The incumbent provides staff education regarding Homemaker/Home Health Aide (H/HHA), Purchased Skilled Home Health Care (VNA), Contract-Adult Day Health Care (C-ADHC), and Home Respite Care services and referral processes; the development, evaluation, and communication of standards, policies, and procedures and plans of care in the H/HHA, VNA, CADHC, and home respite care programs; the identification, development, and oversight of program resources in the community. Applicants must be fully qualified by the closing date of this announcement. 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. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). 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 for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going 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 work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. In addition, candidates must also demonstrate the KSAs of the full performance level (GS-11): (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Preferred Experience: Long term care and discharge planning experience is preferred. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Must be in overall good health, able to sit at a desk working at a computer, engage in light to moderate physical activity including sitting, walking, bending, and carrying supplies. Applicants must be able to perform primarily light and sedentary duties with occasionally moderate physical demands, exercise patience, and control emotions, with reasonable accommodation, if necessary, without endangering the health and safety of the applicant or others. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Program Coordination: The social worker will participate in the development, evaluation, and communication of standards, policies, and procedures, and plans of care for the H/HHA, VNA, C-ADHC, and home respite care programs. The social worker will evaluate H/HHA, VNA, C-ADHC, and home respite care practices using relevant statutes and regulations and take action to improve identified deficiencies. The social worker will track H/HHA, VNA, C-ADHC, and home respite care program consults, authorizations, statistics, data management, and identify significant findings. The social worker will prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The social worker will be responsible for the programs consults, authorizations, budgets, assigned and fund control points as needed. The social worker will coordinate, monitored and act on referrals, assessments, consults, tracking data bases specific to the program/s, complete documentation reports pertaining to caseloads, productivity, and trainings. The social worker will also coordinate the daily operation of non-institutional respite care referrals. The social worker will identify and develop program resources in the community, providing liaison with these providers. The social worker will participate in research and research utilization. Screening/Assessment: The social worker will complete an initial screening of Veterans to determine whether they meet eligibility criteria for inclusion in the H/HHA, VNA, C-ADHC, and home respite care programs. The social worker will reassess Veterans on a regular basis to ensure they are receiving the appropriate level of services and remain in need of program support. The social worker will develop a treatment plan of the Veteran in collaboration with the referring team, the Veteran, family members, and caregivers, whenever possible. The social worker will also conduct assessments of Veterans participating in other GEC programs as needed. This includes telephone contacts, facility visits, and home visits as needed for recommendations regarding patients and family members' eligibility for continuation in the GEC Programs. The social worker will also assist referring clinical teams in treatment planning process and goal setting by identifying H/HHA, VNA, C-ADHC, and home respite care resources when warranted. Referral to Service Providers: The social worker will serve as a liaison between the contracted H/HHA provider, VNA provider, C-ADHC provider, home respite care provider and Veteran and/or family. This includes initiating services, reducing or increasing authorized hours, addressing conflicts between the Veteran and/or family and agency, and/or terminating services. The social worker will collaborate with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs for non-institutional and/or institutional services and programs and entitlements. The social worker is responsible for educating the Veteran and/or caregiver of the available services and assisting them in establishing the appropriate referrals based on the Veteran's preference or that of his surrogate decision-maker. Resource Development: The social worker is responsible for investigating agencies which may be used to provide in home services to Veterans. The social worker is also responsible for developing a resource file of VA and community social service programs and will refer the Veteran to needed services. Advocacy: The social worker understands the intimidation of bureaucracy and will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the Veteran and/or family. When appropriate and feasible, social worker will educate and encourage the Veteran and/or family to advocate on their behalf, thus fostering a sense of independence and empowerment. Administrative Responsibilities: The social worker will enter all Veteran and family contacts in the electronic record using appropriate formats and templates. This information will be entered in a complete, confidential, and professional manner to ensure that information about the patient is available to other VA staff. The social worker will establish and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external customers. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 8:00am-4:30pm (negotiable) Telework: Available (AD Hoc) Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 650-F04264 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Amy Haley , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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