This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Mental Health Intensive Case Management (MHICM) Program serves veterans with severe chronic mental illness. Services are recovery-oriented and are primarily delivered to veterans in the community. These services are delivered by an integrated, multidisciplinary team with a focus on a high intensity of care, crisis prevention and management, flexibility, and community-oriented setting. Further, MHICM focuses on rehabilitation through practical problem solving, crisis resolution, and adaptive skills building, with transition to self-care and independent living where possible. Specific duties for the Senior Social Worker (MHICM) include, but are not limited to, the following: Administer information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to patients. May help develop and implement information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction. Develops, implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. The incumbent employee consults with other MHICM employees performing work at various GS levels up to their own grade and provides administrative, technical and clinical consultation necessary for accomplishing the work of the program. Helps to develop and implements information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, inpatient days, patient demographics, equipment utilization and patient satisfaction. The Senior Social Worker is assigned administrative responsibility for clinical program development and is accountable for clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. The incumbent is responsible for furthering the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to assure the accomplishment of affirmative action objectives and by adhering to nondiscriminatory practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, and affirmative action in the following areas: fair treatment of all colleagues; encouragement and recognition of employee/colleagues achievements. Responsible to help with the daily work assignment of team members, as well as help with the administrative functions relative to the MHICM staff. Performs work related to the review, monitoring, analysis, planning and assessment of the program. Responsible for key project activities related to the planning, development, and implementation of the program's components. A substantial portion of the workload directed by this position is carried out at one or more locations that are physically removed from the main unit under conditions that make day-to-day supervision difficult to administer. Offers consultation to the Care Line administrative and supervisory staff, colleagues and students on the clinical, case management and recovery-oriented applications for severely mentally ill patients, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective social work practice skills. Demonstrates the ability to teach and mentor staff and students in the special area of practice and to provide supervision for licensure or specialty certifications. Coordinates and administrates the monitoring and reporting of research data and statistics to the Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC). This includes interviews, data collection, monthly caseload reports, and submission of annual reports on the development, workload, and costs of the program. Helps ensures the MHICM program maintains fidelity to the MHICM operating principles and evidence-based clinical procedures per the current VHA Directive. Helps ensure that the MHICM team meets the VA national performance measure(s). The Senior Social Worker is expected to be able to work independently, and to evaluate their own practice, through peer review, case conferences and other organizational means. Incumbent is able to communicate effectively, both orally, and in writing with VA staff members, veterans and community members from varied backgrounds. The Senior Social Worker is also expected to carry a caseload as well as providing social work services to veterans enrolled in MHICM. This may include screening, crisis intervention, on-call services, case management, individual, group and family therapy, family interventions as needed, home visits, hospital visits, and assisting veterans with medical appointments and discharge planning. It may include assisting veterans with transportation issues at times, making referrals to community agencies and services, and identifying and providing case management and therapy services to high risk veterans. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM 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.