The Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) and the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Social Worker at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) Medical Center identifies and engages Veterans who are not only homeless or marginally housed and who underutilize VA services but Veterans who are also housed. The position is based and provides services at the SFVAHCS' San Francisco Downtown CBOC and San Francisco VA Medical Center Emergency Department. The incumbent provides Veterans with a range of social work services, including assessment and referrals, clinical treatment, short-term case management, advocacy and service coordination, and linkage with VA and community services. This is accomplished in concert with other members of the Downtown CBOC and SFVA Medical Center interdisciplinary teams. The incumbent possesses knowledge and is sensitive to the needs of the homeless population. The incumbent has knowledge and experience in the use of medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment modalities. Is able to complete a comprehensive psychosocial assessment to identify strengths, needs, social support systems, disabilities, and barriers to accessing housing and available treatment options. Has general knowledge of Veteran's benefits and services related to special programs, service-connected compensation, non-service connected pensions, and benefits that are available on the federal and state levels, and through city/county social services. The Social Worker is sensitive to the needs of homeless Veterans and their families, realizing that homelessness creates added stress for Veterans and their loved ones. The incumbent is aware of the special challenges in working with Veterans with co-morbid physical, mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, and is able to work with this Veteran population. The incumbent also is responsible for outreach to homeless Veterans and can work confidently with city/county agencies to increase resources for "on-the-street" or marginally housed Veterans. The goal is to increase stability in Veterans' lives and assist Veterans in returning to independent, healthy, productive lifestyles. The incumbent is familiar with community resources and can assist and refer Veterans to appropriate community service providers. The incumbent is available to work evening hours, as needed, to meet the needs of Veterans that are not able to be seen from 8am to 430 pm or for evening groups. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm 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.