The Social Worker in this position functions as the Case Manager for the John D. Dingell VAMC's Housing and Urban Development / VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH). HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. Duties include: The social worker is responsible for providing case management for a caseload of Veterans in the HUD-VASH program. The social worker is responsible for reviewing agreements between Section 8, landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements. The social worker performs site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes. The social worker will be responsible for performing site visits to Veterans within the following Detroit Metropolitan area counties: Macomb County, Oakland County, St. Clair County, and Wayne County. The social worker verifies the Veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation. The social worker is responsible for ensuring that homeless Veterans are considered as primary participants for program acceptance. The social worker is responsible for collecting and submitting HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by NEPEC/HOMES evaluation procedures The social worker is responsible for providing HUD-VASH case management. Case management is defined as the provision of services by VA clinical staff to homeless Veterans and includes all activities to provide appropriate treatment and maintain Veterans in HUD approved stable housing. The social worker 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. The social worker complies with criminal conflict of interest laws and Executive Branch Standards of conduct so as to avoid conflicts of interest while serving as the HUD-VASH Case Manager. The social worker actively participates in the HUD-VASH Program conference calls and attends training offered by the HUDVASH. The social worker is responsible for following local policy and SOP for the HUD-VASH Program. This includes following policies and documentation requirements as required for CARF and Joint Commission accreditation. The social worker actively participates in program planning and development, advising the supervisor of shifting trends with caseloads and identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes based upon work experiences. The social worker takes responsibility for improving professional skills, participating in planning and executing specific staff development projects, attending seminars and institutes, and participating in training programs of other disciplines as requested. The social worker will conduct psychosocial assessments/acuity scales to determine needs of Veterans and family members. The social worker is an active participant in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. The social worker will participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. The social worker will place referrals/consults at the time of discharge to ensure a seamless transition in care. The social worker will provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate. The social worker will provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources, advance directives and VA benefits. The social worker will act as a consultant to other team/staff members using advanced practice skills and expertise The social worker will act as liaison between VA and community resources, to include marketing and public relation duties as needed. The social worker will provide case management to Veterans and families, as needed, throughout the continuum of care. The social worker will provide 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. The social worker will address Advance Directives in accordance with the standards of their work area. The social worker will provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate Patient/family support groups as appropriate. The social worker will as appropriate, supervise the practice of students, interns or a less experienced case manager. The social worker will coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00am to 4:30 pm with Outreach/Community work 80% or greater Financial 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.