The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) is a Complexity Level 1b facility that is a major tertiary care referral center and provides care at Community-Based Outpatient Clinics in Toledo, Flint, Jackson, Adrian, Howell, and Canton and facilities at Packard and Green Roads. The VAAAHS is an academic health care system with significant teaching and research programs. 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. a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. b. 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. c. 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/. Loss of Licensure or Certification. Once licensed or certified, social workers must maintain a full, valid, and unrestricted independent license or certification to remain qualified for employment. Loss of licensure or certification will result in removal from the GS-0185 social worker series and may result in termination of employment. d. English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005. 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 REQUIREMENTS: Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-13 Experience/Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidates 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. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs. (a) Skill in coordinating and implementing one or more specialty program(s), across the facility. (b) Skill in local policy and practice development, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program as prescribed by the program handbook or national directive. (c) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). (d) Ability to collaborate with internal and external partners to further program goals and enhance patient centered care. (e) Ability to provide the full range of supervisory duties including assignment of work to be performed; performance evaluations; and selection of staff, training, and recommendation of awards, advancements, and when appropriate, disciplinary action. (f) Ability to oversee the fiscal matters of the functions supervised (including fund controls, contracts, and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs, and administer the allocated budget. (g) Knowledge of organizational structure and impact on program operations. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 Physical Requirements: Work, divided between office and clinical settings, is primarily sedentary. May require prolonged standing, moderate walking, and manual dexterity. Requires carrying light items, such as books, files, or laptop computer. ["The Social Work Care Coordination and Integrated Case Management (CC&ICM) Program Coordinator will serve as the Co-Champion for the CC&ICM program and will partner with the CC&ICM RN to implement the national CC&ICM framework which serves a patient population with highly complex health and mental health problems to ensure they receive the right level of care coordination support based on their prominent need. The Social Work CC&ICM Program Coordinator has both clinical and administrative responsibility to ensure effectiveness of services, application of latest VHA guidelines, and modification of service patterns. The Primary Purpose of the position is the provision of leadership in developing and implementing CC&ICM at the facility across all services and programs. This will include coordination and direct clinical evidence-based services including, assessments and interventions, program development, Veteran, family, caregiver, and staff education on CC& ICM, resource development, community outreach, continuous quality improvement activities, and evaluation/consultation. The Social Work CC&ICM Program Coordinator oversees the administrative and clinical programming and daily operations of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) CC&ICM program. The incumbent has full responsibility for all phases of service delivery for the CC&ICM program to include coordinating treatment services and admission criteria for the program. The incumbent develops and implements policies and procedures specific to VAAAHS and ensures compliance with local facility, VISN, Office of Nursing Service (ONS) and Care Management and Social Work (CMSW), and VA Central Office directives and handbooks, as well as the Joint Commission, and other accrediting bodies and regulatory standards as needed. Responsible for the planning, development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of program operations. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day-to-day functioning and program evaluation. In conjunction with the Service Chief and/or supervisory designee and nursing counterparts, plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, Veteran and personnel activities for the Service. The CC&ICM framework is a specialized, collaborative practice among multiple healthcare professions that provides structure and standards to support inter-professional collaboration throughout the continuum of care and optimal utilization of healthcare resources. It addresses physical, mental health and psychosocial needs to enhance Veterans' wellness, level of functioning, and quality of life. The aim is to provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective interventions integrated throughout the continuum of healthcare; to improve access to care, reduce duplication and fragmentation of services, ensure adherence to professional standards of practice, and support staff in their work. The Social Work CC&ICM Program Coordinator implements standardized tools designed to integrate care horizontally and vertically to include but not limited to, bridging medical care and mental health care, transitioning inpatient care and outpatient care, and integrating community care and VA care thereby creating a seamless continuum experience for the Veteran. Incumbent develops and implements a facility level framework for implementation of national standardized processes and tools that integrate communication, collaboration and coordination across services and programs to expand upon existing VHA program approaches and address concerns about care coordination service delivery gaps and service duplication. The responsibilities that fall under the Social Work CC&ICM Program Coordinator include but are not limited to the following tasks: Identify cohort of Veterans across VAAAHS with the highest opportunity and highest need. Identify potential areas where care coordination is taking place to include but not limited to primary care, surgical care, mental health, community care, specialty clinics, geriatrics, and chronic disease. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 92723-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.