The Primary Purpose of the Position is housing and urban development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) is an intensive case management program for Chronically Homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 Voucher system. The VANTHCS HUD-VASH program covers 10 housing authorities which extend into rural areas. The Senior Social Worker is the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist for VANTHCS Homeless Programs. The SUD Specialist supports the Homeless Programs by providing early engagement and ensuring continuity of care between Homeless Programs that serve Veterans with SUD in a variety of community locations outside of a clinic setting. Provides intensive case management services and psychotherapy to Veterans who are on the street, in the shelter, and in their personal residence and provides support to them as they transition from engagement and stabilization through programs such as Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Program (RRTP), Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV), Grant Per Diem (GPD), and HUD-VASH. The Senior Social Worker is an expert at the community recovery resources available to the Veterans in all 10 housing authority locations and assists Veterans in linking them to supportive environments in the areas in which they live and/or assist VA social workers in rural counties with resources as needed. Provides face-to-face SUD evaluations in housing authorities within the VANTHCS area. Functions as the Liaison between the various homeless programs and the Substance Abuse Treatment Programs (SATP) and ensures appropriate coordination of care, and transitions of care for enrolled Veterans pertaining to SUD. Incorporates complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of Veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved scope of practice. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program. Develops and implements methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services, utilizing outcome evaluations and use of evidence-based treatment modalities that are effective with Veterans who struggle with substance use disorders along with medically and psychiatrically complex conditions. Assist Veterans in transportation when appropriate to link them to community services. Maintains effective partnerships with VANTHCS substance use disorder programs and other VANTHCS teams and programs and follows leadership guidelines regarding access to VA substance abuse programs within VISN 17, including use of VA contracted care for detox and treatment. The incumbent independently identifies high-risk patients and provides crisis intervention services. Completes suicide risk screens and documents assessments as required by policy. Collaboratives safety plans when clinically indicated and provides follow-up appointments for all Veterans upon initiation of the "High Risk for Potential Suicide List" in compliance with VA policy. Provides follow up with Veterans who fail to attend appointments, per local procedures, and consults with Suicide Prevention Coordinator or member of Suicide Risk Reduction Committee or direct supervisor as needed to ensure the safety and welfare of all Veterans. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600132100
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.