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 This Social Worker is assigned to Community Housing and Outreach Services (CHOS): Housing and Urban Development - Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Programs at VA Puget Sound Health Care System with responsibility to provide direct and administrative support services for Veterans, their families and caregivers. Duties of the Program Manager include but are not limited to: The incumbent serves as the Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUDVASH) Contract Coordinator/Social Work Coordinator for the Community Housing and Outreach Services (CHOS) within the Social Work Service Line. This position is the key point of contact between VA Puget Sound Health Care System and a community agencies that have been awarded VA HUD-VASH contract dollars to provide HUD-VASH housing and case management services. The HUD-VASH Contract Coordinator/Social Work Coordinator provides coordination and oversight of care and services directly to and on behalf of formerly homeless Veterans and Veterans currently experiencing homelessness who are receiving services under a HUD-VASH contract 50% of the time. The HUD-VASH Contract Coordinator ensures that HUD-VASH contract funds are available to provide ongoing case management services throughout all Option Years, while monitoring the progress of the contract and services provided to ensure that they are in-line with the VHA HUD-VASH Directive 1162.05(1). Additionally, the HUD-VASH Contract Coordinator works with the HUD-VASH program staff at VA Puget Sound 50% of the time to monitor, track, and report data to HUD-VASH leadership regarding voucher utilization and reconciliation with the local Public Housing Authorities. Clinical: While overseeing the contracted agency, the incumbent ensures that the contractor provides: timely screening, psychosocial assessment, and diagnoses of mental disorders, develops, implements, and documents the psychosocial treatment plan for an assigned caseload of Veterans including prompt completion of clinical reminders, education to Veterans and family members about mental health conditions and treatment methods, consultation to health care providers about assessment findings and treatment plans for Veterans, so that care is coordinated, collaborative, and integrated within the medical center, conducts: routine suicide risk screens; comprehensive suicide risk evaluations, and collaborative safety plans when clinically indicated; follows-up with Veterans who fail to attend appointments per local procedures; seek needed consultation with the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Disruptive Behavior Committee, and/or a Social Work supervisor, as needed, to ensure the safety and welfare of Veterans; remains up-to-date on suicide prevention training materials and clinical tools, and utilizes them as appropriate in clinical practice. Social Workers at this level assume complete professional responsibility for their clinical assessment findings, Veteran care decisions, and documentation. Incumbent provides consultation and supervision to social work trainees and unlicensed staff as indicated. Incumbent provides consultation to bring concerns to resolution. Incumbent may go on-site to contracted agency as part of chart review, consultation, or to attend meetings and will be subject to rules and regulations regarding driving government vehicles while on duty. Administrative: Incumbent ensures all HUD-VASH contracted staff complete clinical documentation per the requirements outlined in HUD-VASH Directive 1162.05(1). This is done via regular chart audits of contracted HUD-VASH case managers. The incumbent is the VA point of contact for the contracted agency when onboarding new contract staff and assists in submitting all paperwork needed for background checks to ensure that the new contract staff has access to the VA network in a timely manner (no more than four weeks). Incumbent may develop and implement information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction. Develops, implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. Incumbent has the ability to lead multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. The incumbent makes sustained contributions to Veteran-specific healthcare by sharing subject matter expertise within and/or outside the facility. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (Program Coordinator HUD-VASH)/PD00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator 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.