This Social Worker is assigned to Community Housing and Outreach Services Programs at VA Puget Sound Health Care System with responsibility to supervise a multidisciplinary team in the provision of direct services for Veterans, their families and caregivers. VAPSHCS is a multi-site medical system that includes a major medical facility in Seattle, Washington, outpatient and residential facilities at American Lake Campus in Tacoma, Washington, and multiple Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical: Interacts with Veterans, Incumbent provides timely screening, psychosocial assessment, and diagnoses of mental disorders; Develops, implements, and documents the psychosocial assessment, treatment plan, progress notes and updates, and discharge planning for provision of clinical services to Veterans, including prompt completion of clinical reminders; Provides psychoeducation to Veterans and family members about mental health conditions and treatment methods; Conducts: routine suicide risk screens; comprehensive suicide risk evaluations, and collaborative safety plans when clinically indicated; follows-up with Veterans who fail to attend appointments per local procedures; seek needed consultation with the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Disruptive Behavior Committee, and/or CHOS Program Manager, as needed, to ensure the safety and welfare of Veterans; remains up-to-date on suicide prevention training materials and clinical tools, and utilizes them as appropriate in clinical practice; Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact patients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethical consultations; Analyzes ethical/care issues, applying appropriate theoretical principles and ensures application of institutional policy; Serves as a resource and advocate for the protection of patient/family rights. Provides considerate care, respecting patient/family and staff personal values and belief systems; Participates in regularly scheduled clinical consultations with staff/treatment teams to ensure for quality and continuity of care, as well as individual Veteran attainment of program and treatment goals. Administrative: Responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, and affirmative action for the area under incumbent supervision in the following: (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all employees; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills; Provides education to staff regarding whistle blower protections; Makes sustained contributions to Veteran-specific healthcare by sharing subject matter expertise within and/or outside the facility; Provides training and supervision of a multidisciplinary team. Supervised staff may include, but are not limited to, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Peer Support Specialists, Social Service Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and administrative support staff. Incumbent provides administrative supervision to the team, including but not limited to: Hiring, HR Actions, performance evaluations, time and attendance procedures, and workload management for staff; Monitors compliance of staff members with VA performance measures and effectively shapes provider practice patterns to improve standing on performance measures; Performs HUD-VASH voucher reconciliation and monitoring of utilization for geographic area (may include multiple public housing authorities (PHA); Monitors and manages electronic medical homeless consults for geographical area as assigned. Complying with documentation standards in accordance with local medical facility and national policy; providing education regarding and monitoring documentation compliance among staff members; Participates in all accreditations and mandatory surveys (CARF, Joint Commission, etc.). Serves as a key point of contact for the VA CHOS program among local housing authorities, Continuums of Care (COC) and community partners; Attends and participates in regular leadership meetings; Participates in the hiring of new staff members for the team (writes announcements for posted positions, prepares functional statements, and may assume primary responsibility for selecting final job candidates); Inputs relevant information into the HOMES database and the Veteran's electronic health record within the required timelines in order to document, evaluate, and enhance the quality of service provided to Veterans; Monitors compliance of their team members through VA-established performance measures, electronic medical record chart reviews, review of data collection and reporting, use of supervision; Completes all mandatory trainings by stipulated due dates and monitors and ensures for the compliance of their staff members in such trainings; Follows the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics throughout practice. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, American Lake Division 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.