Job Overview


The Phoenix VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for three Social Workers to support the VA Medical Centers Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing program.


These position are term appointments not to exceed 3 years



OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.


Basking in sunshine 300 days a year in the aptly named Valley of the Sun, the Phoenix VA Health Care System is located near downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  Although renowned for its warm, dry climate, Arizona's capitol offers much more than great weather.  The Phoenix metro area, now America's 5th largest city, offers affordable housing and a relaxed, informal southwestern lifestyle.  Diversity abounds.  Greater Phoenix has an abundance of golf courses, parks, public swimming pools and bike paths.  For the sports fans Phoenix is home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns, NFL's Arizona Cardinals; Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks and the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.  Across the state, more than 11 million acres of national forest lands provide a varied playground for those who enjoy skiing, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or camping for the more adventurous, there's white water rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon!   For city dwellers, the valley boasts exceptional shopping and retail establishments, restaurants and night life.  The valley is also rapidly gaining prominence as a Mecca for the arts.  Phoenix possesses world class museums, a ballet, symphony orchestra and several theater companies. For more information on the City of Phoenix, visit the Chamber of Commerce site at

More information about the Phoenix VA Health Care System team may be found here:  


Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.


Duties and Responsibilities:

 The social worker is the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist for Homeless Programs.  This position provides case management and intervention support to Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Program in a team oriented, recovery-based program. The (SUD) Specialist supports the HUD-VASH Program by providing continuity of care between Homeless Programs through services to Veterans with SUDs as they transition from programs such as Domiciliary or Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (RRTPs), Health Care for Homeless Veterans Contracted Housing, and Grant Per Diem Programs to HUD-VASH. The social worker provides on-going substance use case management and early treatment interventions to promote sustained stability and abstinence in HUD-VASH subsidized permanent housing. These Veterans are frequently homeless due to their SUD activities, so providing SUD treatment support and early intervention promotes recovery, improved quality of life and successful permanent housing. These Veterans are frequently also diagnosed with co-occurring mental health, physical health and social problems that require particular skill in early intervention and crisis management. The social worker must be able to develop appropriate professional relationships with the Veterans and meet the Veteran where he or she is ready to engage in treatment. The social worker also will need to develop liaison relationships with more acute treatment providers/ programs, such as an Intensive Outpatient Program. The social worker will provide appropriate group and individual case management and treatment.

A.        Provides direct SUD services for HUD-VASH in the Medical Center. 

 B.        Provides Outreach services for HUD-VASH in the community.

 C.        Provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in areas related to SUD assessment, anger management, and life skills and SUD with co-occurring disorders. 

D.        Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others.  Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnoses of SUD.

 E.        Provides all necessary assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories, and SUD assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans.

 F.         Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework.

 G.        Works with the Veteran to realize the Veteran’s treatment goals, and reassesses and revises goals as indicated by the Veteran’s engagement in treatment.

 H.        Organizes and conducts individual and group case management and SUD treatment, to include early interventions and supportive follow-up to ensure stability in home visits and facility-based contacts.

 I.          Provides SUD support to the HUD-VASH team as a functional member of this team, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits, when indicated by suspicion of HUD-VASH participant SUD use.

 J.         Will serve as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team.

 K.        Will develop partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication.

 L.         Will provide liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans to HUD-VASH to ensure continuity of care and promote successful transition of Veterans from one program to another.

 M.        Will provide consultative services to HUD-VASH, as needed.

 N.        Will participate in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with other members of HUD-VASH and Homeless Programs.

 O.        Will provide appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans.

 P.        Will be responsible for the collection of statistical data and for reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans.

 Q.        Provides recovery –oriented treatment with the goal of establishing the Veteran independently in the community at the Veteran’s highest level of functioning and quality of life.


Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.