The Central Texas Health Care System is recruiting for a highly qualified Social Worker (Program Coordinator) to serve as the Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator in the Social Work Service located in Waco, Texas. The incumbent is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities are assigned to the Spinal Cord Injury Coordinator. The incumbent works at an advance practice level and is the point of contact for inquiries regarding spinal cord injury services. The following is a description of the duties and responsibilities for a full-time Social Worker in the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) who will be assigned to the Spinal Cord Injury clinic. This position reflects the high degree of specialization, training, experience, and expertise required to satisfactorily perform these roles. The incumbent provides program coordination and administrative responsibility for the Spinal Cord Injury Program which is one of six nationally recognized VHA special disability programs. Coordinators for the Spinal Cord Injury Program ensure that the specialized needs of the Veteran with spinal cord injuries are thoroughly assessed and effective treatment plans are implemented that fit the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of the Veteran. VHA facilities without SCI centers appoint SCI program coordinators to oversee access to care, referrals for treatment services, and case management services for Veterans with spinal cord injuries. The incumbent facilitates efficient, appropriate, and coordinated delivery of care between the SCI Center Hub which provides comprehensive interdisciplinary specialty care and the VA facility Spoke within specified catchment areas where locally accessible primary care is provided to Veterans. The incumbent serves as point of contact for all inquiries regarding the SCI program to include inquiries from Veterans; families; community hospitals; community nursing homes; Paralyzed Veterans of America and other Veteran Service Organizations; Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders Strategic Healthcare Group; and congressional inquiries. In addition, the position requires knowledge of VA benefits and other governmental entitlement programs for treatment, rehabilitation, services, policies and regulations, and resources applicable to Veterans with disabilities including community resources and services for Veterans with disabilities, and local peer counseling programs or groups. The position also requires knowledge of the SCI&D Strategic Healthcare Group program goals and objectives, sequence and timing of key program events, milestones, and methods of evaluating program accomplishments. The incumbent also functions as the Social Work member of the interdisciplinary treatment teams for SCI, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The incumbent collaborates with nursing program care managers and other members of the interdisciplinary team as needed for Veterans with complex health, mental health, and unpredictable caseload needs such ALS and MS to ensure psychosocial needs through psychosocial assessments, quality case management, clinical treatment, achievable treatment goals, advocacy, and linkage with appropriate VA and community resources as needed by the Veteran. Coordination and provision of the following services may include as appropriate activities of daily living; home health services; prosthetics; medical supplies; vocational rehabilitation; peer counseling; transportation and finances; home evaluations; housing alternatives; and development and utilization of community resources. The incumbent may provide individual, family, and group counseling aimed at assisting Veterans and family members to find practical solutions to complex problems. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a. m. - 4:30 p. m. 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.