Social Worker (HCHV Outreach) functions as a Master (MSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW) at the GS-9 level or Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) at the GS-11 level in the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV) located at the Dayton VAMC. The incumbent serves as the Social Worker for Veterans receiving SSVF service and are enrolled in Health Care for Homeless Veterans Programs. This incumbent provides case management and supportive outreach interventions to homeless Veterans. 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. 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. b. 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. c. 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/. (1) Exception. VHA may waive the licensure or certification requirement for persons who are otherwise qualified, pending completion of state prerequisites for licensure/certification examinations. This exception only applies at the GS-9 grade level. For the GS-11 grade level and above, the candidate must be licensed or certified. At the time of appointment, the supervisor, chief social work or social work executive will provide the unlicensed/uncertified social worker with the written requirements for licensure or certification, including the time by which the license or certification must be obtained and the consequences for not becoming licensed or certified by the deadline. (a) For appointments at the GS-9 grade level, VHA social workers who are not licensed or certified at the time of appointment must become licensed or certified at the independent, master's level within three years of their appointment as a social worker. Most states require two years of post-MSW experience as a prerequisite to taking the licensure/certification exam, and VHA gives social workers one additional year to pass the licensure/certification exam. In states such as California, Washington, and others where the prerequisites for licensure exceed two years, social workers must become licensed at the independent, master's level within one year of meeting the full state prerequisites for licensure. (b) A social worker who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record. e. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. f. 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. a. Social Worker, GS-9 (1) Experience, Education, and Licensure. None beyond the basic requirements. (2) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Ability to work with Veterans and family members from various socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, educational, and other diversified backgrounds utilizing counseling skills. (b) Ability to assess the psychosocial functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members, and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the Veterans problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills, and assistance needed. (c) Ability to implement treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups to achieve treatment goals. This requires judgment and skill in utilizing supportive, problem solving, or crisis intervention techniques. (d) Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate with clients, staff, and representatives of community agencies. (e) Fundamental knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities, and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic, and traumatic illnesses/injuries; common medications and their effects/side effects; and medical terminology. Social Worker, GS-11 (1) Experience and Licensure. Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. NOTE: For appointment licensure or certification at this level please refer to paragraph 3c. OR (2) Education. In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (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. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of 9 to 11. Physical Requirements: The work is active and is performed in a clinical setting as well as in the community. The incumbent serves a Veteran population with complex needs. The care does not usually require physically caring for a Veteran. Normal safety precautions and practices are required to working in a healthcare environment. This position requires emotional ability to work effectively with multi-tasking and high volume of patient flow. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Major duties include but are not limited to: The incumbent will also be required to perform (75%) of their job duties in the community and will be required to utilize a GSA Vehicle while performing such duties. The Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Outreach Social Worker will successfully complete all facility requirements to drive a GSA Vehicle and transport Veterans. This includes all pre-employment physicals. In addition, the incumbent will successfully complete all facility required TMS trainings to drive a GSA Vehicle and transport Veterans. Incumbent provides the following: direct outreach for the HCHV program in the Dayton VA and in the community; provides Outreach services for the HCHV program in the community directly interacting with local shelters, SSVF Agencies, local Continuum of Care (CoC) groups, and other community agencies that provide social services for homeless Veterans and the community. Incumbent serves as a multi-disciplinary treatment team member for the HCHV Program, as well as provides education and training on HCVH services in areas related to housing, mental health, anger management, life skills, and SUD with cooccurring disorders. Incumbent performs necessary assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories, and development of treatment plans to identify Veteran care needs, as well referral and linkage to VA and community resources. Incumbent refers eligible homeless Veterans to VA-contracted emergency and transitional housing programs and provides case management and outreach services in monitoring Veterans transition from homelessness to permanent housing to ensure continuity of care and promote successful transition of Veteran. Incumbent performs all required documentation within the clinical medical record. Work Schedule: 0800-1630, or as determined by agency need Telework: Not Authorized Travel: 25% or less. You may be required to attend trainings. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91552-0/91553-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Not Authorized. 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.