The Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is seeking a highly qualified Social Worker to serve as a Senior Social Worker - Transition and Care Management our Austin, TX, Outpatient Clinic. The Case Manager, a social worker is a professional who works closely with staff in other departments within VHA and in the community to assist with the coordination of services, access to care, and education for returning combat veterans. . Clinical Functions. Incumbent is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities relate to the care management of severely ill and/or injured Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and/or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) service members and Veterans treated at the facility. The incumbent must use a high level of skill in assessing and treating the complicated psychosocial problems of OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans as they transition to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care. Care management responsibilities also include providing supportive services to families. In addition, the incumbent assists OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans in coping with acute illness, chronic illness, combat stress, the residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI), community adjustment, addictions, and other health and mental health problems. The social worker case manager addresses home care needs, homelessness, and transition across levels and sites of care. Social Work care management practice, which includes psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, is focused on helping OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans and their families maximize rehabilitation and treatment potential and achieve more adequate, satisfying, and productive emotional and social functioning. The incumbent Must have a high level of skill and expertise to work with OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans and families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated mental, emotional, behavioral, physical, psychosocial, and environmental problems. Uses the social work process (psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment) in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members to develop a care management plan and psychosocial interventions. Evaluates the need for mental health services and makes appropriate referrals for individual, group, marital and family treatment services. Must be sensitive to the ethnic and cultural diversity and age-specific challenges of the OEF/OIF population and adjusts intervention and treatment plans as appropriate. As a member of the health care team, participates fully in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the interdisciplinary treatment plan, including provision of care management services. Coordinates care with interdisciplinary team to promote continuity for OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans and their families. Develops and uses appropriate community resources. Serves as an advocate for OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans and their families, helping them access needed services at the facility, at other VA facilities, and in the community. Assists OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans and their families with advance directives, guardianships, and applications for home care and extended care services. Travels, as may be required, as part of providing social work care management services to OEF/OIF service members and/or Veterans and their families. Such travel requires the incumbent to function without immediate supervision or consultation. Participates in the orientation, training, and teaching of social work graduate students and other trainees and staff Conducts and/or participates in research and/or program evaluation as appropriate. Performs other duties as assigned. Administrative Functions. The incumbent: Is responsible for supporting the mission, policies, and procedures of VA, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility. May serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN, and/or VA Central Office levels. Keeps supervisor apprised of problems and recommended solutions to problems encountered in the incumbent's area of responsibility. Is responsible for furthering own professional growth through education, appropriate to area of assignment, and providing coverage during social worker absences. Must maintain a level of productivity and quality consistent with facility and Social Work standards and the complexity of the assignment. Participates in interdisciplinary team meetings, appropriate facility meetings, and Social Work meetings. Shares knowledge and experiences gained from own clinical practice and education relevant to the field of Social work. Must comply with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and safety policies and procedures. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 0800-1630 or 0730-1600 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600099500
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.