This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Caregiver Support Senior Social Worker works within the Caregiver Support based in the Yuba City location of the VA Northern California Health Care System. The Social Worker aids Veterans enrolled at the VA Northern California Health Care System and their Caregivers. The Social Worker's primary responsibilities are to conduct ongoing wellness contacts via in-home, telephone, or telehealth interviews (VVC) to ensure the needs of the eligible veteran and Family Caregiver are met over time, and other care needs may be addressed through referrals to other VA and non-VA services, at appropriate intervals determined by the National and/or local Caregiver Support Program. The Caregiver Support Program Social Worker also provides clinical, evidence-based services and interventions to the caregiver and veteran. The incumbent may also provide and participate in patient and staff education on caregiver issues. The incumbent may assist with community outreach and resource development as needed. The Social Worker is part of a team that consists of Caregiver Support Coordinators and Nurses to fulfill the requirements of the Caregiver Support Program. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Develops and implements the Caregiver Support Program specific to his/her area of assignment and insures compliance and collaboration with the greater NCHCS and the Veterans Administration Central Office caregiver support program initiatives. Conducts individual and family clinical interventions and direct patient/caregiver contacts to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues. Assess Veterans' needs for personal care services, particularly Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), supervision, protection or instruction, to complete Veteran functional assessments (VFAI) and re-assessments. Participates in face-to-face or virtual contact with the caregiver and Veteran to assess function and the need for personal care services, and as needed, the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions. Participates in face-to-face or virtual contact with the caregiver and Veteran to assess function and the need for personal care services, and as needed, the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions. Conducts initial home assessments as part of the application or reassessment process for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Conducts ongoing wellness contacts via in-home, telephone, or telehealth interviews (VVC) to ensure the needs of the eligible veteran and Family Caregiver are met over time, and other care needs may be addressed through referrals to other VA and non-VA services, as appropriate, at appropriate intervals determined by the National and/or local Caregiver Support Program. Provides referrals to VA medical and mental health treatment, and other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. Utilizes and assists in maintaining a data monitoring system to measure the efficacy of the program and assists in collecting and analyzing local data for reports for: local management, VISN Caregiver Support Program Leads, Centralized Eligibility and Appeal Teams, the National Caregiver Support Program, Care Management and Social Work and Office of Patient Care Services. Serves as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes the veteran and family may encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Collaborates with the VA Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT), mental health, and geriatric primary care clinicians to provide Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues and to obtain input on Veteran's functional needs. Develops and maintains a NCHCS Caregiver educational resource library which is available both on-line and SharePoint accessible, pertinent to both clinicians and caregivers alike consisting of caregiver support information material for distribution through the various inpatient/outpatient and specialty clinic settings. Advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout the medical center on caregiver issues. Develops a data monitoring system to measure the efficacy of the program and report such data as requested through Social Work Service to the VISN and/or VA Central Office as desired. Facilitates pre-discharge caregiver support education to the patient's family member or concerned others and trains staff to provide instruction in his/her absence. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 Am to 4:30 PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework, if approved, would be on a regularly scheduled basis, but this is not a remote or virtual position. This announcement has been extended for a wider applicant pool. Applicants who have previously applied and been referred do no need to apply again.
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.