These positions are located within the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, FL in the Community Care Service of Mental Health Service Line. The incumbents provide community based case management services to Veterans participating in the HUD/VASH Program. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) - Please see Application Requirements "Additional Information" below. The incumbent is responsible for program oversight, monitoring and administration, serving as the primary contact with local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and providing case management-based services (directly or through referral) necessary to ensure that Veteran care is coordinated with the VA Medical Center, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Serves as the Medical Center's primary point or contact for the National HUDNASH Program, Office of Mental Health Services, VACO. Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, and monitoring patient or program clinical indicators, thresholds, and performance measurements. Develops working relationships and agreements with other organizations and directly coordinates with the designated PHA regarding housing voucher application and award process for each Veteran. Establishes, implements, and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HUD/VASH veteran participants that meet national and local policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs. Referral, screening and admission criteria recognizes program eligibility, prioritization of subsets of the homeless veteran population, requirements of the PHAs, and other policy, regulation, or law pertaining to program administration. Develops the screening procedures to involve a multidisciplinary team approach and is responsible to ensure criteria and procedures are maintained. Provides primary input for program participant selection based on structured interviews and clinical assessments. Regularly conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and on the streets, as well as those who are referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics utilizing a government owned vehicle. Maintains current and establishes new relationships with other community-based service providers for the homeless, and when appropriate, represents VA at community service provider meetings. Transports patients when needed. Evaluates the veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and priority for admission. Develops psychosocial treatment plans, actively involving the veteran and their family or significant others, in coordination with interdisciplinary team members based on the psychosocial assessments, including goals for clinical treatment. Gives advice, guidance, emotional support and other assistance and provides individual and group counseling services as well as crisis management services needed to maintain the veteran's safety in his or her residence. Assists and encourages veteran and significant others in facing problems, thinking them through, evaluating the situation, considering alternative courses of action and arriving at plans for using resources to resolve problems. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 08:00 AM - 04:30 PM 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.