The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, Mental Health Service, is currently recruiting for one (1) Senior Social Worker, Residential Treatment Coordinator at the Honor Center in Gainesville FL
NOTE: This position requires driving a Government Vehicle, persons applying must submit a copy of the current, unrestricted drivers license. Must submit a driving transcript issued by the state of issuance.
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Education Debt Reduction Program: The applicant (s) selected for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) based on availability of funds, eligibility of loans and education.
EDRP repays education loans for health care professions in certain hard to fill occupations. Eligible loans for reimbursement are only those which lead to a degree directly related to the position. Eligibility determination will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Marci Monroe, NF/SG EDRP Program Coordinator during the first pay period of starting employment at 352-548-3048 or ext. 3048, e-mail Marci.Monroe2@va.gov
The incumbent provides outreach and case management to veterans in VA funded housing programs, shelters, and the streets. The incumbent utilizes various treatment modalities of individual and group work, casework, community organization, and community outreach activities to alleviate or remove problems that interfere with the participants' ability to achieve independence.
The incumbent monitors the clinical care and assesses the compliance of the programs receiving payments as outlined in the recipient's contract. When necessary, the incumbent intervenes to facilitate compliance or corrective actions.
The incumbent provides services and oversight of the VA funded Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program's Contract Residential Treatment according to rules, regulations, and directives including verification of veteran status and eligibility for participation in the Homeless Contract Residential Treatment Program, maintaining admission and discharge dates of participants for billing purposes, reviewing and approving/disapproving readmission to and extensions of care, and collecting and submitting participant information to the HCHV coordinator as outlined by NEPEC evaluations procedures.
The incumbent facilitates and participates in program site inspections for VA funded programs with in their local program area utilizing the local policies, as well as VHA regulations, and directives as guidance.
The incumbent engages in coordination with community agencies, organizations, and groups to learn of services or resources available for homeless veterans as well as provides current information on services and benefits available in the VA for Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program participants.
Work Schedule: Monday
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
75% or less
Family Social Workers
Psychiatric Social Workers
School Social Workers
Social Workers, Family
Social Workers, Psychiatric
HelpRequirements 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
Must possess a valid state issued drivers license and provide a transcript of your driving record.
Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. 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. 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.
English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
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.
Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website. Senior Social Workers are licensed or certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level.
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
1.Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.
2.Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
3.Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.
4.Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.
5.Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.
The work requires extreme patience and controlling of emotions.
The work may required using appropriate techniques to physically restrain patients who present a danger to self or others. The work my also require assisting physically disabled Veterans. Day-to-day work involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects.
The work is typically performed in a clinical setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases common to the homeless population. Must of the work is performed in a setting away from the office, where the environment cannot be controlled. The incumbent must be able to safely operate a government owned vehicle for the purpose of community work and transporting patients.
References: VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G-39
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.
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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