The Medical Foster Home Coordinator position is located at the Lyons Campus of the NJ Healthcare System. The GS-12 Medical Foster Home Coordinator (MFH) reports to Social Work Service and is located within the Geriatric Extended Care Service. The Medical Foster Home Coordinator reports to the Geriatric Extended Care Social Work Manager. The Medical Foster home coordinator serves as program coordinator and is administratively responsible for the Medical Foster Home Program. The MFH Coordinator leads and manages the daily operation of the program and provides direct Veteran-centric services in the program area. Responsibilities include the daily operation of the program, developing policies and procedures for program operation and preparing reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation. The incumbent is a senior social worker who is capable of practicing at the advanced level caring for patients who typically have related to dementias, chronic illnesses, including care for the older adult and caregiver. The Medical Foster Home Coordinator provides administrative oversight of the MFH program. The incumbent manages the day to day operations of the MFH program which includes the oversight of existing Medical Foster Home homes and caregivers and monitoring of the safety and satisfaction of the Veterans already placed in the home. Daily operations also include outreach to VA and Community agencies to recruit potential MFH caregivers as well as marketing program for potential Veterans who may benefit from the MFH program. The MFH Coordinator receives consults for MFH program and provides screening of potential residents as well as coordination of placement with Veteran/Family, Medical Foster Home Caregiver, referral source and HBPC treatment team. The incumbent must maintain a close partnership with the Home-Based Primary Care team and other teams as indicated during all phases of MFH process from initial screening to placement and upon discharge from program if applicable. The MFH Coordinator Develops and implements information systems to track service activities such as consults, visits, referrals, inpatient days, Veteran demographics, equipment utilization and caregiver & Veteran satisfaction. Develops, implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. The MFH Coordinator uses VA and community resources to meet the complex psychosocial needs of this unique population of Veterans and to ensure they are referred to the least restrictive environment that meets the level of care needed. Provides guidance and the recommendation of program enhancements. The incumbent performs program analysis, development, review, research and design, as applicable. Incumbent abides by federal and state laws and regulations that pertain to the care of vulnerable adults in Medical Foster Homes. The incumbent is responsible for using critical judgment and discernment when expanding the program and accepting additional applicants. The incumbent has the responsibility along with the MFH team in coordinating inspections of these homes to ensure the safety of the Veteran population served. Thereafter, the incumbent coordinates the inspection of the homes along with MFH team on an annual basis. The MFH Coordinator reviews, monitors, analyzes, plans, and assess the Medical Foster Home Program setting priorities, and meeting continual deadlines. A substantial portion of the workload directed by this position is carried out at one or more locations that are physically removed from the main unit under conditions that make day-to-day coordination complex to administer. The incumbent Independently deals with crises and effectively uses his/her problem-solving and negotiation skills to assist the Veteran, family, MFH Caregivers and VA staff. The incumbent monitors homes with unannounced visits at least once per month. In addition, incumbent leads and maintains close communication with the entire multidisciplinary team regarding Veteran's contentment with home and care received in the home. The incumbent coordinates and provides mandatory biannual training to all caregivers. The MFH Coordinator will be knowledgeable on the MFH Caregiver Guide, Medical Foster home Handbook 1141.02 and the CFR policy for Medical Foster Home. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599328700
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