This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless and vulnerable Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans seeking or residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The HUD-VASH Senior Social Worker serves as a member of an interdisciplinary care team for HUD-VASH Veterans and functions as the primary case manager for a group of Veterans enrolled in the program. The HUD-VASH Senior Social Worker serves as a liaison between the VA and community partners including housing authorities, property management, and governmental or non-profit partners; they may be the primary VA representative for community partnerships or geographic regions and are expected to practice independently. Duties will include: Provide clinical case management to Veterans and families in 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 stable housing. Perform regular home visits to ensure Veterans reside in environments that foster independence and safety in the community. Verify Veterans' status, eligibility for VA health care, and eligibility for HUD-VASH program participation. Accept referrals for screening and admission to HUD-VASH. Assess Veterans through comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments and regular reassessments to determine clinical needs and acuity status. Collaboratively develop a treatment plan (or housing stability plan) with each Veteran served. Monitor progress and review and update regularly throughout the episode of care. Provide a full range of services within the Social Work Scope of Practice based on Veteran needs, acuity level, and preferences for care. Monitor Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and other formal and informal agreements between property owners, service providers, Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), and the VA to establish appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements. Work closely with partners to communicate needs or issues when they arise following relevant privacy regulations. Collaborate with VA multi-disciplinary teams and community agencies to develop effective and efficient ways of delivering healthcare services to Veterans in HUD-VASH through treatment coordination and communication. Act as a consultant to other team/staff members and take a lead clinical role in case consultation. Collect and submit HUD-VASH participant data as outlined by Community Housing and Outreach Services (CHOS) and Homeless Operational Management and Evaluation System (HOMES) policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Fulfill ethical responsibilities to Veterans, colleagues and VA in accordance with NASW Code of Ethics, VHA Code of Ethics, and local ethics policies. Ensure compliance with standards and expectations of Joint Commission, CARF, and other relevant accrediting bodies. Assist program leadership in accreditation preparation and continuous readiness activities as requested. Actively participate in program planning and development, advising the CHOS supervisor of shifting Veteran care needs and identifying the need for SOP or policy changes. Actively participate in VISN 20 and VACO Homeless Program Office conference calls and trainings. Provide supervision to students, interns, or unlicensed Social Workers as requested. Maintain familiarity and responsibility for all HUD-VASH performance measures. Assist in development and maintenance of operational plans and strategic goals related to these measures. Take responsibility for improving professional competencies by participating training programs and continuing education. Participate or lead regular reconciliation of HUD-VASH data between VA and PHA(s) to determine status of all awarded HUD-VASH vouchers. Provide training, education, and consultation to trainees, VA staff, and community partners as a subject matter expert in specialized practice area(s). Provide outreach services to engage homeless Veterans. Serve as the primary VA point of contact for a project-based housing site, a geographical region, or a community agency- with the bulk of work performed in these community-based settings. Provide oversight of a contract serving homeless Veterans as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Perform other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Temporary telework due to COVID may be available. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Please contact the EDRP Coordinators, Stacy Hermann at Stacy.Hermann@va.gov and Taia Henderson at Taia.Henderson@va.gov for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): 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.