This is an open continuous announcement for current, internal VHA employees only and may be extended or closed as needed. If you are a public applicant, please apply through announcement CBTE-11169008-21-JER for consideration. Qualified applicants will be considered and referred as vacancies become available. This announcement will be used to fill vacancies at the New York Harbor (New York, Brooklyn and Queens), Bronx, New Jersey (East Orange and Lyons), and Northport locations. The Social Worker assists in the day-to-day operations of the Program/Unit specific to his/her area of assignment and insures compliance and collaboration with local facility and the VA Central Office initiatives. Conducts Veteran, family, and caregiver clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues. Professional judgement, including the knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, is an inherent competency applied in daily interactions. Responsibilities include high risk needs assessment and screening, early intervention/admission diversion, case finding, psychosocial assessment, psychosocial treatment planning, individual counseling and case work, group work, caregiver support, family counseling, psychotherapy, community/home/residence/agency visits, information and referral. Responsible for the coordination of the psychosocial aspects of discharge and aftercare planning, clinical case management and care coordination, patient advocacy, crisis intervention, critical incident stress management, trauma counseling, patient/caregiver/family education, and end of life planning. Coordination of community-based services, liaison to community programs and resources, resource brokering, community outreach, program planning and development of new initiatives, consultation to and coordination with other health care professionals and community agencies are functions required of the incumbent. Participates in social research and performance improvement activities related to health care and outcome evaluation. Collaborates with community agencies in developing psychosocial support services and participates in community-based educational functions and events related to Medical Center and Social Work programming. Outreaches to new populations. Identifies unmet Veteran needs, gaps in service delivery systems, and barriers to timely program access and participates in the development of additional community resources and partnerships between the VA and community agencies. Assists in staff development and continuing education activities to upgrade the clinical proficiency of Social Work and other health care staff. Documents clinical professional interventions in the Veteran's medical record. Performs clinical activities and therapeutic interventions in support of the Veteran's financial, housing, legal, vocational, community integration, health care and other psychosocial needs. Serves as a consultant for navigating the complex processes Veterans, caregivers, and families encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. Assist in coordinating events and programs for the program/unit in which they are assigned as applicable. Performs a wide range of services and may provide technical assistance to state, local, and private agencies, and universities. Technical assistance is based on monitoring activities and program reviews, and the development and analysis of information. In addition, uses sound judgment in the interpretation of trends and patterns; the application of guidelines; and the recommendation of program enhancements. The Social Worker is able to maintain a level of productivity and quality consistent with the complexity of the assignment and consistent with Social Work standards, Joint Commission/CARF standards, and facility standards. The Social Worker is willing to serve on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility as deemed appropriate by the Supervisor and Chief, Social Work Service. The Social Worker is flexible to include modification of tour of duty to accommodate patient care needs during WHEN hours as needed. These clinical duties constitute the majority of the Social Worker's responsibilities; however, other collateral duties may be assigned to address patient care, Social Work or Medical Center needs. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm / May vary by position and location 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.