Social Worker in the Homeless Programs focusing on the SSVF SUD Expansion for Veterans experiencing or at-risk for homelessness with Substance Use/Co-Occuring Disorders. This position provides direct SUD case management, treatment, and intervention support to SSVF grantees to assist in bridging Veterans into formal treatment services. Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. 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. Indiana requires Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Specialized Experience: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 (graduate/developmental) grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings, (VA or nonVA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level. or, Additional 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. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate, in their resume, all of the following Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: (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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Preferred Experience: Substance Use Disorder experience and/or certifications in MAC, LCAC, individual and group therapy experience in Harm Reduction, Contingency Management, CBT-SUD, presentation experience, knowledge of Medication Assisted Treatments References: VA Handbook 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 11. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS 11. Physical Requirements: The physical demands of the position involve standard office requirements such as using the telephone, retrieving files, writing reports, data entry and maintenance of computer databases, etc. Work is typically performed in the community (court, jail or other community setting). This position requires regular travel with utilization of GSA government vehicles for transportation to support programming and patient care services. The position requires periods of walking, standing, lifting, sitting and bending. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU Duties of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Substance Use Disorder Specialist for Homeless Programs Social Worker are to include, but not limited to:\na. Outreach and Consultation - The SSVF SUD Social Worker provides direct SUD outreach and treatment services for Veteran enrolled in SSVF Grantee Homeless Programs. The Social Worker will provide SUD support to the SSVF Grantee to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying case managers on home visits where SUD is a concern, impacting the Veteran's progress in SSVF services. Consultation for Non-VHA eligible Veterans can be provided to the SSVF grantee case-manager to support bridging Veterans into community care.\nb. Screening/Assessment - The Social Worker will provide biopsychosocial assessment with SUD emphasis screening to develop a treatment plan/care plan. The incumbent must be knowledgeable in ASAM criteria for treatment engagement, Harm Reduction, CBT-SUD, Contingency Management, and MET evidence-based practice treatments.\nc. Care Planning/Goal-Setting - Comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran will address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework. Develop a plan of care that includes SUD and dual-diagnosis best practice treatment options within VA and community.\nd. Case Management and Counseling - The SSVF SUD Social Worker will focus on early intervention services with individual case-management, therapy, and group access supports to SSVF Grantees. Group engagement may include VA utilization in SUDRP services, community programs, and community-based groups. Services may be geared toward transitioning Veterans into formal treatment programs upon verbalize readiness and desire for SUD care. The incumbent will collaborate with VHI SUDRP programming through case-conferencing and seamless coordination into formal VA SUD treatment services where/when appropriate for SSVF Veterans eligible for VA Healthcare. The provider may serve as individual therapist in gaps of accessibility to individual therapy in VA SUD programming and as clinically appropriate.\ne. Crisis Intervention - The incumbent is experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis management plans for admission to mental health inpatient programs. The SSVF SUD Social Worker has access to multiple resource directories in addition to previously developed resources to meet the demands of a crisis. In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, the Social Worker will follow Psychiatry Service, Social Work Service, and Community Outreach Division crisis procedures.\nf. Resource Usage/Development - The Social Worker will develop partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm; no weekends/holidays\nCompressed/Flexible: Not Available\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual/remote position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nTravel: required; must be possess a valid driver's license and be able to operate a government owned vehicle"]
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