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. Applicants pending the completion of educational, or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. I am a past, current, upcoming VHA Health Professional Trainee (HPT) graduate who has successfully completed or is expected to successfully complete an affiliate sponsored or VA sponsored training program and on track for meeting the requirement at the time of appointment. I understand that I must provide a proof of HPT to be considered. 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 to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of 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 http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post- training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. For the GS-12 grade level the social worker conducts timely assessment of at-risk Veterans in crisis to identify immediate needs, evaluate risk, and initiate safety plan as appropriate. The social worker provides interventions independently with Veterans and their families/caregivers who are experiencing a wide range of complicated medical, behavioral health, financial, legal, and psychosocial problems. They provide a range of interventions and treatment modalities which may include individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy. They independently formulate and implement a treatment plan including measurable, achievable goals identifying the Veterans' needs, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and psychosocial acuity. Social workers serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility and VISN level or in the community. They provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of Veterans offering professional opinions based on experience, expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. The social worker establishes and maintains ongoing education programs for Veterans, community agencies, students, and staff, to facilitate understanding of social work interventions specific to the Veteran/Military population. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level, and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-185/120 Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is a GS-12. Physical Requirements: Daily intermittent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of lightweight items required. Rigid deadlines and need for high degree of accuracy periodically becomes stressful. ["Medical Foster Home (MFH) is for Veterans who are more medically complex and disabled and who will benefit from receiving interdisciplinary primary care in the home. MFH combines Veterans placement in a Community Residential Care (CRC) home with Home Based Primary Care (HBPC). MFH offers a safe alternative to nursing home care by placement into a private home in the community that may be a more acceptable care environment to Veterans and those responsible for their care. The MFH Program Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the MFH program. The MFH Coordinator is responsible for program development, operations, and evaluation. The responsibilities of the MFH Coordinator include but are not limited to: A. Marketing MFH to VA staff, Veterans and families, Veterans Service Organizations, and the community. B. Establishing working relationships with all involved non-VA parties; agencies, communities, Veterans, families and caregivers. C. Maintaining appropriate working relationships with all levels of VA staff including the Veteran's VA Care Manager and interdisciplinary home care team. D. Recruiting and recommending approval of new homes that could provide care to Veterans in need of MFH care. E. Implementing a process of referral and placement of Veterans into MFHs. F. Ensuring adherence to processes for addressing MFH non-compliance with VA's CRC standards. G. Quality monitoring of MFHs after placement of each Veteran. H. Ensuring initial and annual home inspections are done by the interdisciplinary VA inspection team. I. Ensuring that the MFH caregivers are furnished with, and understand, the inspection team's recommendations. J. Ensuring a safe, suitable and therapeutic environment for Veterans residing in MFH. K. Identifying concerns of the Veteran, the inspection team, or any member of the care team, and discussing concerns and resolutions with the MFH caregiver. L. Documenting and overseeing correction of any MFH violations. M. Developing an annual update of MFH policies, procedures, and the caregiver guide. N. Arranging the semi-annual training sessions for the MFH caregivers, as required by the most current CRC standards. O. Ensuring that MFH caregivers are provided with, and understand, the local caregiver guide. P. As needed, provide case management to and/or on behalf of the Veteran to meet needs or concerns. Communicates directly with HBPC Social Worker regarding case management needs. Q. All work is completed in compliance with VHA Handbook 1141.02 Medical Foster Home Procedures. R. Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chief of Social Work or designee. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Yes, authorized per agency policy Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact , Cora Prichard the EDRP Coordinator at Cora.Prichard@va.gov for questions/assistance. Learn more 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.