Social Worker (Medical Foster Home) Program Coordinator
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 709716700
The Columbia VA Health Care System (VAHCS) opened in 1932 at its current location. The facility has 204 skilled nursing beds, which includes acute medical, surgical, psychiatric, and long-term care. The hospital provides primary, secondary, and some tertiary care. The facility is a complex teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology, education, and research. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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/. Exception. 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: Senior Social Worker, GS-12 (1) 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. (2) 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. (3) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAsn in a state at the independent practice level. (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. Preferred Experience: References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G39 dated September 10, 2019. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting, under 15 pounds; light carrying, under 15 pounds; walking (2 hours); standing (2 hours); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; hearing (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability. Subject to dry atmospheric conditions; constant noise; dust; working closely with others; working alone. ["VA Careers - Social Work: https://youtube.com/embed/enRhz_ua_UU The Medical Foster Home (MFH) Program Coordinator is responsible for the development, operations, and evaluation of the program at William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. The MFH program coordinator recruits and recommends approval of new Medical Foster Homes on a continuous basis. The incumbent is responsible for marketing the program to VA staff, veterans and families, veteran service organizations, and the community to enhance recruitment of providers and veteran participants. The incumbent is responsible for supervision of veterans placed in MFH Program. The social worker establishes working relationships with all involved non-VA parties: agencies, communities, veterans, families and caregivers and maintains appropriate working relationships with all levels of VA staff including the Veteran's Home Based Primary Care Team, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Mental Health, and the Medical Center Director. The MFH program coordinator ensures adherence to program standards which includes: criteria for sanctioned MFH programs, quality monitoring of MFH after placement of veteran; caregiver standards; home standards; and discharge policies. The MFH Program Coordinator will meet at least quarterly with the VA Home Based Primary Care team to discuss program coordination and to review the status of each MFH resident The MFH Program Coordinator ensures that initial and annual home inspections are conducted by the interdisciplinary VA inspection team and the MFH caregivers are furnished with, and understand the inspection team's recommendations. The MFH program coordinator is responsible for the development and annual update of MFH Caregiver Handbook. The Social Worker is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to a particular diagnosis or population. The social worker receives and completes consults from interdisciplinary teams along with coordinating interviews and conducting psychosocial assessments. Must have at least 2 years in an area of specialized social work practice and be licensed in a state at the Advanced Practice Level. Work Schedule: 7:30am-4:00 pm, subject to change based on agency need . Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 53164F Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
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.