The Post 9/11 Military2VA (M2VA) Case Management Program's Social Work Case Manager provides comprehensive social work service to Post 9/11 transitioning and established Service members and Veterans (SM/Vs) and their families across the continuum of care and during the various phases of readjustment to civilian life. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-11 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Basic Requirements: Citizenship: Be a citizen of the United States. 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. Licensure: Must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). Grade Determination: GS-11 Social Worker Specialized Experience: Appointment to the GS-11 grade level requires completion of a minimum of one year of post-MSW experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the field of health care or other social work-related settings. OR Education: In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required one year of professional social work experience in a clinical setting. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (a) Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services. (b) Skill in independently conducting psychosocial assessments and treatment interventions to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. (c) Knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures (i.e. acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology) to formulate a treatment plan. (d) Skill in independently implementing different treatment modalities in working with individuals, families, and groups who are experiencing a variety of psychiatric, medical, and social problems to achieve treatment goals. (e) Ability to provide consultation services to new social workers, social work graduate students, and other staff about the psychosocial needs of patients and the impact of psychosocial problems on health care and compliance with treatment. Licensure: GS-11 - Must have a license or certification in a state at the independent practice level. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-11. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 ["Independently provides an array of social work interventions including: high-risk screening, psychosocial assessments, treatment planning, resource education and referral, and case management Ensures the transition of care of Veterans and Active Duty Service members, from the DoD Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) and Warrior Transition Units (WTU) to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is safe and continuous Supports the Veteran, the Veteran's family, and the Veteran's Caregiver's and coordinates health needs across agencies, sites and unique episodes of care in order to optimize service delivery, improve quality of care, and enhance both patient experiences and outcomes Performs clinical interventions and case management services, in collaboration with the other members of the Post 9/11 Program, and with guidance from the Interdisciplinary Care Management Review Team (IDCMRT) in order to meet the biological, psychological, and environmental needs of SM/Vs through a well-developed Inter-Agency Comprehensive Plan (ICP) Check Exhibits a high level of skill and expertise in the work with patients and families who are experiencing a wide range of complicated mental, emotional, behavioral, physical, psychosocial, and environmental problems Possesses knowledge of medical and mental health diagnoses (included but not limited to amputation, burns, vision loss, TBI, PTSD, and the Adjustment/Anxiety/Mood disorders) as well as, insight into the needs of and services required for individuals with these conditions and the skills to implement treatment modalities Utilizes the social work process (psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and treatment) in collaboration with interdisciplinary team members to develop holistic case management plans and psychosocial interventions Evaluates the need for mental health services and makes appropriate referrals for individual, group, marital and family treatment services Participates fully in developing, planning, implementing and evaluating the ICP Checklist, including periodic updates. In addition uploads patients' established case management contact plans into the Care Management Tracking Referral Application (CMTR) Coordinates care with interdisciplinary team to promote continuity for Post 9/11 SM/Vs and their families Researches, develops maintains and uses appropriate community resources Serves as an advocate for Post 9/11 SM/Vs and their families, helping them access needed services at the facility, at other VA facilities, and in the community In addition to the clinical and case management responsibilities, the incumbent assists with the public affairs component of the Post 9/11 Program's national mission through outreach Assists Post 9/11 SM/Vs and their families with advance directives, guardianships, and applications for home care and extended care services Participates in the orientation, training, and teaching of social work graduate students and other trainees and staff Supports the mission, policies, and procedures of VA, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the appropriate Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), and the facility Conducts and/or participates in research and/or program evaluation as appropriate Serves on committees, work groups, and task forces at the facility, VISN, and/or VA Central Office levels Keeps supervisor apprised of problems and recommended solutions to problems encountered in the incumbent's area of responsibility Participates in IDCMRT meetings, appropriate facility meetings, and Social Work meetings Complies with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program and safety policies and procedures Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm\nFinancial 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.