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. Basic Qualifications: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. 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. Licensure. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. 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 Determination: GS-12 Social Worker (Program Coordinator) Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39 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: Physical Demands of the work are generally minor. The work is primarily sedentary, although the stress involved in dealing continually with persons in emotional distress and who may be uncooperative and occasionally violent makes this work notably more demanding than most sedentary jobs." For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019. http://www.va.gov/vapubs/ ["Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Occasional Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00969F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact V21CCOEEDRP@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The Healthcare for Homeless Veteran (HCHV) Case Manager functions as the Social Work Coordinator and is administratively responsible for the coordination and implementation of clinical programming, as well as program effectiveness and/or modification of service patterns. The responsibility of the HCHV Case Manager is to identify and engage homeless Veterans and provide them with direct services and/or develop and connect homeless Veterans to the services and resources that will enable them to secure safe, affordable, quality permanent housing. Delivery of these services requires specialized knowledge and skills and extensive experience in resource identification and access with VA medical, mental health, substance abuse, and other specialty clinical providers, as well as community coordination; understanding of HUD regulations, interpretation, and repair strategies to successfully overcome housing acceptance barriers including negative housing histories, bad credit and criminal records, and the preparation of appeal presentations. The direct services are delivered within a creative provider-consumer partnership that emphasizes a trauma/recovery model/harm reduction approach, promoting personal mastery and peer mentoring. The foundation of this service is the Peer Housing Location Assistance Group (PHLAG) developed by the Incumbent. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to: Performs outreach and facilitates eligibility determination by securing military discharge papers when necessary and facilitating enrollment for care with VA eligibility staff and determining HCHV eligibility in accordance with the HUD Mc Kinney Act definition of homelessness. Conducts psychosocial assessments; develops treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran/family and with the interdisciplinary treatment team. Coordinates care with multiple providers, including mental health, medical, and other providers. Expert level skills to perform psychosocial interventions and measure outcome results. Coordinates the disposition of referrals to the HCHV CM program, to include meetings to discuss new referrals and to discuss challenging care coordination efforts with the HCHV team. Coordinates team case management assignments. Proficient in coordinating community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Identifies high risk patients with complex or serious health and/or mental health problems and provides case management services. Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as presenting complaint, engaging family and other support systems as appropriate. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures, including acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses and /injuries, common medications and their effects, side effects, and medical terminology. Ability to identify multiple causes of physical and/or mental illnesses when developing treatment plans. Establishes and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with Veterans and their families when appropriate. Works independently with patients and families who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical and social problems, utilizing individual, group and family counseling and therapy skills. Coordinates consultation services to other VA staff regarding the psychosocial needs of homeless Veterans and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and adherence to treatment plans. Evaluate their own professional practice through peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. General knowledge of Veterans' benefits and services relating to special programs, service-connected compensation and non-service-connected pension. Coordinates referrals to these services based upon Veterans' needs and eligibility. Working knowledge and skill in the use of word processing, data management and other computer systems, especially those programs in use by the VA. Meet the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (Veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner. Provide the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Documents in the patient's medical record in accordance with medical center policies, and the requirements of Joint Commission and CARF. Performs other related duties as assigned."]
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