This Social Worker is assigned to Community Housing and Outreach Services; Housing and Urban Development - Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Programs at VA Puget Sound Health Care System with responsibility to provide direct and administrative support services for Veterans and their families. VA Puget Sound Health Care System is a Complexity Level 1a Facility and provides extensive primary, secondary, and care in outpatient, inpatient, residential, and community settings. Here is a list of duties, but not all duties are listed: The incumbent serves as the SW Coordinator for the Housing and Urban Development - VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program within the Community Housing and Outreach Services program that falls under the Social Work Service Line. This position is the key point of contact between VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a community agency that has been awarded VA HUD-VASH contract dollars to provide HUD-VASH housing and case management services. The SW Coordinator provides coordination and oversight of care and services directly to and on behalf of the formerly homeless Veterans and Veterans currently experiencing homelessness who are receiving services under a HUD-VASH contract 50% of the time. The SW Coordinator provides clinical Social Work services within the HUD-VASH team at Puget Sound 15% of the time, in providing clinical support/supervision and Teamlet leadership to HUD-VASH case managers who are providing direct clinical services to HUD-VASH Veterans. Additionally, the SW Coordinator works with the HUD-VASH program staff at VA Puget Sound 35% of the time to monitor, track, and report data to HUD-VASH leadership regarding voucher utilization and reconciliation with the local Public Housing Authorities. Position may involve community based work, including in Veterans homes, as well as at VA facilities. CLINICAL: Incumbent provides timely screening, psychosocial assessment, and diagnoses of mental disorders. Incumbent develops, implements, and documents the psychosocial treatment plan for an assigned caseload of Veterans including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Incumbent provides education to Veterans and family members about mental health conditions and treatment methods. Incumbent provides consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plans for Veterans, so that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the medical center. Incumbent conducts: routine suicide risk screens; comprehensive suicide risk evaluations, and collaborative safety plans when clinically indicated; follows-up with Veterans who fail to attend appointments per local procedures; seek needed consultation with Suicide Prevention Coordinator, and/or a Social Work Supervisor, as needed. ADMINISTRATIVE: The incumbent is familiar with the purpose and intent of the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2201 P.L. 107-95 which defines the target populations as homeless Veterans in need of benefits and services. Incumbent achieves clinical workload expectations as established by Social Work Service. The SW Coordinator ensures program integrity and that HUD-VASH contracted agency follows the policies and directives issued by VA Central Office as well as the National Homeless Program Office. Incumbent ensures all HUD-VASH contracted staff complete clinical documentation per the requirements outlines in HUD-VASH Directive 1162.05 (1). This is done via regular chart audits of contracted HUD-VASH case managers. The incumbent is the VA point of contact for the contracted agency when onboarding new contract staff, and assists in submitting all paperwork needed for background checks to ensure that the new contract staff has access to the VA network in a timely manner (no more than four weeks). Incumbent may develop and implement information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction. Develops, implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. The incumbent performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of the HUD-VASH program and its contracted provider(s). The incumbent provides technical assistance to the contracted provider, as appropriate. Technical assistance provided is based on monitoring activities and program reviews, and the development and analysis of information. In addition, the incumbent uses sound judgment in the interpretation of trends and patterns; the application of guidelines; and the recommendation of program enhancements. The incumbent performs program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact work as possible with various agencies (public, DOD, state, etc.). Incumbent works with Supervisory Social Worker(s), Program Manager(s) and VISN Contracting Officer to develop a statement of work for initial and ongoing solicitation of the contract and assists with awarding option years, as indicated by the contract. Incumbent communicates with the Contracting Officer for all areas of contract compliance and performance, as indicated, and completes associated reports in an accurate and timely manner. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Eligible 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.