Senior Social Worker (Transitions of Care Program)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Hampton, Virginia
Posted
Oct 13, 2021
Closes
Oct 21, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network (VISN 6), Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (HVAMC), under the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service Line (MHBS). This position is aligned with the Transitions of Care (TOC) Program under the Urgent and Emergent Stabilization Services and is responsible for coordinating the care of patients during higher risk transitions of care.
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Responsibilities

The TOC Social Worker manages aspects of transition that are not currently covered by other teams within the Hampton VAMC continuum of care. These aspects include follow-up with Veterans for post-discharge engagement through face-to-face appointments, phone contacts, and ensuring transition plans are executed as intended, and if problems arise, solving them and/or bridging the gaps between psychotherapy services briefly. Services provided may include individual and group aftercare psychotherapy. The Social Worker is aware of the varying portals of entry and therefore assists patients in navigating the barriers that the system or the Veterans' own psychosocial circumstances create and complicate achieving recovery. This requires not only knowledge of the VA and community mental health and healthcare systems, but also knowledge of recovery-based principles, advocacy skills, and providing psychotherapy that is evidenced-based and brief. Services include care for Veterans with varying diagnoses including substance use disorders and reducing risk of suicide.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following tasks:
  • The TOC Social Worker will improve transitions of care between crisis/acute services, inter-hospital transitions, outside facilities to Hampton VAMC, and between programs. The Social Worker will assure that no Veteran is lost to care, does not receive a needed service, or is abandoned for any reason. Duties may involve tracking patients after an AMA discharge from an inpatient treatment episode, assuring patients from a residential program at another VA or in the community are provided a warm hand off, including a follow up appointment and phone contact, or tracking involuntary commitments. As a member of the TOC team, the Social Worker will increase Veteran engagement in Mental Health services by providing a single identifiable source for Veterans and Caregivers/family to manage their journey through period of transition and improve the connection to community providers by providing a single contact for resources, referrals and returns to service. Another goal is to reduce the risk of suicide in Veterans during high-risk transitional periods. In additional to direct work with Veterans, the TOC team will collaborate to identify quality improvement, staff education, and system redesign opportunities that will enhance care for Veterans in transition.
  • The incumbent is a professional social worker whose duties and responsibilities center on the care management of Veterans as described. This Senior Social Worker will be a member of the TOC Team at VAMC Hampton but will provide consultation and guidance to colleagues across Mental Health programs, as well as Medical programs at the Hospital.
  • Will be responsible for monitoring clinical dashboards that alert the medical center to Veterans that are transitioning between levels of care. Care management responsibilities include the management, coordination, and provision of social work and supportive services to Veterans and/or their families. The incumbent consults with multiple interdisciplinary teams as needed and is primarily responsible for assessment and completion of the psychosocial assessment. The incumbent is also responsible for active participation in consultation with interdisciplinary treatment team meetings regarding care of Veterans identified. This may include Emergency Department, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, BHIP Outpatient Mental Health clinics, Primary Care, inpatient medical units, Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Inpatient Mental Health, as well as other departments within the medical center. Incumbent is in contact with community organizations that benefit the wellbeing of Veteran which may include care coordination, and patient-centered care planning. Incumbent facilitates groups in the Inpatient Mental Health Unit and provides group psychosocial educational support to Veterans in the Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday,08:00am to 4:30pm
Telework: Not Authorized
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Title/Functional Statement #:Senior Social Worker (Transitions of Care Program)/PD000000
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

**This position is NOT eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP)**

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
12

Requirements

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)


Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/20/2021.
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.
  • English Language Proficiency. Social workers must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Education. 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. To verify that a social work degree meets the accreditation standard for a master of social work, access the CSWE website at http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/organizations.aspx. (Copy of transcript must be submitted).
  • 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. Social work Coordinators must be licensed or certified by a state at the advanced practice level (LCSW or equivalent). (Copy of licensure)
  • PROOF OF LICENSURE AND COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT(S) MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE
Grade Determinations:
GS-12 Senior Social Worker
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. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the professional KSAs below.

1. Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority for services and provide specialized treatment services.

2. Advanced and expert 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 interventions used in the treatment of veterans with polytraumatic injuries, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, visual impairment, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.

3. Advanced knowledge and expert skill 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. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on empirical findings.

4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in the specialty area, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the specialty area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications.

5. Ability to expand clinical knowledge in the profession, demonstrating innovation in the creation of new models of psychosocial assessment or intervention to identify and address specialized clinical needs. Ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines pertaining to the specialty population or specialty treatment program.

References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G39. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 12.

Physical Requirements: Work is sedentary but also demands standing, walking, bending, twisting, typing, and carrying light items.

Education

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . 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: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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
Other

Drug test required
No

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
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


Your resume (Required) (and/or curriculum vitae) must include the following information for each job listed:
    Job title Pay Plan and Grades Held (for Federal positions) Duties (Please be as detailed as possible. We recommend that you include information directly related to the position you are applying to. Good examples of pertinent information can be found in the Duties and Qualifications sections of the announcement. If you have performed any of those duties or have any of that experience, we are looking for that on your resume. We make no assumptions in regards to experience. It has to be on the resume under the position it was performed in at the proper grade level to count towards qualifications. Month & year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008) Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
For example:
  • Supervisory Human Resources Specialist (Employee/Labor Relations)
  • Any VA Healthcare System, Address City, State ZIP
  • Full-Time (40 Hours Per Week)
  • GS-12 Step 2 4/2019 - Present
  • GS-12 Step 1 4/2018 - 4/2019
    • Duty related to the position you are applying to
    • Duty related to the position you are applying to
    • Duty related to the position you are applying to
VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850c-fill.pdf .
*Required at time of application.

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.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • VA Form 10-2850c
  • Other (2)
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • 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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