The Primary Purpose of the Position is: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) provides case management, supportive services, and subsidized housing vouchers for eligible homeless Veterans. The primary goal of the program is to house Veterans, while working on secondary issues the Veteran have be experiencing. The Organizational Location of the Position is: VA North Texas Health Care System, Mental Health Division, Dallas, Texas. 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. 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. 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/. 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: Social Worker, GS-11 Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. OR Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Preferred Experience: Case Management Mental Health Crisis Intervention Data collection, management and presentation Assessments and Evaluations Homeless placements Supportive therapies References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Socail Worker Qualification Standard The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GA-9 to GS-11. Physical Requirements: Light lifting: under 15 pounds; straight pulling (up to 1 hour); pushing (1- 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (up to 3 hours); standing (up to 3 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision and far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required for depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted); climbing stairs; mentally alert; both legs required for operation of motor vehicle; and frequent keyboarding to operate a computer. Frequent Travel: The position requires frequent working with Veterans within the community, travel away from the duty station for local meetings; and infrequent distant meetings and conferences. Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Texas and Federal Driver License to operate a government vehicle. The Mental Health Service of the VA North Texas Health Care System values cultural diversity across our staff and training programs. Mental Health Service leaders are deeply committed to fostering an environment that is highly sensitive to and appreciative of all aspects of diversity. Our staff represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, competencies, interests, and theoretical orientations. We believe that increased self-awareness and appreciation for other viewpoints and cultures makes our service stronger and strengthens our ability to provide the highest quality of mental health care. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Duties to include but not limited to: Completes psychosocial assessments of the Veteran; Completes the intake/brief psychosocial assessments to assess the needs of the Veteran, the willingness of the Veteran to participate in various services, and options for care coordination; Develops individualized service plans and sets achievable treatment/care goals with the Veteran; Attends interdisciplinary team meetings to discuss the Veteran's care as needed. Provides ongoing assessments and updating the Veteran's individualized service plan; Uses VA and community-based resources to provide for the Veteran's needs; Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's need for institutional and community-based benefits, services and programs. Educates the Veteran, and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other about available services; Develops a resource file of VA and community-based social service programs; Coordinates for the Veteran community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community-based agency programs. Advocates for the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other. Educates the Veteran, the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other about methods of self-advocacy; Coordinates resource fair events, participate in outreach activities, coordinate program graduation ceremonies for program participants, and continue to advocate for resources to assist the Veterans. This may require the incumbent to work evenings, nights and/or weekend hours to complete these duties. Provides crisis intervention or Outreach to assist the Veteran with information, intervention, and access to care;in local homeless shelters, community agency; Provides education related to the Veteran's VA entitlements, eligibility, services, and programs, as well as community resources for medical and mental health needs; Provides education to the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other about VA Advance Directive: Coordination of Non-Institutional and Institutional Services; Responsible for the coordination of referrals for VA placements in Inpatient Behavioral Health Programs, Homeless Domiciliary, Adult Homes, Assisted Living Programs, Substance Abuse Programs, CNH, NHCU etc.. Provides the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and /or significant other with ongoing supportive counseling; Works with the Veteran, the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other, who are experiencing a variety of medical, mental health and/or social problems. Utilizes individual, group, and family counseling skills, while under supervision. Works with more ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver, and/or significant other to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veteran's issues, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed; Conducts groups including educational groups and supportive counseling groups as directed; Enters all Veteran contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates; Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with employees, volunteers, consumers, and stakeholders within the VA, such as EMS, SPD, Nursing, Valet, Canteen, Engineering, and/or DFW National Cemetery; Establishes and maintains positive working relationship with community-based program staff; Attend all meetings, such as but not limited to Interdisciplinary Team Meetings, Resident Council Meetings, Social Work Services Meetings, Mental Health Social Work Meetings, and other meeting as required. Collaborate in the performance improvement processes for the HUD/VASH Program or VA as assigned. Participate in activities that obtain feedback from the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver and/or significant other; Gathers data for the HUD/VASH program evaluation system and participate in program effectiveness projects. Responsible for inputting data into NEPEC and/or other required data bases or software systems as determined by the Program Manager; Completes appropriate clinical reminders and capture all caseload activity; Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the Veteran and as appropriate the Veteran's family, caregiver, and/or significant other; Provides consultation services to other staff about the psychosocial needs of Veterans; Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Available\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Available\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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