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 Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. 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/. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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 and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate 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/Certification. 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 they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. Preferred Experience: Prefer experience in VAHCS Prefer experience working with Alaskan Native. Population. Prefer experience working with homeless population and community resources. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 II-G39-1 | APPENDIX G39. SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-0185 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; Moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds; Use of Fingers; Walking, 2 hours; Standing, 2hours; Operation of motor vehicle; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Hearing (aid may be permitted); Emotional Stability; Working in Dry atmospheric conditions; Working Outside and inside; Working closely with others; Working alone; ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Senior Social Worker (LCSW) in this position functions as a Case Manager for both the Tribal and Standard HUD-VASH vouchers in the South East Region of Alaska. The HUD-VASH Program falls within the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs of the Mental Health Services Care Line. Responsible for independent coordination of case management services for Veterans receiving housing provided through standard and tribal housing vouchers. Responsible for case management of family members of housed Veterans, which involves specialized knowledge and experience in family intervention as well as extensive collaboration with community partners who provide services to families. Work closely with community resources to help the Veterans obtain care and services in the area in which they choose to live. Responsible for providing case management for a complex caseload of homeless Veterans in the HUD-VASH programs within the South East Region of Alaska that is composed of all cities, towns, villages and surrounding rural areas served by the Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority. Coordinates specialized provision of services not only for Veterans but also for Veterans' spouses, children, and family systems. Provides a psychosocial assessment to identify \"at-risk\" factors. Work closely with the Veteran to develop a treatment plan, involving the Veteran and family to reduce the risk factors and stigma often associated with diagnosis. Mentors and trains program, service, and AVAHS personnel in service delivery to homeless tribal Veterans with families in the area of responsibility. Responsible for reviewing agreements between Tribes, landlords, Tribal Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements. Performs on-site visits of HUD-VASH dwellings to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes. Verifies the Veteran's enrolled tribal member status, eligibility for VA medical care, eligible under the Expanded HUD-VASH, and eligibility of program participation. Responsible for collecting and submitting HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by the Homeless Operations Management and Evaluation System (HOMES). Responsible for providing case management in a rural and remote environment. Coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the enrolled Tribal Veterans and their family members to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring Veterans and families to the VA Healthcare System, VA Regional Offices and/or Tribal/community agencies. Identifies and develops needed changes to program procedures or policies and, independently, implements these changes based upon work experiences. The HUD-VASH Case Manager performs accountability functions: document all contacts with patients/families in the medical charts; completes statistical and other reports in accordance with VA Medical Center and respective professional discipline service policies. Responsible for completing the following duties/responsibilities: Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of enrolled tribal member Veterans and family members. Lead and manage participants in the treatment planning process with other disciplines. Initiate discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. Provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate. Provide consultation/education to Veterans, their families and community providers on area resources, advance directives and VA benefits. Provide case management to Veterans and families, in office, community, or environment as needed, throughout the continuum of care. Provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate patient and family support groups as appropriate. Supervise the practice of students, interns, and case managers assigned to the HUD-VASH program upon program need. Coordinate and develop lines of communication with the AVAHS, HCHV in Anchorage and the Tribal community resources to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans Develop and maintain data and statistical compilations to comply with Joint Commission, CARF, VA and medical center policy and procedures. Documents in the patient's medical record in accordance with AVAHS policies, and the requirements of TJC and CARF. Required to operate and drive a government vehicle to provide services in the community. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8AM - 4:30PM\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Please contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator Stacy Hermann @ V20CompensationTeam@va.gov\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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