The Supervisory Social Worker for the Veterans Justice Programs (VJP) must have skill in diplomacy, patient advocacy, and negotiation in spanning boundaries of multiple large institutions, including VA, the courts, and/or corrections. The position requires knowledge of correctional cultures and their impact upon Veteran, institutional, and community perceptions and behavior, as well as skill in assisting Veterans to adopt behaviors adaptive to community living. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Ensures that all identified and interested incarcerated Veterans, regardless of their release dates, are provided with verbal and/or written information regarding VA benefits and insures that the incarcerated Veterans have access to Federal VA Benefits Guides, VA Healthcare Overview Booklets, and state-specific "Guidebooks for incarcerated Veterans" via their prison libraries. Assists Veterans with the completion, submission, and follow-up regarding VA eligibility (DD214) and enrollment (VA Form 10-10EZ). Conducts pre-release psychosocial assessments to identify " high risk" problems and treatment needs and refers Veterans to the necessary post-release treatment programs. Engages in program planning that identifies critical resource for Veteran reentry from confinement, identifies system resource strengths, establishes program criteria and program screening, educates resource providers on reentry issues, and promotes program processes supportive to the community stabilization of reentering Veterans. Establishes/maintains formal and informal agreements and partnerships with State and Federal correctional organizations regarding identification of, and access to, incarcerated Veterans and information necessary to develop a successful reentry plan (e.g. sentencing information, Parole/ Probation Information, medical/ mental health status). Provides information on VA services to State and Federal correctional institutions, and Parole/Probation Departments. Acts as the content expert for criminal justice-related information as it pertains to VA VISN 22 Southern California region; Providing education and communication with VISN 22 Health Care Systems staff and VISN 22 Leadership regarding reentry issues and activities. Captures all caseload activity, include medical charting (CPRS) and completion of evaluation through appropriate VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) forms, HOMES and CMTRA to assure staff data is entered timely and accurately. Participates in local community Re-entry Committee and Veterans Treatment Court Planning/ Development Committee(s). Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 08:00am to 4:30pm 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.