This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more A recruitment or relocation incentive is authorized for highly qualified applicants. This Social Worker is assigned to the HUD-VASH program within the Community Housing and Outreach Services (CHOS) Programs at VA Puget Sound Health Care System in King County with responsibility to provide direct services for Veterans, their families, and caregivers. The senior social worker may be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision such as CBOCs or satellite outpatient clinics. The major duties and responsibilities of the HUD-VASH Senior Social Worker include: Collaborate with other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans. Ensure the highest quality of care with equity of access, service, and benefits to this population. Provide leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. Provide clinical case management to Veterans and families in the HUD-VASH program. Case management is defined as the provision of services by VA clinical staff to homeless Veterans and includes all activities to provide appropriate treatment and maintain Veterans in stable housing. Perform regular home visits to ensure Veterans reside in environments that foster independence and safety in the community. Verify Veterans status, eligibility for VA health care, and eligibility for HUD-VASH program participation. Accept referrals for screening and admission to HUD-VASH. Referrals may be received from the local Continuum of Care (CoC), local coordinated entry systems, community partners, other VA programs or locations, the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (NCCHV), or other sources. Assess Veterans through comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments and regular reassessments to determine clinical needs and acuity status. Collaboratively develop a treatment plan (or housing stability plan) with each Veteran served and monitor progress, review, and update regularly throughout the episode of care. Provide a full range of services within the Social Work Scope of Practice based on Veteran needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. Services may include case management; individual, family, and group therapy; discharge planning; resource linkage; and care coordination. Provide consultation and psychoeducation to Veterans and Veteran families on topics including community resources, Advance Directives, VA benefits, budgeting, activities of daily living, and recovery goals. Monitor Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and other formal and informal agreements between property owners, service providers, Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), and the VA to establish appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements. Collect and submit HUD-VASH participant data as outlined by Community Housing and Outreach Services (CHOS) and Homeless Operational Management and Evaluation System (HOMES) policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Ensure compliance with standards and expectations of Joint Commission, CARF, and other relevant accrediting bodies. Actively participate in program planning and development, advise the CHOS supervisor of shifting Veteran care needs, and identify the need for SOP or policy changes. Actively participate in VISN 20 and VACO Homeless Program Office conference calls and trainings. Provide supervision to students, interns, or unlicensed Social Workers as requested. Maintain familiarity and responsibility for all HUD-VASH performance measures and assist in development and maintenance of operational plans and strategic goals related to these measures. Participate or lead regular reconciliation of HUD-VASH data between VA and PHA(s) to determine status of all awarded HUD-VASH vouchers. Provide training, education, and consultation to trainees, VA staff, and community partners as a subject matter expert in specialized practice area(s). Provide outreach services to engage homeless Veterans. Serve as the primary VA point of contact for a project-based housing site, a geographical region, or a community agency- with the bulk of work performed in these community-based settings. Provide oversight of a contract serving homeless Veterans as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Work Schedule: Non - Fri, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker/PD000000 and PD00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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