The Local Recovery Coordinator (LRC) is located within the service line of Behavioral Health Services (BHS) at the Wilmington VA Medical Center (WVAMC). The LRC provides consultation to all mental health programs and providers across WVAMC in facilitating implementation of recovery-oriented services in BHS. A special focus is on the implementation of any programming that provides recovery-oriented services to Veterans with Serious Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/17/2022.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: Master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the masters level. English language proficiency. Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English. Social Worker: Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements above, at the GS-12 level, applicants must have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Applicants 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. Social Workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which include an ASWB 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). 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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs at the GS-12 level as listed below: 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. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. 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. 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. 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. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39, Social Worker Qualification Standard. The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range is GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. ["Clinical: Provides direct, recovery-oriented clinical services including comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others Provides behavioral health services via Telehealth technologies, as appropriate Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. e. Complies with all Computer Patient Record System (CPRS) documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes, closing out encounters within 7 days, signing off on notes within 6 days) Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan including assessments, for an assigned caseload of patients Promotes the opportunity for Veterans with SMI to identify and pursue their goals (e.g., through personal recovery plans, partnering with providers in directing their overall treatment, and recovery and peer-led groups whether on-site or off-site) Ensures skills training is available to WVAMC Veterans with serious mental illness, whether on-site, off-site, by referral, or by telehealth In collaboration with the Whole Health Coordinator, provides oversight to the Peer Support provider that is the LRC's direct report to support the program to facilitate whole health wellness intervention Administrative: Functions as a champion and advocate for the recovery model and the recovery ombudsman to the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Behavioral Health Services (BHS), program managers, and staff on recovery and implementation of recovery orientated services, including discharge planning from long term therapy Coordination of the evaluation of recovery implementation at the facility and reporting results to the National Recovery Coordinator (NRC). With guidance from the NRC, the LRC will implement measures to access recovery policy and procedure and adherence, as well as assess the extent that the recovery model is embodied in BHS programs Oversight of the SMITREC Re-engage Project and related metrics, as determined Develops an ongoing facility education plan for providers, including but is not limited to; recurrent didactic presentations about elements of recovery (e.g., person-centered, strengths-based, comprehensive, integrated, family and ally involvement) and recovery implementation by experts; recurrent presentations by recovering individuals, especially Veterans; information about community mental health support groups and other resources and how to make referrals; information about VA and national recovery materials and resources and how to access these; information about VA sponsored trainings and education on recovery (e.g., how to communicate recovery to patients and families); availability of recovery posters and brochures; training on cultural competency; and development and coordination of local recovery training as needed Develops an ongoing education plan for Veterans and their families, including but is not limited to; recurrent didactic presentations about recovery by experts; recurrent presentations by recovering individuals, especially Veterans; information about community mental health support groups and other resources and information about how to become involved with improving mental health care for Veterans through the Veteran's Advisory Council (VAC) Serves as a consultant to BHS programs and recovering Veterans in development of peer support groups, consumer counseling, and consumer operated services, as per local needs and resources. When available, community resources should be utilized Serves as a resource for information about VA-sponsored trainings and education on recovery (e.g., how to communicate recovery to patients and families. Serves as a resource for information about VA national recovery materials and resources and how to access these Ensures availability of recovery-based materials for providers and Veterans and their families Serves as a resource for information about community mental health support groups and other resources and easy access to these. Assists with VA, regional, or local recovery-oriented trainings, meetings, or conferences as needed Serves as the BHS Liaison to WVAMC's Veteran's Advisory Council, as well as the Mental Health Summits for Delaware and New Jersey and for various community organizations, such as the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Social Worker/PD000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.