Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1874070

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?

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are", our culture, and how we care for our Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

Cost of Living Allowance (COLA is tax-free) is currently 5.31% and is subject to change in the future.


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.

This announcement is also being posted for current permanent Federal employees from other agencies and U.S. Citizens, see vacancy number VT-17-MMC-1874028-BU-OCA. Only two positions will be filled.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized upon eligibility, review and approval by management for a highly qualified applicant.

This position is Open Until Filled; applicants who have applied and meet qualifications by January 4, 2017 will be referred first. Applicants who apply after that date and meet qualifications will be referred as they are received. If selections are made, this position will close before December 12, 2017.

Duties

The two (2) Social Worker (Tribal Case Manager/HUD-VASH) positions are in Bethel and Juneau, Alaska. The Social Worker functions as the Tribal Case Manager for the Alaska VA Healthcare System's Housing and Urban Development vouchers assigned to the Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority (Bethel), and the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (Juneau) in the Tribal HUD-VASH Demonstration Project. The two Social Worker's report to the Chief, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) of the Mental Health Services Care Line located in the Alaska VA Healthcare System. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Serve as a Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Tribal Case Manager for the respective Tribal HUD-VASH Demonstration Project.
  • Provide psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD's Section 8 voucher system.
  • Expand the HUD-VASH role to include case management for enrolled tribal member Veterans' family members and to include Veterans and families who are not yet homeless but are deemed at risk for homelessness.
  • Independent coordination of case management services for Veterans receiving housing provided through tribal housing vouchers.
  • Responsible for case management of family members of housed Veterans, which involves specialized knowledge and experience in family intervention as well as extensive collaboration and community partners who provide services to families.
  • Work closely with community resources to help the Veterans obtain care and services in the area in which they choose to live.
  • Work independently in rural and remote environment as the "systems expert", provide intensive case management services that focus on areas of readjustment and re-entry counseling, housing, mental health problems, psychosocial needs, barriers to treatment and mitigating risk factors related to incarceration and readjustment back to the local community where they reside and VA health care system.
  • Develop programs and work directly with AVAHS Suicide Prevention Coordinator to reduce risk factors often associated with this population.
  • Provide case management for a complex caseload of chronically homeless Veterans (who must also be an enrolled tribal member) in the HUD-VASH programs within the Cook Inlet, Southeast and Southwest Regions of Alaska that is composed of all cities, towns, villages and surrounding areas served the respective Housing Authority.
  • Provide in-depth multi-faceted assessment to identify "at-risk" factors; work closely with the Veteran to develop a treatment plan, involving the Veteran and family, and possibly tribal leaders, to reduce the risk factors and sigma often associated with diagnosis such as: a catastrophic medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other identified increased risk factors.
  • Initiate all comprehensive psychosocial assessments, and then interviews the Veteran and family members to assess the facts about the Veteran's situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran's functioning and health.
  • Review agreements between Tribes, Section 8, landlords, Tribal Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements.
  • Perform on-site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.
  • Verify the Veteran's enrolled tribal member status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.
  • Collect and submit HUD-VASH Program participation data as outlined by the North East Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) evaluation procedures.
  • Initiate discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate.
  • Provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate.
  • Provide consultation/education to Veterans, their families and community providers on area resources, advance directives and VA benefits.
  • Supervise practice of students, interns, and case managers assigned to the HUD-VASH program.
  • Develop and maintain statistical compilations to comply with Joint Commission, CARF, VA and medical center policy and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate records of relevant trainings and participate in continuing education in accordance with VA policies and state licensure.
  • Document patient's medical record in accordance with AVAHS policies, and the requirements of TJC and CARF.
  • Required to operate and drive a government vehicle to provide services in the community.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker (Tribal Case Manager/HUD-VASH)/000000

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No