*Incentives Not Available* The Senior Social Worker (SSW) functions as the Case Manager for Mann-Grandstaff VAMC's Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers assigned to rural and remote areas in the Central Washington Corridor. The SSW has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced independent practice skills and judgment as much of the work is rural with little day-to-day supervision. The SSW works independently in a rural and remote environment as the "systems expert" and has increased responsibility due to the distant relationship with the support hospital. They must make independent decisions and design policy and procedures that allow them to develop a system of care delivery in a resource scarce environment. In addition, they must work closely with community resources to help Veterans obtain care and services in the area in which they choose to live. This requires an increased level of knowledge in information systems such as telehealth and electronic record keeping. Must have knowledge and experience with substance abuse assessment and treatment. The SSW skillset and expertise will focus on four major areas: Clinical Assessment The SSW must evaluate each Veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrive at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and priority for admission. Assess at-risk factors and develop a preliminary plan, involving the Veteran and family or significant others, and perform thorough assessments of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness which may also include catastrophic medical conditions, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other high risks diagnoses. Interview the Veteran and/or their family members to establish facts about the Veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veterans functioning and health. Review all data, subjective and objective and make a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Comprehensive Case Management Case management is the provision of services by VA clinical staff to homeless Veterans and includes all activities to provide appropriate treatment and maintain Veterans in HUD approved stable housing. The SSW coordinates specialized services not only for Veterans but also for Veterans' spouses, children, and family systems. Family cases are complex, involve multiple causes of impairment at various levels, involve multiple systems in the community (legal, medical, occupational, social, educational, etc.) and require extensive knowledge of and collaboration with community resources- those that serve Veterans and those that serve women, children, and families. Intervention is often clinically and ethically complex. While making all indicated resources services available to Veterans and family members, the SSW may be called upon to engage the school system, non-VA employment resources for a Veteran's spouse, law enforcement's domestic violence unit, child protective services, etc. Perform on-site visits of HUD-VASH apartments/housing units in rural and remotely separated communities to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes. Coordinate care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans and their family members to ensure comprehensive service delivery and linking and referring Veterans and families to the VA Medical Center and/or community agencies. Using known resources, make initial and continuing decisions coordinating the Veteran's care through VA and non-VA services and provide independent consultation and make recommendation to the interdisciplinary team on course of action. Program Administration and Organization The SSW is responsible for program oversight, monitoring and administration, serving as the contact with local Public Housing Authorities (PHA's) and providing clinical case-management (directly or through referral) to Veterans enrolled in HUD-VASH. Develop working relationships and agreements with other organizations and directly coordinate with the designated PHA regarding housing voucher application and award process for each Veteran. Review agreements between Section 8 landlords, PHAs, and the VA to establish appropriate referral sites for placements. Implement and maintain referral and screening procedures for potential HUD-VASH, Program Veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs. Outreach Regularly conduct and participate 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. Required to operate and drive a government vehicle to provide services in the community. Transport Veterans to appointments in the community to ensure continuity of care. Maintain current and establish new relationships with other community-based service providers for the homeless, and when appropriate, represent the VA at community service provider meetings. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. 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.