The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Social Worker (HUD-VASH SUD). The Social Worker (HUD-VASH SUD) will function in Social Work Service. The social worker is the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist for Homeless Programs. This position provides case management and intervention support to Housing and Urban Development - Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD - VASH) Program in a team oriented, recovery-based program with a focus on rapidly housing or rehousing chronically homeless or homeless Vets with complex needs. The duties of the Social Worker (HUD-VASH SUD) include, but are not limited to: Provides direct SUD services for HUD - VASH in the Medical Center, community and home settings. Provides Outreach services for HUD - VASH in the community. Provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in areas related to SUD assessment, anger management, and life skills and SUD with co-occurring disorders. Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others. Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnoses of SUD. Provides all necessary assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories, and SUD assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans. Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework. Works with the Veteran to realize the Veteran's treatment goals, and reassesses and revises goals as indicated by the Veteran's engagement in treatment. Organizes and conducts individual and group case management and SUD treatment, to include early interventions and supportive follow-up to ensure stability in home visits and facility-based contacts. Provides SUD support to the HUD - VASH team as a functional member of this team, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits, when indicated by suspicion of HUD - VASH participant SUD use. Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team. Develops partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication. Provides liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans to HUD - VASH to ensure continuity of care and promote successful transition of Veterans from one program to another. Provides consultative services to HUD - VASH, as needed. Participates in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with other members of HUD - VASH and Homeless Programs. Provides appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans. Responsible for the collection of statistical data and for reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans. Provides recovery -oriented treatment with the goal of establishing the Veteran independently in the community at the Veteran's highest level of functioning and quality of life. Responsible for entering data into the HOMES registry and other documentation as required. Responsible for evaluation and development of sober/safe housing options in the community through visitation and consultation with community providers that can provide appropriate housing for this veteran population. Responsible for maintaining and achieving current knowledge of evidenced based practices including motivational interviewing, harm reduction and other recovery modalities. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Tour may be modified or extended based on the needs of the Veteran or facility.) 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.