The Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for Social Workers in the Community Engagement & Enrichment Services (CERS), HUD-VASH program. S/he serves as a member of a multidisciplinary HUD-VASH team responsible for coordinating and providing individual and family counseling and case management services. The social worker conducts assessment interviews, develops treatment plans and provides treatment to HUD-VASH eligible Veterans and their families. 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. 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 http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. [Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. Conferral of degree(s) must be stated on transcript(s). Unofficial transcripts(s) are acceptable]. 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/. [COPIES OF LICENSE/CERTIFICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH APPLICATION PACKET] Grandfathering Provision: 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). NOTE: If social workers covered under the grandfathering provision of the 1991 Federal law regarding licensure or certification of VHA social workers leave the GS-0185 social work series, they lose the grandfathering protection. If they choose to return at a later date to the GS-0185 series, they must be licensed or certified to qualify for employment as a social worker. Preferred Experience: Familiarity with Veteran culture and knowledge of VA and local homeless services highly desired. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Social Worker, GS-09 None above the basic qualifications Social Worker, GS-11 Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Work Qualification Standard, GS-0185, Veterans Health Administration. Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center and the community is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out the responsibilities it will be necessary for incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the veterans, families, representatives of the community health and welfare agencies and law enforcement agencies. ["The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited: Providing ongoing VA case management, healthcare, individual and family counseling and other supportive services to homeless Veterans based on their eligibility for the Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. Performing site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local house codes. Must be able to drive Government Vehicle. Verifying the veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation while ensuring the homeless veterans are considered as primary participants for program acceptance. Coordinating care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, linking and referring veterans to the VA Medical Center, Regional Offices and/or community agencies. Participating in program planning and development; advising the supervisor of shifting trends with caseloads and identifying the needs and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes based on work experiences. Developing more effective ways of delivering healthcare services to HUD-VASH program veteran. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.