The Respite Care Social Work Coordinator will utilize VA and non-VA resources to strengthen respite and social support systems for Veterans who present to the Emergency Department (ED). The Respite Care Social Worker will conduct comprehensive clinical social work assessments on Veterans who present in the ED due to a fall. The Respite Care Social Worker will also serve as the OBVAMC Point of Contact for the Medical Foster Home program. The Respite Program Coordinator works collaboratively with the ED to identify Veterans struggling without a caregiver of limited family support. When a Veteran has been identified as having a limited support system the respite care social worker is responsible for coordinating VA and non-VA resources to strengthen the Veterans safety and welfare. All placement resources will be considered such as VA Medical Foster Care, Community Nursing Home Care, and Community Residential Care. Duties include, but are not limited to: Coordinates the daily operation of the Respite program, develops policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use; Conducts biopsychosocial assessments on Veterans who present in the ED due to a fall; Helps to identify Veterans presenting with complex legal problems; Serves as the subject matter expert for the establishment of respite care /foster home providers in CBOC's located in Texas and Arkansas; Maintains local level programmatic and operational responsibility for Respite service administration and coordination; Develops respite plan that may include a combination of inpatient admissions, as well as home or community-based alternatives, such as ADHC or in-home care; Provides reports, analysis, projections and recommendations on the program's budget within the assigned areas; Manages and controls the use of data related to Respite program regarding day-to-day functioning and program evaluation; When assigned, will teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and provide clinical supervision for licensure; Administers information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to patients; Coordinates services by interfacing with the referring treatment team, tracking and documenting referrals and prescribed episodes of respite services; Performs a wide range of services and provides technical assistance to State, local, and private agencies, and universities regarding VA Respite services. Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, 30 minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Program Coordinator)/PD000000 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.