The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Senior Social Worker. The Senior Social Worker will function in Social Work Service. The HUD-VASH social worker functions as an intensive case manager for chronically homeless veterans, a special patient population with highly complex health and/ or mental health problems. They provide psychosocial services to veterans who reside in stable housing through Housing Choice Vouchers utilizing a team approach. The HUD- VASH social worker is a case manager and advocate for the veteran through collaboration with multiple community agencies such as Northeast Ohio Coalition of Homelessness, HUD, Veterans Service Commission, the Public Housing Authority and Supportive Housing initiatives. The incumbent coordinates care on behalf of veterans with the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System (VANEOHS). The incumbent utilizes the Housing First model of care, striving to move homeless veterans into housing as quickly as possible and then addressing needs with community and VA services to sustain housing utilizing a interdisciplinary team approach. This position requires significant travel in a government vehicle. Under the Housing First model of care interdisciplinary teams will be in place which requires that staff members will need to coordinate with veterans across multiple counties. Additional duties and responsibilities includes but are not limited to the following: The incumbent is responsible for providing case management for a caseload of veterans in the HUD-VASH program. Provides psychosocial screening, assessment, counseling and crisis intervention. Develops a comprehensive treatment plan in collaboration with the veteran. Coordinates family conferences and provides education to families as well as to the veteran which may require significant travel in the community in a government car. Responsible for reviewing agreements between HCV landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements. Performs site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes. Verifies the veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation. Responsible for ensuring that chronically homeless veterans are considered as primary participants for program acceptance. Responsible for collecting and submitting HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by NEPEC evaluation procedures and the VA Homeless Operations Management and Evaluation System (HOMES) registry. Responsible for providing HUD-VASH case management. Provides individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions to assist veterans with securing, adjusting to, and maintaining stable housing. Coordinates care including serving as an advocate on behalf of the veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery, and linking and referring veterans to the VA Medical Center, VA Regional Offices and/or community agencies. Complies with criminal conflict of interest laws and Executive Branch Standards of conduct so as to avoid conflicts of interest while serving as the HUD-VASH Case Manager. Participates in the HUD-VASH Program conference calls and attends training offered by the HUD-VASH. Responsible for following local policy and SOP for the HUD-VASH Program. This includes following policies and documentation requirements as required for CARF and JCAHO accreditation. Actively participates in program planning and development, advising the supervisor of shifting trends with caseloads and identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes based upon work experiences. Takes responsibility for improving professional skills, participating in planning and executing specific staff development projects, attending seminars and institutes, and participating in training programs of other disciplines as requested. Performs accountability functions such as documenting all contacts with patients/families in the medical charts and completing statistical and other reports in accordance with VA Medical Center and respective professional discipline service policies. The incumbent works with VANEOHS multi-disciplinary teams and community agencies to strive for developing more effective and efficient ways of delivering healthcare services to HUD-VASH Program veterans. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.