The Senior Social Worker assigned to the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) program provides outreach, programming, case management and supportive housing services for homeless veterans. Duties include administrative data collecting and reporting, serving as the primary contact with local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), and providing case management-based services necessary to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with VA, community health or mental health providers, and agencies. Major Duties are as follows: Independently performs case management and discharge planning for the DCHV program, specifically identifying and addressing patients' biopsychosocial needs, i.e., housing, financial assistance, employment, mental health, substance abuse, legal, child support, relationships, spiritual, medical, etc. Independently perform case management duties to include referrals for service, treatment planning, and implementation of various treatment modalities, to provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, groups, and family when indicated. Independently conducts biopsychosocial assessments and utilizes this assessment to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation. Develops treatment plans based on assessed needs with the collaboration of the veteran/family and the inter disciplinary treatment team. Incumbent possesses the skills to offer biopsychosocial interventions as well as the ability to measure the outcomes of those interventions. Coordinate community-based services through information and referrals to community agencies, VA, and other government programs. Independently completes suicide screening and related clinical reminders to identify high-risk patients and make referrals for additional services when indicated. Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint and has a working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnosis, disabilities and treatment procedures. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with veterans and their families. Work independently with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems utilizing individual, group and family counseling, and case management services. Coordinate family conferences and serve as a liaison to family members may also be necessary. Independently provides consultation services to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plans. Evaluate incumbents' own practice through interdisciplinary treatment team, and specific program and MHRRTP Quality Improvement Plans as well as other organizational means. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with people from varied backgrounds. Possesses general knowledge of veterans' benefits and services related to special programs, service-connected compensation, and non-service connected pension and facilitates referrals based upon veterans' needs and eligibility. Has working knowledge and skill in the use of word-processing, data management and other VA computer systems, especially those programs in use by VHA. Independently completes all required VA trainings on LMS and VA Intranet as well as those required to maintain an independent social work licensure. The incumbent will be required to perform certain job duties in the community, including transporting Veterans and will be required to utilize a GSA vehicle while performing such duties. Required to complete a pre-employment driving physical through Occupational/ Employee Health to transport Veterans in a government vehicle. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 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.