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.