This Social Worker position is in the Housing and Urban Development / VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. The HUD-VASH Program falls within the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs of the Patient Care Line. HUD-VASH is an intensive case management program for chronically homeless Veterans aimed at providing psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system. The Social Worker is responsible for coordination of case management services for Veterans receiving housing provided through HUD Section 8 housing vouchers. Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program funding provides rental assistance under a supportive housing program for homeless Veterans authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937, known as the HUD-VASH program. The HUD-VASH program combines HUD HCV rental assistance for homeless Veterans, with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at its medical centers and in the community. Ongoing VA case management, healthcare, and other supportive services are made available to homeless Veterans at over 132 VA Medical Center (VAMC) supportive services sites across the nation. Some of the duties, functions, and responsibilities include: Provide case management for a caseload of Veterans in the HUD-VASH program. Perform site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes. Verify the Veteran's status and eligibility for VA medical care and eligibility of program participation. Ensure homeless Veterans are considered as primary participants for program acceptance. Collect and submit HUD-VASH Program participant data as outlined by NEPEC evaluation procedures. Provide HUD-VASH case management. Case management is defined as the provision of services by VA clinical staff to homeless Veterans and includes all activities to provide appropriate treatment and maintain Veterans in HUD approved stable housing. Coordinate care, including serving as an advocate on behalf of the Veterans to ensure comprehensive service delivery. Link and refer Veterans to the VA Medical Center, VA Regional Offices, or community agencies. Comply with criminal conflict of interest laws and Executive Branch Standards of conduct to avoid conflicts of interest. Actively participate in HUD-VASH Program conference calls and attend training offered by the HUD-VASH. Follow local policy and SOP for the HUD-VASH Program, this includes following policies and documentation requirements as required for CARF and Joint Commission accreditation. Work with VA Medical Center multi-disciplinary teams and community agencies to strive for developing more effective and efficient ways of delivering healthcare services to HUD-VASH Program Veterans. Provide comprehensive psychological/social work services to Veterans and their families. Manage, coordinate, and provide psychological/social work services to Veterans and their families in outpatient and community settings. Recognize age-related needs and demonstrate knowledge and care appropriate to that age group. Protect printed and electronic files containing sensitive data under provision of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal Regulations, VA statues, and policy. Conduct psychosocial assessments to determine needs of Veterans and family members. Participate in discharge planning with other disciplines and ensure discharge plans arc executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate. Provide consultation/education to Veterans and families on community resources, advance directives, and VA benefits. Act as a consultant to other team and staff members. Provide case management to Veterans and families as needed throughout the continuum of care. Provide a full range of services within commonly accepted standards of practice which include case work, individual, family and group counseling, discharge planning, case management, and other services as appropriate. Address Advance Directives in accordance with the standards of their work area. Provide wellness/prevention education and facilitate patient/family support groups as appropriate. Coordinate treatment and communicate with the care lines to facilitate continuity of care for Veterans. Participate in committee assignments as deemed necessary by the service manager. Maintain familiarity and responsibility for all performance measures relating to the HUD-VASH Program. Work Schedule: Mon - Fri, 8am to 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Social Worker (HUD-VASH)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.