements. Develops working relationships and agreements with other organizations and directly coordinates with the designated public housing authority regarding housing voucher application and award process for each veteran. Responsible to review the agreements between Section 8 landlords, housing authorities and the VA to establish appropriate referral sites for placements. Establishes implements and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HUD-VASH veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs. Develops the screening procedures to involve a multidisciplinary team approach and is responsible to ensure criteria and procedures are maintained. The incumbent provides primary input for program participant selection based on structured interviews and clinical assessments. Conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessment and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and \"on the streets,\" as well as those who are referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics. Maintains current and establishes new relationships with other community-based service providers for the homeless, and when appropriate, represents VA at community service provider meetings. Evaluates the veteran's situation, abilities and capabilities and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and prioritization for admission. Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary plan, involving the veteran and family or significant others, and performs an insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases. Reviews all data, subjective and objective and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Based on the psychosocial assessment, the incumbent uses professional judgment and advanced practice skills to make a psychosocial diagnosis. Establishes procedures and coordinates the screening and admission process for the HUD-VASH program by developing and maintaining criteria that recognizes program eligibility, prioritization for program acceptance, and requirements of the housing authorities. Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the veteran and implements the steps to assist the veteran in meeting set goals. Assists veterans with maintaining appointments at the VA medical centers and other community agencies. Makes routine visits to each veteran in residence to assess their environment and provide ongoing clinical services. It is a requirement that the HUD-V ASH case manager be approved by the local VAMC to drive the government vehicles and transport Veterans. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nTelework: Ad-Hoc\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: FS # 00000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.