Senior Social Worker - Veteran Justice Outreach/Re-Entry Case Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Internal Number: 691033900
The Clinical Social Worker assigned to this Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO)/Healthcare Re-Entry Veteran Case Manager position will provide outreach services to a highly complex and high risk population detained in secured, county, state and federal correctional institutions. The Clinical Social Worker's VJO responsibilities are conducted primarily in community settings in conjunction with police encounters, correctional facilities, including county jails, work release centers, and local courts. Qualifications: Applicants pending the completion of education or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a Master of Social Work. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker program coordinator positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-12 Specialized Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to: Working with persons with substance use disorders, chronic mental illness and providing community-based case management. Strong communication skills, experience working independently with little supervision. The ability to enter courts, jails and prisons without restrictions. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in specialty treatment programs or with special patient populations. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial and/or case management. (b) Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. (c) Knowledge in developing and implementing methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services in the specialty area, utilizing outcome evaluations to improve treatment services and to design system changes. (d) Ability to provide specialized consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients in the service delivery area, as well as role modeling effective social work practice skills. (e) Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the social work profession, and to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the service delivery area. Preferred Experience: Experience providing outreach services to high risk populations detained in secured, county, state and federal correctional institutions. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/120 PART II APPENDIX G39 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Light lifting (under 15 lbs.); light carrying (under 15 lbs.); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; walking (intermittent); standing (intermittent); hearing (aid permitted); clear speech. The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items like papers or books. No special physical demands are required to perform the work. ["The incarcerated and ex-offender population present with health care and psychosocial problems that are complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem-solving. The Healthcare Reentry duties include outreach to Veteran's incarcerated in state and federal prisons in the VAMHCS catchment area. The Case Manager provides assistance to the Veteran in determining eligibility and accessing services at the time of release (usually 3 to 6 mos.) to provide for a transition from incarceration to the community. The VJO/HCRV Case Manager will manage a full clinical workload including psychosocial/diagnostic assessment with patient/family. The Case Manager demonstrates ability to establish therapeutic rapport, demonstrates effective interviewing skills, and elicits relevant information by case presentation and observation. The Case Manager initiates outreach to justice involved Veterans. The target population consists of Veterans who are involved with the criminal justice system or are incarcerated in state or federal correctional facilities. Major duties include, but are not limited to: The VJO/HCRV Case Manager will manage a full clinical workload including psychosocial/diagnostic assessment with patient/family. The Case Manager demonstrates ability to establish therapeutic rapport, demonstrates effective interviewing skills, and elicits relevant information by case presentation and observation. The Case Manager initiates outreach to justice involved Veterans. The target population consists of Veterans who are involved with the criminal justice system or are incarcerated in state or federal correctional facilities. Provides coordination of outreach services with county correctional institutions, collaboration with justice system including classification officers, probation officers, reentry staff, public defenders and private attorneys The Case Manager provides therapeutic interventions that are consistent with the psychosocial assessment. Professional services include, but are not limited to, evaluation and assessment, supportive counseling, crisis counseling, treatment planning, patient and family education, case management/care coordination involving VA and non-VA community resources. Incumbent demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, communicate, prescribe and provide intervention to patient and/or family. The Case Manager ensures continuity of patient care in the development and implementation of the plan of care. Effectively communicates with and utilizes other disciplines (e.g., nursing, medicine, psychology) to facilitate treatment planning and implementation. The Case Manger provides or facilitates professional education to law enforcement and other correctional facilities concerning the unique Veteran issues. The Case Manger provides liaison with Veterans Courts, Drug Courts or Mental Health Courts. The Case Manger will assist in facilitating the creation of any of the above courts with community partners. Facilities evaluation and treatment of Veterans. The Case Manager provides all necessary direct and indirect patient care services consistent with area of assignment. The Case Manager demonstrates an ability to perform quality professional psychosocial services for the young, middle age and geriatric age patients. The Case Manager assists with the CHALENG and Stand Down meetings. Incumbent will need to travel and may have irregular tours of duty. Incumbent may be expected to provide appropriate clinical backup and guidance to social work staff in the mental health service line. The Case Manager serves as a consultant to other disciplines to assist them with psychosocial issues. Work Schedule: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.