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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Senior Social Worker in Las Vegas, Nevada

Summary

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

Responsibilities

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System is currently recruiting for three Senior Social Workers. There is an opening as a Transitional Care Coordinator in the Behavioral Health Service line, a Suicide Prevention Coordinator in Behavioral Health Service, and a HUD/VASH Senior Social Worker in the Social Work Service Line. Behavioral Health Transitional Care Coordinator

The primary function of the Behavioral Health Transitional Care Coordinator in the Southwest Primary Care Clinic will be to provide comprehensive case management and discharge planning to Veterans currently receiving services that is managed/monitored by community mental health/medical facilities. Responsibilities include the management, coordination, and provision of social work and behavioral health services to Veterans and their families in community settings. Additional functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Work in partnership with the Behavioral Health Transitional Care Coordinator RN.

  • Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members.

  • Conduct psychiatric assessments, to include risk assessments when appropriate.

  • Actively participate in the treatment planning process with other disciplines and assist with discharge planning.

  • Provide individual, family, and group counseling as appropriate.

  • Face-to-face contact to introduce the Veteran to the "face" of VA Behavioral Health Service while they are hospitalized at the non-VA inpatient mental health facility. The goal being to optimize continuity of care from the non-VA inpatient mental health facility to the VA outpatient setting. This position requires a high amount of drive time as interventions occur primarily in the community and multiple visits per week may be made to the Veteran as needed. The Behavioral Health Transitional Care Coordinator requires a current valid and unrestricted driver's license. Suicide Prevention Coordinator

The Senior Social Worker in the Veterans Recovery Center is responsible for assessing the risk of suicide in individual patients in conjunction with the treating clinician and managing the Category II Patient Record Flag for patients at risk for suicide.

Tracks high-risk veterans and monitors treatment to ensure that needed services are being received. Provide appropriate clinical referrals to Veterans affected by a suicide attempt or bereaved by suicide, including trauma treatment and care for complicated grief.

Responds to consults from the Veteran Crisis Line within 24 business hours and coordinates the follow-up care for those Veterans and families to assure timely access to care and follow-up for patients in crisis.

Provides training to staff at the VA Medical Center, Primary Care Clinics, CBOC's, and community agencies regarding suicide risk factors, warning signs, treatment options, medical center memorandum and standard operating procedures, and resources.

Develops and promotes educational materials about the warning signs for Veteran suicide and how to connect individuals in crisis with assistance and care.

Works to reduce stigma associated with suicidal behavior and mental health and substance use disorders among Veterans. Promotes the understanding that recovery from mental health and substance use disorders is real and possible for all Veterans.

Encourages collaboration between providers of mental health and substance use services and community-based programs, including peer support programs and Veterans Service Organizations (VSO). HUD/VASH Senior Social Worker

This position provides field-based intensive case management and intervention support to homeless Veterans in the HUD-VASH program in a shared, team-oriented, recovery-based program. The Senior Social Worker independently provides clinical psychosocial treatment and ongoing case management services at an advanced practice level to eligible Veterans and their family members in their home environment to meet biological, psychological, social and environmental needs in obtaining and maintaining subsidized permanent housing. The primary goal of the program is to end the cycle of homelessness for Veterans through intensive case management and clinical intervention. Some duties include, but are not limited to:

Referrals to internal/external stakeholders, such as the Public Housing Authority

Screening and psychosocial assessment to determine needs of the patient and family

Treatment planning

Completing Comprehensive Suicide Risk Assessments and Safety Plans

Intensive case management with contact frequency from 1x week to 1x quarter

Provide individual counseling using evidenced-based practices such as Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction Housing Searches & transportation The HUD/VASH Senior Social Worker requires a current valid unrestricted driver's license. Telework, if approved, would be on an ADHOC basis for HUD-VASH only. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 7:30 to 4:00 PM.

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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. 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. English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. 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 Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12Experience/Education. 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. References: VA handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G39

Physical Requirements: This position requires light lifting, light carrying; Reaching above shoulders; Use of fingers; Walking 1-4 hours; Standing 4 hours; Repeated bending 8 hours; Hearing (aid permitted). Operation of a motor vehicle is required for the HUD/VASH Social Worker and Behavioral Health Transitional Care Coordinator.

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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