Social Worker - Program Coordinator - Recruitment/Relocation Incentive
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 713165800
The Suicide Prevention Coordinators at the GS-12 grade are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to patients in a major specialty, such as Spinal Cord Injury coordinators, Visual Impairment Services Team coordinators, Homeless Veterans Program coordinators, Community Nursing Home Program coordinators. They may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. 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. 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/. 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 Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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 Master of Social Work. Grade Determination: Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator), GS-12 Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. Candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. (b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. (c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. (d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area (s). (e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Program coordinators at the GS-12 grade level are administratively responsible for a clinical program providing treatment to Veterans in a major specialty area, such as but not limited to: Spinal Cord Injury, Homeless Continuum Veteran Program, Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Suicide Prevention Program, Veterans Justice Outreach, Caregiver Support Program and Community Nursing Home Program. The program coordinator may be the sole practitioner in this specialty at the facility and typically provide direct patient care services in the program area. The program coordinator oversees the daily operation of the program, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may be responsible for the program's budget, developing and monitoring staff compliance with practice, standards and guidelines on documentation, workload, data entry, ethical practice and service delivery. The program coordinator provides analysis and evaluation of clinical program data and computerized programs to identify system-wide trends and needs to enhance the quality of service. They may be responsible for, or contribute to, the program's resource and fiscal management, monitoring control points developing the annual budget, operating within that budget, and accounting for appropriated funds. The program coordinator is administratively responsible for the clinical programming and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned staff. They initiate and conduct a variety of program or service audits and complete designated clinical practice audits and reports, including productivity assessments. They oversee program operations and evaluations, identifying areas for improvement, gathering relevant data, assessing the data, developing and implementing ideas for improvement and evaluating efficacy of improvement efforts. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of and experience with program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for program. Experience working in crisis services related to mental health, suicide, violence and/or abuse, neglect. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, evaluating assigned program areas. Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration 09/20/2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. It may require some lifting (10-20 lbs.) occasionally. Reaching above shoulder; Frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day); Sitting (4-7 hours per day); Walking up to 6 hours per day); Standing (up to 8 hours per day); Infrequent climbing/descending of stairs; Some bending; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Correctable near sighted and far-sighted vision; Hearing (Aid permitted). Reference: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. ["The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) is responsible for the provision of individual case management and clinical services for veterans deemed to be at high risk for suicidal behavior. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator serves to coordinate and monitor services for Veterans designated as high risk for suicide and acts as the transitional coordinator of care for these patients. The determination of risk level is based on clinical evaluation and assessment of the Veteran by an appropriate mental health provider. The Suicide Prevention Coordinator is responsible for coordinating care of high-risk Veterans who receive care throughout the Medical Center, CBOCs, OPC, and community agencies. The SPC works collaboratively with other treatment team members, professionals, paraprofessionals, and others at the Medical Center and community agencies to assist the Veterans in managing their mental health problems, psychosocial needs, and identifying barriers to receiving continued treatment and mitigating risk factors related to suicide. Case management responsibilities include, but are not limited to: The SPC plans, develops, implements, and oversees all components of the facility's Suicide Prevention Program. Duties include but are not limited to: Tracking all suicide attempts and patients with serious suicide ideation through the use of the \"Suicide Behavior Report.\" Provides comprehensive case management by ensuring all Veterans identified as high risk for suicide receive follow up mental health care as required, coordinating services as needed. Conducting individual and group counseling through Video Connect, Face To Face and/or Telephone appointments for Veterans identified as High Risk for Suicide. Maintaining a tracking list of high-risk veterans to ensure timely contacts are made as specified within the memorandum from the Principal Deputy Under Secretary for Health and the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management outlining. Suicide Prevention Program responsibilities. Provides crisis intervention, suicide risk assessments and safety plans for Veterans via phone and in person. Coordinating with mental health staff and primary care staff through ongoing communication to ensure that necessary components in the veteran's care plan are addressed in light of suicide risk, to include a suicide risk assessment and safety plan. Ensures the required frequency of mental health appointments are arranged for Veterans identified as high risk through this ongoing communication. Completes behavioral health autopsies, Issue Briefs and Heads Up notifications as required by the National Suicide Prevention Program. Following completed suicides, provides postvention services to both surviving family members and VA staff involved in the affected Veteran's care. Participation and provision of expertise on individual root cause analysis teams. Assuring that all Veterans on the facility tracking list are being followed closely by the appropriate provider on a regular basis as determined by the coordinator and the provider. Tracking any no-show appointments by these Veterans and following up with him or her as soon as possible to reschedule the appointment. Such contacts can be telephonic or face to face. If the Veteran is unable to attend his/her appointment the SPC will be available to conduct a home visit to provide an assessment for Veteran's ongoing mental health issues and need for monitoring. If the safety of a Veteran is unable to be established, or it is determined that the Veteran is at imminent risk for self harm, initiating emergency interventions as appropriate to the situation, including but not limited to, contacting the Veteran's identified emergency contact and/or 911. Disseminating, organizing, and where possible, conducting evidence-based and promising, emerging interventions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm Compressed Work Schedule: Available Telework: Authorized with management approval. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: Social Worker (Suicide Prevention Coordinator)/000000 Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Authorized for highly qualified candidates Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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