The Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing Social Worker will be assigned to a Outpatient Center or the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. The incumbent will report to the HCHV Supervisor or designee of the Social Work Service.
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HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for homeless Veterans who meet criteria for admission into the HUD-VASH Case Management Program aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The incumbent functions as a champion and advocate for the provision of recovery focused services to Veterans. The HUD-VASH Program falls within the parameters of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program. The incumbent is required to travel within a 50-mile radius of the Medical Center, CBOC, and/or HCHV Service Center locations to provide case management services to Veterans. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Responsible for reviewing agreements between Section 8, landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements.
Performs site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.
Verifies the Veterans' status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility for program participation. The incumbent is a member of the HUD-VASH Admissions Committee.
Responsible for ensuring that homeless Veterans are considered as primary participants for program acceptance.
Coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring Veterans to the VA Medical Center, VA Regional Offices and/or community agencies for identifies services.
Actively participates in Program planning and development, advising the Homeless Program Coordinator or designee of shifting trends with caseloads. Identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedures or policy changes based upon work experiences.
Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. Hours may be extended or rotated based on the needs of our Veterans and the Medical Center.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.
0185 Social Work
Community Mental Health Social Workers
Family Social Workers
Mental Health Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, All Other
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,
United States Citizenship. Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education. Have a 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.
Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA 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 censure/certification examinations. For Battle Creek VA Medical Center, this is at the GS-9 entry level only.
English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English.
Preferred Experience: Due to the nature of work, the preferred candidate will be fully licensed at the independent practice level.
GS-11 Social Worker
Experience, Education and Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work
may be substituted for the required 1 year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs:
Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.
Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.
Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.
Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.
Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving or crisis intervention techniques.
Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. Social workers must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. For example, some states may require social workers providing psychotherapy to have a clinical level of licensure.
Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new social workers and social work graduate students. Ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements.
Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies, or other organized means.
Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, and tracking, especially those programs in use by VHA.
References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39. Qualification Standards for Social Workers.
Physical Requirements:Light carrying, under 15 pounds; Use of fingers; Walking; Standing; Operation of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Mental and emotional stability.
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
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