To provide care coordination and psychosocial services to Patient Aligned Care Team Veterans at the Fort Worth VAMC within the VA North Texas Health Care System. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. § 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a social worker in VHA, all applicants must meet the following: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g this part). 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. 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/. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determinations: GS-11: 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) which would include (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. OR; 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. AND 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. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: 2 years of experience providing case management services. 2 years of experience conducting psychosocial assessments. Experience coordinating community bases services including information, education and referrals. Experience with the psychosocial issues of aging, illness, disability, coping and grief. Experience working with an interdisciplinary team. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39, September 10, 2019 Physical Requirements: Moderate Lifting (15-44 lbs); Moderate Carrying (15-44 lbs); Reaching above shoulders, use of finders, both hands required, Walking (6 hrs); Standing (6 hrs); Repeated bending (2-4 hrs); operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor vehicle; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, specific visual requirement (far vision 20/30), ability to distinguish basic colors, hearing (aid may be permitted), emotional and Mental Stability, sit for extended periods, performs independently, cognitive stability. ["Screening/Assessment/Treatment Planning/Goal Setting\nThe incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of Veteran?? and their families/significant others. Develops psychosocial treatment plans in coordination with interdisciplinary team members. Social work responsibilities provide crisis management and develops psychosocial and clinical assessment of psychosocial problems that cause distress, often impacting the health condition and creating barriers to care. Administrative Functions\na) Is responsible for supporting the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility.\nb) Is willing to serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility as deemed appropriate by the supervisor and Chief of Social Work Services. Case Management/ Goal Setting/Discharge Planning\nProvides case management services to Veterans serving as the liaison to other treatment programs. Social workers will engage Veterans and, when appropriate, other members of the Veterans support system, in an ongoing information-gathering and decision-making process to help Veterans identify their goals, strengths and challenges. Resources and Referrals\nThe Social Worker will serve as the subject matter expert on VA and/or community resources. Advocacy\nThe Social Worker will act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the veteran/family. Crisis Intervention\nThe Social Worker is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans to maintain patient in the home, for admission to acute, short term and/or long-term placements. Patient Education/Whole Health Coaching\nThe Social Worker provide education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will and will refer veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs to include Complimentary and Integrative Health Services. Education/Training/Supervision\nParticipates in the orientation of new Social Worker staff and other interdisciplinary team members. Coordination of Non-Institutional and Institutional Services\nThe PACT Social Worker is responsible for the coordination of the referrals of non-institutional services such as but not limited to HBPC, ADHC, home hospice, skilled and non-skilled homecare services, substance abuse or behavioral health programs. Supportive counseling/education\nThe Social Worker will provide Veterans and their caregivers with ongoing supportive counseling and education. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm\nTelework: Not available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (PACT)/PD000000\nFinancial 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.