The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Social Worker, Program Coordinator is responsible for maximizing psychosocial quality of life issues in order to assist Veterans to remain in their home or in a less restrictive level of care other than a nursing home, and keep them out of the hospital as often as possible. This position is located at the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Incumbent is in charge of program development, recruitment, and case management. If you are a current, permanent VA employee, you should apply using announcement: CBST-11096692-21-AH Duties may include but are not limited to: Serves Veterans who tend to have serious, frequent and severe crises, lack family or an adequate community support networks, and are poor at self-monitoring; frequently fails to comply with instructions and treatments; has significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing psychosocial and medical support. Responsible for development of the foster homes, recruitment and placement of Veteran residents, case management, development of policies and care processes, and coordination with VA Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) interdisciplinary treatment teams. Participates in community outreach to promote the medical foster care program. Serves as a mentor to other VA MFH program coordinators, social workers, and other interested health care providers. Conducts psychosocial assessments; interviews Veteran and family members and/or significant others to establish facts about the Veteran's unique situation; presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health as a part of a comprehensive psychosocial assessment; assesses high risk factors, acuity and need for services. Interprets and explains VA treatment and benefit programs. Provides training to caregivers, students, residents, interns and those from other disciplines regarding the advantages and disadvantages of a medical foster home. Receives and completes consults from interdisciplinary teams and other social workers on complex, difficult cases, using advanced practice skills and expertise. Provides consultation to referral sources and is responsible for development and maintenance of professional standards of practice and educating others regarding such. Documents independently in the medical records utilizing electronic formats, including psychosocial assessments, diagnostics, treatment, progress notes, follow up and referrals. Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths; Uses advanced clinical training, insight and experience to interpret data and to identify viable treatment options. Provides the patient and/or caregivers and family members with ongoing supportive counseling. The purpose of such counseling is to deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with chronic/disabling illnesses, onset of a catastrophic illness and or dying; assists patient and/or caregivers in coping and dealing with the loss and grief experienced in chronic illness, terminal illness and death. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599253300
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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.