Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 945139 (Include # on all documents)

Are you a current Cincinnati. OH VA Medical Center employee? If so, this same job announcement is posted for internal applicants under announcement # 939352. The posting can only be found by going to the P drive and clicking on the job announcement. After you click on the job announcement you will be redirected to the website so that you can apply. This job announcement is posted for external applicants that do not already work at the Cincinnati, OH VA Medical Center.

This one vacancy is being posted for both of the following disciplines:

  • Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW) GS-0185
  • Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (LPMHC) GS-0101

NOTE: This vacancy is being advertised at the GS 12 grade level which is above the full performance level. If you are selected for this position, your salary and grade will be determined by a Professional Standards Board (PSB). The PSB is a peer review group / process. The PSB will review your individual qualifications, education, professional training/internship(s) and professional experience to determine the most appropriate salary and grade based on your individual accomplishments.

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.



The VA Cincinnati OH Health Care System is recruiting for one full-time Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Specialist. This position is part of the Mental Health Care Line Service. 

The primary responsibilities are to provide intensive case management services, continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, psychosocial assessments, placement services, and referrals to various community agencies for Veterans who are incarcerated. The VJO Specialist is administratively responsible for clinical programming for and daily operation of the program, as well as managing data related to the program.  The VJO Specialist is an integral member of the Homeless Program and works in conjunction with the Homeless Outreach Specialist and the Director, Community Outreach Division to coordinate administrative, patient, and personnel activities for this program. This position requires an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the services and benefits available from community, State and Federal agencies.   The incumbent must have skill in diplomacy, advocacy, and negotiation in spanning boundaries of at least two large institutions, VA and corrections. The incumbent will have knowledge of jail culture, its impact upon Veteran institutional and community perceptions and behavior, and skill in assisting the Veteran and those who work with him or her in adopting behaviors adaptive to community living. The VJO Specialist has specialized knowledge of practice related to the treatment of chronically mentally ill population, those with substance abuse disorders and those who have a history of complex legal difficulties.   The VJO Specialist is licensed in a state at the advanced practice level. The incumbent will perform duties independently, reporting to the Director, Community Outreach Division under the Mental Health Care Line.   The tour of duty will be day shift, Monday - Friday.

**Travel in the Community may be required for this position**

PLEASE NOTE: This announcement is not intended to cover all the duties, responsibilities or qualifications of this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant (it is no one else's responsibility - only the applicant)  for completing the entire application process.

Requests for reconsideration will not & can not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package by the closing date of the announcement.

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At the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, our duty is to make sure Veterans receive the finest health care available within our resources. We are devoted to providing primary health care, specialized care, and mental health service to Veterans whom reside within a 50-mile radius of the Medical Center serving veterans in the states of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. For more information, please visit our web site.

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 and leadership positions 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. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information onset's Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.

Relocation Expenses are not Authorized.


This announcement is not intended to cover all aspects of the duties, responsibilities, or the qualifications of the position.

The Veteran Justice Outreach Specialist's duties are as follows:

  • Ensure that eligible Veterans in contact with the local criminal justice system have access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated and other VA services and benefits (as appropriate).
  • Help identify eligible Veterans by assisting Veteran in completion of forms.
  • Assist the local criminal justice system with helping Veterans engage the VA medical system for needed services upon re-entry into the community.
  • Develop an information release process for communication of Veterans' health care, medication, and diagnostic information from the VA to the criminal justice system.
  • Intervene at intercept points to move Veterans away from the justice system into appropriate treatment.
  • Promote positive community adjustment through connection to VA and community resources to avoid further criminal behavior.
  • Provide or coordinate training for law enforcement personnel (including VA Police) on Veteran specific issues, including PTSD and TBI.    
  • Provide mental health assessments, treatment planning and referrals to VA and community services.
  • Work with courts, law enforcement and other applicable institutions to report and ensure Veterans' compliance with recommended treatment and sobriety requirements.
  • Provide outreach and education to inform and assist the Veterans, legal defenders, judges, VA clinical staff, and other VJO Specialists of the benefits and limitation of care with the Veteran Justice Outreach Program.
  • Conduct direct outreach, assessment, and case management for justice-involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners.
  • Function as a member of court treatment teams using interventions appropriate for the justice-involved Veteran population and refer and link Veterans to appropriate VA and non-VA services.
  • Participate in program monitoring and evaluation activity.
The incumbent, as part of their expected duties, will need to maintain an active unrestricted driver's license which will allow them when necessary to transport patients in the course of providing needed case management services.   This transportation will be provided in approved government vehicles.