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    The incumbent functions as a champion and advocate for the provision of recovery focused services to Veterans. As such, the incumbent is expected to model Recovery and its defined values in all aspects of her or his professional activities and partnerships.

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    The incumbent is the Healthcare for the Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Supported- Housing Clinician located at Battle Creek VAMC. He/she identifies homeless veterans in the community who are eligible for homeless services, develops treatment resources and provides appropriate referral services. The incumbent's contact with homeless veterans is based on a theoretical and practical understanding of complex factors such as the homeless veterans' biopsychosocial diagnosis, degree of deprivation, motivation, and the social, and political and legal issues which influence the provision of care. To be effective, the incumbent must be sensitive to the needs of the homeless veteran and the requirements of the VA. The incumbent must establish close, positive working relationships with the clinical and administrative staff at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center and with homeless providers, administrators, court system, law enforcement agencies, and advocates in the community.
    As the HCHV Supported-Housing Clinician, the incumbent has the following responsibilities:

    • Identification of eligible homeless veterans: incumbent establishes productive working relationships with homeless veterans and service providers in the community and other stakeholders. The incumbent collaborates with community providers and/or other stakeholders to establish contact with homeless veterans for the purpose of conducting assessments and screening for consideration of placement/admission to the Jesse Houses. It is essential that the incumbent has excellent working relationships with VA Services and Departments to facilitate the veteran's care including establishing eligibility, on-site services and securing placement as appropriate when placement in the Jesse House is deemed inappropriate.
    • Evaluation of homeless veterans: The incumbent assumes responsibility for conducting intake assessments of homeless veterans he/she has identified as being eligible for placement in the Jesse Houses. The newly identified patients may be in acute distress. The incumbent must demonstrate a high level of professional judgment, which includes the ability to independently make clinical decisions and recommendations. The Supported-Housing Clinician must assess veterans for dangerousness to self or others, evidence of psychosis, mental status, and the need for psychiatric hospitalization and refer and/or petition when deemed necessary. The incumbent must have knowledge of substance abuse, mental illness, dual diagnosis, as well as formulation of a psychosocial assessment that includes the
      veterans' motivation and readiness for treatment, independent living or contract residential treatment. The incumbent demonstrates the ability to function as an effective facilitator between the patient and his/her environment, to make decisions quickly and accurately regarding appropriate disposition or intervention including immediate hospitalization, medical/psychiatric consultation, and mobilization of community and VA resources to meet the patient's financial, social, and environmental needs. To do this competently, the incumbent must establish effective working relationship with the VAMC's social work staff.
    • Assists the HCHV Coordinator in collaboration with community agencies, court system, law enforcement agencies, and other VA programs to develop and implement services for homeless veterans.
    • Serves on appropriate community boards and committees.
    • Assists in the development of methods to collect/interpret program data and established procedures for program evaluation.
    • Follows policies and procedures for the HCHV Program in accordance with all requirements and in collaboration with staff.
    • Has an understanding of federal, state and local homeless policies and procedures.
    • Independently performs case finding functions and outreach, identifying and screening patients for psychosocial needs. Incumbent must possess the knowledge and ability to independently implement treatment modalities, provide counseling or psychotherapy for individuals, families and groups.
    • Incumbent is able to coordinates community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs.
    • Independently identifies high-risk patients and provides case management services. Incumbent provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Has working knowledge and experience in use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

    Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm. Hours may be rotated or extended based on the needs of our Veterans and the Medical Center.
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    76% or greater - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0185 Social Work

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