Social Worker - Coordinated Entry Specialist - Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Leavenworth, Kansas, Kansas
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 723067700
The HCHV Community Engagement/Coordinated Entry Program Coordinator enables the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System Homeless Programs to fully collaborate with community partners, including all Continuum of Cares (CoC), allowing VA EKHCS to effectively implement and monitor compliance with community coordinated entry guidelines. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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. Note: 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. Licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work 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. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following qualification criteria must be met for each grade. The candidate's qualifications must clearly demonstrate the level of competence required for the grade. Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience: 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 and 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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. Knowledge Required by the Position Program coordination and administration including consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Writing policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines. Providing clinical oversite and quality assurance to multidisciplinary staff. Provides training, orientation, consultation, and guidance within specialization of practice. Provide consultation to staff and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients experiencing homelessness, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise. Organizes work, sets priorities, meets multiple deadlines, and evaluates assigned areas. Expert skill in developing and implementing methods to measure effectiveness of clinical care for homeless Veterans, using outcome evaluations to improve the care, screen, and assess homeless Veterans ensuring they are offered the appropriate level of care in a manner consistent with VA's Housing First approach to service delivery. Coordinates the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Designs system changes based on empirical findings. Uses computer software applications for data management and tracking. Preferred Experience: Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185 Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary but requires distance driving. It may require some occasional lifting (10-35Ibs). Requires reaching above shoulder, twisting neck with ability to see from side to side with range of motion at least 45 degrees, and ability to coordinate all four extremities. Position requires frequent keyboarding (4-7 hours per day), sitting (4-7 hours per day), walking up to 6 hours per day, or standing up to 8 hours a day. Infrequent climbing/ descending of stairs and some bending. Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. Requires incumbent pass a pre-employment driving physical through Occupational/Employee Health to transport Veterans in a government vehicle. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Community Engagement Participates in VA EK Catchment area of service (County COCs) and the Balance of State CoC meetings and planning, to include leadership roles. Participates in case conferencing process within the CoC's coordinated entry system to inform and facilitate referrals to VA programs such as HUDVASH, SSVF, CERS, and GPO. Is the main point of contact for all CoC By Name List (BNL) meetings and is prepared to discuss individual Veteran case status. Partners with community agencies, including meetings with organizations outside of BNL to ensure Veterans have a stable housing plan and are making progress towards their housing goals. Ensures efficient sharing of Veteran data and program information, including expertise in HMIS and HOMES data standards, data sharing and privacy authorities, HUD guidance, and other applicable guidance. Updates HMIS for HCHV and HUDVASH and monitors HMIS compliance from other agencies working with Veterans. Contributes to a CoC level resource-and-demand analysis, and makes recommendations to VA EKHCS Homeless Program Supervisor on adjustments to resource allocations. Assists with feedback surveys to Veterans and community providers, analyzes results, and implements solutions as needed. Policy formulation with federal partners, including VA, HUD, and USICH who have active initiatives to promote CES and community planning. Works with local VA programs, with focus on HCHV, CERS, HUD-VASH, GPO, and SSVF to ensure broad-based participation. Develops strategies to eliminate gaps in services and assists the community in meeting and maintaining the federal benchmarks standards to end Veteran homelessness. Conducts formal trainings on VA Homeless Program services and coordinated entry guidelines to community providers throughout the RJDVAMC catchment area. Coordinated Entry Ensures timely and accurate entry by all members of the HCHV Outreach Team into VA data systems, such as HOMES, and reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans. Ensures that this information is shared (in a manner consistent with VA information sharing directives) so that community By-Name Lists are up-to-date and complete. Provides direct linkage from community services to the VA EKHCS Homeless Program services through regular and consistent outreach and communication. Serves as a member of multidisciplinary homeless program treatment teams to link treatment team discussions to the community's case conferencing discussions, ensures continuity of care for Veterans experiencing homelessness in addition to complex physical and mental illnesses. This includes case consultations with SSVF grantees, CERS & GPD grantees, HUDVASH, and HCHV Outreach staff. Provides clinical guidance and resources to the HCHV Outreach Social Workers via weekly huddles and case consultations has needed. Develops a strategic outreach plan for the HCHV Outreach Team to implement and ensure that all areas within the VA EKHCS catchment area are targeted. Constructs and executes methods to collect/interpret program data and program evaluation to improve practice patterns, efficiency, and effectiveness of the HCHV Outreach program. Monitors Veteran's in the Housing First program and assists the HCHV Outreach Team in identifying eligible Veterans and support HCHV Staff is providing recovery-oriented housing first services, with the goal of establishing the Veteran independently in the community at the Veteran's highest level of functioning. Reviews the VAEKHCS suicide high-risk list published by the Suicide Prevention Coordinator. Provides support to the VAEKHCS Homeless Program teams as a functional member of the team, including participation in outreach activities and subject matter consultation expert on community involved interventions for homeless Veterans. Assists in planning, marketing, and collaborating with community partners on outreach events including the annual Point in Time Count, VA2K, and Stand Down events, as needed. Direct Patient Care Provides coverage for the HCHV Outreach clinic, when needed, by completing psychosocial histories and assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans. Case management services to include: assisting Veterans in searching for housing, gathering documents, acquiring food resources, going to medical appointments, or transporting to emergency shelter options. At times, will transport Veterans within the VA EKHCS catchment area in government vehicles. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0800 - 1630 Telework: Yes - as determined by the agency policy. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized to highly qualified candidates. EDRP Authorized: Contact Julie.Steakley@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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