Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 886676

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.  

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

 

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

 

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

 

Grand Junction is an outdoor person's paradise.  The area's wonderland's make activities such as camping, fishing, hiking and hunting easily accessible.  Powderhorn Ski Resort is 40 miles from Grand Junction.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Grand Junction, CO surrounding area go to http://www.grandjunction.va.gov/.  

Note:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties

The Social Worker functions as the Case Manager for VA Grand Junction Housing and Urban Development/VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH).  The Social Worker works in the Mental Health Department at VA Grand Junction.

The Social Worker works independently performs the following duties:

          ·         Providing psychosocial services to veterans who reside in stable housing through Housing Choice Vouchers.

      ·         Providing case management for a caseload of veterans in the HUD/VASH program.

      ·         Providing psychosocial screening, assessment, counseling, and crisis intervention.

      ·         Developing a comprehensive treatment plan in collaboration with the veteran.

      ·         Coordinating family conferences.

      ·         Providing education to families and the veteran.

      ·         Reviewing agreements between HCV landlords, Public Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing referral sites for HUD/VASH placement.

      ·         Performing site visits of HUD/VASH apartments to ensure veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.

      ·         Verifying the veteran's status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.

      ·         Collecting HUD/VASH program participant data as outlined by NEPEC evaluation procedures and HOMES registry.

      ·         Providing individual, group, and/or family psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions to assist veterans with securing, adjusting to, and maintaining stable housing.

      ·         Coordinating care including serving as an advocate for the veteran and linking and referring veterans to the VA and/or community agencies.

      ·         Participating in the HUD/VASH program conference calls and attends trainings offered by HUD/VASH.

      ·         Following local policy and SOP for the HUD/VASH program.

      ·         Participating in program planning and development, identifying the need for and making recommendations on program procedure or policy changes.

         ·         Documenting all contacts with patients/families in the medical charts.

·         Site visits of Hud-VAH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.

·         Verifies the Veterans status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.

·         Responsible for following local policy and Standard Operating Procedures for the HUD-VASH Program.Follow policies and documents requirements as required for CARF and Joint Commission accreditation.

·         Performs accountability functions: 1) documents all contacts with patients/families in medical charts; 2) completes statistical and other reports in accordance with VA Medical Center and respective professional discipline service policies.

·         Must have experience working with individuals that have substance abuse and mental health issues.

·         Knowledge of housing is helpful, but not mandatory.

Relocation/Recruitment expenses and/or incentives have NOT been authorized.