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    This position functions as an interdisciplinary team member, assisting physicians and other professional/non-professional personnel at the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (MHRRTP) a 50-bed residential facility which operates a 35-bed homeless program combined with a 15-bed residential substance abuse program and 3 apartment buildings within the Anchorage community which houses up to 22 Veterans in a compensated work therapy- transitional residence program.

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    • The position provides information and advocates for Veterans' personal recovery goals and plan, and shared goals with clinical care team by partnering with Veterans in exploring aspects of his/her Treatment Plan in group and individual settings. The position is the steward of how to
      navigate the MHRRTP and orient Veterans new to the program about the services, hours, locations, staff, tools, resources, and other pertinent information necessary for the Veteran to understand the program and how to utilize the program.
    • Applying diverse knowledge of VA and community programs, the importance of self-care, and the importance of the Veteran participating as the focal point of their treatment plan, the position acts as a point of contact to journey through the Whole Health program (pathway, health and wellbeing
      programs, clinical care)., assists the Veteran in exploring further options for participation in individual sessions, groups, or programs related to: Exploration of What Matters; Self-Assessment using Components of Health and Well-being; Setting Goals/Actions; and Identifying Support/Follow-up.
    • Recognizes the signs and symptoms of being the under influence of illicit substances or alcohol. Confronts Veterans when these signs are observed in a respectful manner and obtains diagnostics such as breathalyzer and Point of Care - 14 test Urine Drug Screens. Assists registered nurse while assessment is completed, carries out follow-up care such as monitoring vital signs and breathalyzers, completing contraband inspection of personal belongings.
    • Performs a wide range of diagnostic support duties such as taking, reporting, and recording vital signs and any deviations to lead RN, medical provider, or supervisor, obtaining laboratory specimens and preparing them for transport to the laboratory by labeling and sealing within biohazard bags. Performs Point of Care- 14 test Urine Drug Screens to determine illicit substances used by the Veteran and reporting this ordering provider. Makes gross visual observations and identifies subtle changes regarding the patient's condition, documents observations, and reports these to medical provider and treatment team members.
    • Completes reports of incidents using the electronic incident reporting system (JPERS) when applicable and provides a detailed summary of the incident to supervisor in the SBAR format situation, background, assessment, and response. Follows-up with Veterans involved in any such reported incident to ensure continuity of care and well-being.
    • Performs regular administrative functions, e.g. processes residents for clearance, completes entries in communication log, completes progress notes. Provides coverage for the front desk/reception area as needed. Monitors safety and security of facility by ensuring visitors sign in/out and that residents sign in/out.
    • Maintains clinical and administrative files. Scans documents electronically and follows HIMS policies for document storage. Secures documents according to policy. Orders and maintains inventory of clinical supplies, medical equipment, linen, and cleaning supplies.
    • Receives telephone calls from beneficiaries, relatives, friends, VA facilities, service organizations, community agencies, etc., and provides information in accordance with VA regulations and release of information policies. Safeguards Veteran's personal identity and respects the privacy of those in treatment, does not disclose information to non-approved parties.
    • Utilizes delegated authority to take action should a resident fail to return from authorized absence at the designated time, e.g. Irregular discharge, unauthorized absence if resident is incompetent, or review by Chief, MHRRTP. Has authority to grant requests for or extensions of authorized
      absence when feasible, obtaining the concurrence of treatment teams.
    • The employee is responsible for maintaining a clean, safe and healthful environment for all residents assigned to the Sections under his/her supervision, including building, housekeeping and sanitation, security safety, repair and maintenance of day rooms, ramps and areas surrounding the buildings. Makes daily inspections to check physical plant equipment, health and safety, and security problems.
    Work Schedule: Location is in Anchorage, Alaska - tour will be one of three: Mon-Fri days, Mon-Fri evenings; or Fri-Mon (compressed schedule 4 ten hour shifts)
    Compressed/Flexible: Compressed Available
    Telework: Not Available
    Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
    Position Description/PD#: Social Services Assistant/PD50336-A.
    Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
    Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/563225700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.