Coordinated Entry Specialist (CES) Senior Social Worker
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 711307200
The Columbia VA Health Care System (VAHCS) opened in 1932 at its current location. The facility has 204 skilled nursing beds, which includes acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care. The hospital provides primary, secondary, and some tertiary care. The facility is a complex teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. 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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. 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/. Grade Determinations: GS-12 The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs:(a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management.(b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.(c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes.(d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills.(e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. Preferred Experience: At least 2 years of experience working with the homeless population. 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: Light lifting under 15 pounds, Light carrying, under 15 pounds, use of fingers, both hands required, walking 2 hours, standing 2 hours, both legs required, operation for motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13' to 16' to Jaeger 1 to 4, Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability, work outside and inside, excessive heat, excessive cold, excessive humidity, dry atmospheric conditions, constant noise, dust, work closely with others, work alone. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Senior Social Worker is the Coordinated Entry (CE) Specialist for Homeless Programs. This position enables VA homeless programs to fully collaborate with the community, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) and community partners, in the coordinated entry efforts in that community; Experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgement in clinical services for homeless Veterans; Specifically, supports the VA Homeless Program by providing continuity of care for homeless Veterans between VHA and community-based programs, as the Veteran transitions from homelessness into programs such as HCHV Contract Residential Housing (CRS), Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (RRTPs), and Grant Per Diem Programs (GPD) as well as directly to permanent housing through the Housing and Urban Development Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), or other forms of housing in the community. This continuity of care also includes coordination with the local Suicide Prevention Coordinator(s) (SPC) to enhance suicide prevention amongst homeless Veterans encountered through community-based programs; Provides leadership in the community by actively participating in the local plans to end Veteran homelessness as well as conducting and leading the coordination of outreach services to homeless Veterans; Develops appropriate professional relationships with community stakeholders and is responsible for communicating potential CoC policy or protocol changes to local VA leadership where such changes would enhance the VA's ability to coordinate housing and services for homeless Veterans with the CoC or other key partners. Facilitates VA involvement in the CoC's Coordinated Entry System (CES) and will be responsible for helping VA meet federal guidelines on CES, as described by regulations and guidance published by HUD; Coordinates their efforts with local planning and support currently provided by VA, HUD, and USICH technical assistance initiatives designed to support local planning and the creation of a CES; Involvement requires that the incumbent is both aware and involved in current CoC plans to meet these federal requirements' Functions as a liaison, participating in case conferencing and other pertinent community meetings, as needed. The Senior Social Worker is the VA liaison for coordinating outreach efforts with local community partners; including ensuring linkages to VA services and the local SPC for those Veterans who are experiencing literal street homelessness and are at high risk for suicide. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, (subject to change based on agency needs). Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #:FS533336F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.