Social Worker(HBPC/CC)

Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 13, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Full Time


Home Based Primary Care (HSBC) is a program offered through the Veterans Administration (VA) under the Geriatrics/Extended Care. The purpose of HBPC is to provide direct care to enrolled veteran patients who are housebound or terminally ill, within the milieu of their home, through an interdisciplinary team approach composed of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, kinesiotherapist, dietitian, chaplain, and consultants for clinical pharmacy and geropsychiatry.
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The Duty station for this position is located at Loch Raven VA facility in the Baltimore MD area.

The HBPC Social Worker provides specialized treatment for the Veterans served by HBPC, many of whom have highly complex medical problems, as well as mental illnesses and socio-economic issues. With appropriate privileges, HBPC Social Workers also make psychosocial diagnoses and offer suggestions for treatment. The Senior Social Worker provides individual, group and family psychotherapy, when indicated. The Senior Social Worker also provides advance level case management, as many of the Veterans served by HBPC have multiple medical problems, as well as mental health diagnoses, socio-economic problems and many times poly-substance abuse.

The HBPC Social Worker offers consultation to other VA Social Workers, professionals, and community members on what constitutes an appropriate referral. Within the HBPC team, The Senior Social Worker also offers guidance, suggestions and opinions to other team members (Nurse practitioners, Nurses, Doctors, Dietician, Psychologist, etc.) on Social Work Issues. Suggestions are based on Social Work expertise, as well as experience.

The HBPC Social Worker is licensed at the advanced practice clinical level and could provide supervision for Social Work Licensure. This HBPC Social Worker can also guide, mentor and teach less experienced Social Workers and students.

The HBPC Social Worker is comfortable with rendering Social Work services in a variety of outpatient settings with no direct supervision. HBPC services take place in Veterans' homes, which can be assisted living facilities, VA CRC/MFH homes, or Veterans' private homes. The locations, conditions and status of homes vary depending on the geographic location of the Veteran served, as well as depending on their financial means.

The HBPC Social Worker is comfortable in working effectively and efficiently in a multitude of environments. The HBPC Social Worker must be extremely sensitive to Veterans of all races, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, mental and physical illnesses, all while providing professional Social Work services.

The HBPC Social Worker practices at an advanced level of practice, which is evident by the Social Worker's ability to provide independent and expert clinical psychosocial and case management services to Veterans who tend to have serious and severe crises, may lack familial and community support, may be poor self-monitors, may frequently fail to comply with instruction and treatment, or may have major deficits in coping skills and require
continuing support.

The HBPC Social Worker makes independent profession decisions, whose work involves intensive social work services requiring the exercise of mature professional judgement and the flexible use of a wide range of social work practice skills, which is not typically required for routine social work interventions.

The HBPC Social Worker demonstrates advanced practice skills and judgement by working independently, without direct Social Work supervision.

The HBPC Social Worker also demonstrates advanced practice skills by working with Veterans with extremely complex problems, as well as complex mental health problems. The Veterans have many complex Medical and mental health problems. Their problems range from dementia, ALS, MS, cancer, diabetes, paralyzed Veterans, PTSD, substance abuse, poly-substance abuse, etc. The Veterans who are served by HBPC Social Worker is multi-generational.

The HBPC Social Worker must be versed in the many needs of different generations, as well as different socio-economic classes. Veterans who are seen by HBPC are followed until their discharge from the program, which typically is because of death.

The HBPC Social Worker is versed in end of life education and planning, bereavement issues, as well as being proficient in family dynamics.

The HBPC Social Worker performs duties in the community, in the Veteran's home (personal homes, Assisted living Facilities (ALF)).

The HBPC Social worker is making independent practice and clinical decisions on a daily basis for the Veterans served in HBPC.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Telework: Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

76% or greater - Incumbent will travel in the catchment area of VAMHCS.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • It is a requirement that all HCP receive the COVID-19 vaccination and annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons.
  • Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption has been granted. Health Care Personnel in violation of these directives may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.


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 (MSW) 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.
  • Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. For this grade level, applicants must be licensed at the advanced practice level.
  • English Language Proficiency: Social workers must be proficient in spoke and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Grade Determinations: Senior Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least two years should be in an area of specialized social work practice. Senior social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination, unless they are grandfathered by the state in which they are licensed to practice at the advanced practice level (except for licenses issued in California, which administers its own clinical examination for advanced practice). Senior social workers may have certification or other post-masters training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship or equivalent supervised professional experience in a specialty.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs listed below:

1. 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.

2. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12.

Physical Requirements: Light lifting (up to 15 pounds), light carrying (up to 15 pounds), reaching above shoulders, walking (4 hours), standing, hearing (aid permitted), sitting 3-4 hours intermittently, hand and eye coordination.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • License
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: .

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.

  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Other (2)
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference .

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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