Senior Social Worker - HUD-VASH Social Worker Case Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 669732300
The Senior Social Worker - HUD-VASH Social Worker Case Manager is responsible for coordination of case management services for Veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Section 8 housing vouchers. The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding will provide rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless Veterans authorized by the HUD-VASH program. 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. Education. Must posses 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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 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 by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. 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). To be eligible for the Senior Social Worker GS-12 level, you must also meet the grade specific requirements below. Grade Determinations: 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. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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: September 10, 2019 VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 Physical Requirements: A pre-placement examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies. This position requires walking, kneeling, bending, standing, and light lifting ["Major duties include but are not limited to: Conducting intakes of Veterans seeking homeless services to include Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH), Grant and Per Diem (GPD) and Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) utilizing the established referral and screening procedures of the Homeless Program; Providing supportive counseling and appropriate case management services to reduce the Veteran's stress and maximize psychosocial wellbeing throughout all phases of their medical treatment and care; Identifying high-risk patients and providing crisis intervention services, assertive case management and measuring outcomes to interventions; Establishing and maintaining effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families; Expanding clinical knowledge in the profession, provide consultation and guidance to colleagues, role model effective Social Work practice skills, teach or provide orientation or internship supervision to less experienced Social Workers, develop innovations in practice interventions, and provide clinical supervision for Social Work licensure or certification; Documenting in CPRS patient psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referrals; Maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers, volunteers, consumers and stakeholders within VA and outside agencies; Evaluating his/her practice on an on-going basis through participation in professional peer review, case conferences, research studies, or other organized means; Providing a full range of discipline-specific services within commonly accepted standards of professional practice which includes case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management and other services as appropriate. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 0730-1600\nCompressed/Flexible: May be Available\nTelework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 629-00141-F Senior Social Worker\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.