Senior Social Worker (HUD-VASH Substance Use Disorder Specialist)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Austin, Texas
Internal Number: 672273200
The HUD-VASH Program is an intensive case management program for both chronically homeless Veterans and homeless Veterans with severe service needs. HUD-VASH is aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The incumbent in this position functions as the Substance Use Disorder Specialist for CTVHCS Housing and Urban Development / VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. 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 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 masters 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/. Grandfathering Provision. 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). Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Preferred Experience: Ability to independently assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan. Knowledge of community resources and able to make link patient to appropriate internal and external resources. Experience diagnosing and providing treatment and case management to clients with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Experience providing treatment, outreach and case management to homeless persons. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, evaluating assigned program areas. Grade Determination: 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. Assignments. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity and variety and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Senior SW are licensed/certified to independently practice social work at an advanced level. Senior SWs typically practice in a major program area such as but not limited to: Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or Polytrauma Network Site a Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Center, or a national VHA referral center, such as a national Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or a national Transplant Center, or other program areas of equivalent scope/complexity. May be assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness/modification of service patterns. Assignments include clinical settings where they have limited access to onsite supervision; collaborates with the other members of the treatment team in the provision of comprehensive health care services to Veterans, ensures equity of access, service, and benefits to this population, ensures the care provided is of the highest quality. Provides leadership, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned social work staff. Serves on committees, work groups and task forces at the facility, VISN and national level or in the community as deemed appropriate by the supervisor, Social Work Executive or Chief of Social Work Services. Assignment is to be relatively few in number based on the size of the facility/service and applying sound position management. Assignment must represent substantial additional responsibility over and above that required at the full performance grade level and cannot be used as the full performance level of this occupation. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 Social Worker Qualification Standard GS-0185 Veterans Health Administration 09/20/2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting (15-44 pounds), moderate carrying (15-44 pounds), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, walking (5 hours), standing (5 hours), operating of crane, truck, tractor, or motor vehicle, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), emotional and mental stability, cognitive stability and various hours based on need. ["The incumbent is responsible for providing expert guidance on Substance Use Disorder (SUD) to the HUD-VASH team, to other providers in the VA medical facility, and in the community. The incumbent is responsible for the following duties/responsibilities: - Provides direct SUD services for HUD-VASH Veterans within the medical center and the community. - Provides assessment and treatment to high-risk Veterans who are using substances and provides support and after care to Veterans who have achieved sobriety. - Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework - Provides SUD support to the HUD-VASH team as a functional member of this team, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits, when indicated by suspicion of/confirmed HUD-VASH participant substance use. - Provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in areas related to SUD assessment, anger management, life skills, and SUD with co-occurring disorders. - Serves as a lead to provide clinical guidance around Substance Use Disorders to less experienced GS-11 social workers on assigned team. Guides discussions on appropriate acuity levels for Veterans based on presenting issues and strategizes with team members on ways to manage challenging patients. - Serves as a Care Coordination and Intensive Case Management Lead Coordinator for Veterans within the HUD-VASH Program who require complex care coordination. - Provides liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans with Substance Use Disorders to HUD-VASH to ensure continuity of care and promote successful transition of Veterans from one program to another. - Follows CTVHCS standard operating procedures for evaluating and mitigating suicide risk to include completing the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (C-SSRS), the Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluation, and a Safety Plan via shared template in the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) on all patients at intake, with Veterans with suicidal ideation and on any Veteran whose record is flagged \"High Risk for Suicide.\" Additionally, completes the Suicide Behavior and Overdose Report (SBOR) as clinically indicated. - Practices group psychotherapy with Veterans who have Substance Abuse Disorders and utilizes time limited individual evidence based therapeutic techniques (such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) as needed with assigned Veterans. - Conducts an intake assessment with Veterans referred to the HUD-VASH program including a comprehensive psychosocial assessment with multi-axial diagnostic evaluation to determine the needs of veterans and family members as well as the acuity level of Veteran. Additionally, completing a HOMES assessment, referral and program entry. - Educates the Veteran and his or her family about the process of obtaining a HUD-VASH voucher with the local housing authority and assisting the Veteran and/or his/her family with navigating this process and selecting a unit for housing. Helping Veterans obtain all necessary documentation required by the PHA for voucher assistance. - Provides housing search assistance to Veterans in HUD-VASH, including choices from an array of housing within the Veteran's preferred community. - Reviews agreements between Section 8, landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements. - Provides transportation to Veterans in the HUD-VASH program as needed to assist with obtaining or maintaining permanent housing. - Performs site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes. - Collects and submits HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by Homeless Operations Management and Evaluation Systems (HOMES) procedures as well as by local HUD-VASH SOP. - Provides specialized case management to Veterans who are diagnosed with SUD within the HUD-VASH program. Case management is defined as the provision of services by VA clinical staff to homeless veterans and includes all activities to provide appropriate treatment and maintain veterans in HUD approved stable housing. Providing the appropriate level of case management and supportive services, primarily in the community or in the home, to Veterans based on their needs and wants. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm\nCompressed/Flexible: Compressed Work Schedule authorized with management approval\nTelework: Telework up to 50% authorized with management approval.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 00000\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.