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 This position functions as one of the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Social Workers for the Medical Center's Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV), HUD-VASH Program. The HUD/VASH program is a collaborative effort, supported through HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers and VA's provision of intensive case management services. The primary goal of HUD/VASH is to move veterans and their families out of chronic homelessness. The primary component of the program is VA case management services, designed to improve veteran's health and mental health, enhancing their ability to remain stable, housed and community-integrated. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Provides Outreach services for HUD-VASH in the community. Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others. Provides all necessary assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories, and assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans. Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team. Participates in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with other members of HUD-VASH and Homeless Programs. Serves as one of the primary contacts with the local Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) and providing case management-based services (directly or through referral) necessary to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with the VA medical center, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations. Conducts and participants in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and "on the streets," as well as those who are referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics. Establishes, implements, and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HUD/VASH veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs. Participates in the screening procedures to involve a multidisciplinary team approach and is responsible to ensure criteria and procedures are maintained. Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary plan, involving the veteran and family or significant others, and performs an insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness which may also include, catastrophic medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other high risks diagnoses. Receives and completes consults requesting services from interdisciplinary team members and from other mental health professional on complex, difficult cases, Provides referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This announcement has been extended for a wider applicant pool. Applicants who have applied and been referred do not need to apply again.
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.