This position is in the Mental Health Service Line. Social Worker that functions as one of the Medical Center's Case Managers for VA Black Hills HCS, Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program HUD/VASH Program. The HUD/VASH program is a collaborative effort, supported through HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers and VA's provision of intensive case management services. The primary goal of HUD/VASH is to move Veterans and their families out of chronic homelessness. Duties include, but are not limited to: Serves as one of the medical center's primary point of contact for the National HUD/VASH Program, Office of Mental Health Services, and VACO Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, and monitoring patient or program clinical indicators, thresholds, and performance measurements Develops working relationships and agreements with other organizations and directly coordinates with the designated PHA regarding housing voucher application and award process for each Veteran Responsible for reviewing the agreements between Section 8 landlords, PHAs, and the VA to establish appropriate referral sites for placements Establishes, implements, and maintains referral and screening procedures for potential HUD/VASH Veteran participants that meet national policy as well as the needs of medical center mental health services and residential programs Referral, screening and admission criteria recognizes program eligibility, prioritization of subsets of the homeless Veteran population, requirements of the PHAs, and other policy, regulation, or law pertaining to program administration Develops the screening procedures to involve a multidisciplinary team approach and is responsible to ensure criteria and procedures are maintained Provides primary input for program participant selection based on structured interviews and clinical assessments Conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless Veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and "on the streets," as well as those who are referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics Maintains current and establishes new relationships with other community-based service providers Evaluates the Veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and prioritization for admission Provides referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs Develops psychosocial treatment plans, actively involving the Veteran and their family or significant others, in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, based on the psychosocial assessments, including goals for clinical treatment Assists Veterans in maintaining appointments at VA medical centers and other community agencies for medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, vocational and other services consistent with Veteran's goals associated with healthful independent living Understands disparate values, and reaches Veterans and their families from different social and ethnic groups Provides direct mental health and substance abuse services for Veterans and family members or significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment Gives advice, guidance, emotional support and other assistance and provides individual and group counseling services as well as crisis management services needed to maintain the Veteran safely in their residence Receives and completes consults requesting services from interdisciplinary team members and from other mental health professional on complex, difficult cases, using advanced practice skills and expertise Establishes a continuing relationship with the Veteran, evaluating progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate Offers Veterans and family members or significant others educational services Work Schedule: Full-time; Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Driver's License: Required Telework: If approved, would be on an ad-hoc basis Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600296600
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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.