Senior Social Worker-Substance Use Disorder Specialist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fort Harrison, Montana
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 690793100
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. Basic 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. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. English Language Proficiency. Sr. Social Workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3.j. Grade Determinations: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 Experience/Education. The candidate must have at least two years of experience post advanced practice clinical licensure and should be in a specialized area of social work practice of which, one year must be equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior social workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. Senior social workers are experts in their specialized area of practice. Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty. Licensure/Certification. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice) and they must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/106, PART II APPENDIX G39 This position is above the full performance level at the GS-12. Physical Requirements: Able to meet the physical demands for the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have a good manual dexterity. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken or written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. ["The Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist GS-12 serves as the case manager for Montana Veterans Affairs Health Care System (MT VAHCS). The Specialist provides services to Veterans and staff in the Supported Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and the Heath Care for Homeless (HCHV) Programs. This position provides case management and intervention support to SSVF in a team oriented, recovery-based approach. The Specialist supports the SSVF Program by providing continuity of care between Homeless Programs through services to Veterans with SUD diagnoses. The incumbent provides on-going substance use case management and early treatment interventions to promote sustained stability and abstinence while receiving SSVF services and post discharge until transitioned to another care manager as needed. Duties include but are not limited to: -Provides direct SUD services and outreach for SSVF Grantees -Provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in areas related to SUD assessment, anger management, life skills and SUD treatment for co-occurring disorders. -Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others. Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnoses of SUD. Conducts all necessary assessments, e.g. psychosocial histories and SUD assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans. -Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework. -Empowers and respects the Veteran's right to self-determination while helping the Veteran identify and articulate their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. -Works with the Veteran to realize the Veteran's treatment goals and reassesses and revises goals as indicated by the Veteran's engagement in treatment. -Organizes and conducts individual and group case management and SUD treatment, to include early interventions and supportive follow-up to ensure stability in home visits and facility-based contacts. -Provides SUD support to the SSVF Grantee as a functional member of this team, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits, when indicated by suspicion of SSVF participant SUD use. -Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team. -Develops partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication. -Provides liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans. Participates in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with SSVF Grantees and Homeless Programs. -Completes appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans. -Responsible for the collection of statistical data and for reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans. -Provides recovery-oriented treatment with the goal of empowering the Veteran to live independently in the community at the Veteran's highest level of functioning and improve quality of life. -Conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and \"on the streets\" with the SSVF Grantee. -May be required to work weekends, holidays and complete other duties as assigned. -Provides interventions for early assistance in treating relapse in homeless Veterans with SUD and co-occurring disorder histories. Administers structured interviews and assessments with a wide variety of patient populations, particularly Homeless Veteran populations with SUD who are also Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) Veterans, Women Veterans, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF/ OIF) Veterans, elderly Veterans and /or Veterans with families. -Establishes, implements, and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential SSVF veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs. A current, valid driver's license is required. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm Telework: This is not a telework position. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 54573-O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for highly qualified applicant EDRP Authorized: Contact Leon Lee, the EDRP Coordinator at email@example.com for questions/assistance. Learn more 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.