Social Worker - Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan, Michigan
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 722979000
The Senior Social Worker is the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Coordinator assigned to the Homeless Program. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, you must meet the following grade requirements. Senior Social Worker,GS-12 Experience/Education: You must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure: Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and you must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational or other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences the environment society and culture. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This imputes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses, common medications and their effects/side effects and medical terminology. Knowledge of psychosocial treatment and ability to independently implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families and groups who are experiencing a variety of medical psychiatric and social problems to achieve treatment goals. This requires independent judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem-solving or crisis intervention techniques. Ability to independently provide counseling and/or psychotherapy services to individuals, groups and families. VJO Coordinators must practice within the bounds of their license or certification. Ability to provide consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on healthcare in compliance with treatment. Ability to provide orientation and coaching to new VJO Coordinators and social work graduate students. The ability to serve as a field instructor for social work graduate students who are completing VHA field placements. Ability to independently evaluate his/her own practice through participation in professional peer review case conferences, research studies and other organized means. Knowledge and skill in the use of computer software applications for drafting documents, data management, contracting, especially those programs in use by VHA. References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work is mostly sedentary. It typically requires sitting with sustained periods of concentration. There will be some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of relatively light objects. The position may also require stooping, reaching, lifting, pulling, and other moderate exertion or strain. Incumbent may occasionally have to walk some distance to a meeting. The incumbent will also be required to perform (50%) of their job duties in the community and will be required to utilize a GSA Vehicle while performing such duties. ["The primary responsibilities of this position include outreach to incarcerated Veterans, assessment, providing case management, directing access to treatment planning, creation of linkages to resources and coordination of care, community partnership, and advocacy. Building community relationships and identification of resources is an integral part of this position. The duties of the position involve: Working with community agencies in providing training to law enforcement personnel. Facilitating mental health assessments of veterans charged with non-violent crimes. Working either alone or as part of a team of community and justice system partners to develop and provide to the court a plan of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Collaborating with HCRV Specialists in supporting engagement in care for veterans recently discharged from Country Jails, as well as State and Federal prisons. The VJO Coordinator is based at the VA Battle Creek VA Medical Center, at the HCHV-GR Service Center, and at the Lansing CBOC but provides services to clients primarily in community and forensic (court) settings. Additionally, the incumbent will provide services at local jails and prisons where directed. The incumbent must possess the clinical skills to provide treatment for complex and comorbid addictions and mental health disorders. He/she must have knowledge in DSM-IV diagnosis and symptom assessment; knowledge of case management principles, practices, methods and techniques; thorough understanding of the multi-causal nature of human behavior; and knowledge of relevant assessment and intervention strategies. The incumbent must also be able to collaborate and function well in a multidisciplinary provider environment. As the majority of this work takes place at off site locations, the incumbent must have thorough familiarity with outreach techniques and the ability to develop new techniques in reaching this population. The incumbent must have knowledge of VA benefits and other government entitlement programs for treatment and rehabilitation and services. This involves a comprehensive knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and resources applicable to the disabled including community resources and services, and local peer counseling programs or groups. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: Available to highly qualified applicants Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91940-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for those who have served in our nation's military and for their families, caregivers, and survivors" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate whole health care to Veterans?Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes! This position is located within Surgical Services at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD). It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Join the FHCC team of energetic, career-minded professionals! For additional information, click onhttp://www.lovell.fhcc.va.gov/index.asp.