The incumbent functions independently as a Case Manager for the Homeless Veterans Program's HUD-VASH Program, a collaborative effort supported through rental assistance vouchers and VA's services. The incumbent is responsible for program implementation and ongoing contact with local Public Housing Agencies and providing case management-based services to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with the VA, community health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless population. A RECRUITMENT INCENTIVE HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR THIS POSITION AND IS AUTHORIZED FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. Major duties include, but are not limited to the following: Responsible for assessment, identification, facilitation and referral to appropriate medical and psychiatric services to veterans identified as appropriate for the HUD-VASH program. Evaluates situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrives at a reasonable conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and prioritization for admission. Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary plan, performs an assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness which may also include, catastrophic medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other high risks diagnoses. Reviews all data, subjective and objective and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Provides referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other services, including benefits, as well as community-based social services and non-VA entitlement programs.. On an outpatient basis, finds a suitable means of treatment to help veterans cope with stressful situations. Treatment is aimed at supporting veterans from homelessness to independent housing, in some situation (programs) supporting veterans in education, and employment as they work to end their homelessness. Develops mental health recovery treatment plans, actively involving the veteran and their family or significant others, in coordination with interdisciplinary team members, based on the psychosocial assessments, including goals for clinical treatment. Makes adjustments to the psychosocial treatment plan and interventions based on changing needs and response to interventions. Initiates and effects changes in methods and interventions to promote efficient practice and improve patient outcomes. Effectively uses professional skills, objectivity, and insight. In cases of antagonistic, indifferent, or evasive veterans and their significant others, deals constructively with both positive and negative reactions, understand disparate values, and reaches veterans and families from different social and ethnic groups. Develops working relationships and agreements with other organizations having responsibilities for the same patient population. Regularly treats veterans with serious medical and psychiatric problems through case management and or referral. Establishes a continuing relationship with the veteran, evaluating progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate. Meets with veteran to assess accomplishments and re-establish goals. Monitors veteran's progress, maintains comprehensive documentation, ensures expert diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders, and shows competent discretion in decision to adjust treatment. Makes recommendations for care and changes to interdisciplinary treatment plan. Provides direct mental health and substance abuse services for veterans and family members or significant others in support of the veteran's treatment. Assists and provides resources to Veteran in locating apartments that are in compliance with Section 8 guidelines. Working with landlords, community agencies, and Public Housing Authority to overcome barriers for Veteran's maintaining stable housing. The incumbent provides on call social work services on a rotation basis on weekends and holidays to accommodate veteran needs. Receives and completes consults requesting services from interdisciplinary team members and from other mental health professional on complex, difficult cases, using sound social work practice skills and expertise. Modifies services to best meet treatment needs of veterans and to promote efficient practice and coordinates with other services offered in the treatment program, assuring such services are complementary and comprehensive. Offers veterans and family members or significant others educational services and takes responsibilities for identifying the health education needs of veterans and working with interdisciplinary team members on a plan to address those needs. Actively participates in and attends National Health Care for Homeless Veterans Conference Calls. Works with multi-disciplinary teams and community agencies to strive for developing effective and efficient ways of delivering services to homeless veterans both at Central Iowa VA Health Care System, and in the community. Regularly conducts and participants in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and "on the streets," as well as those referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm Telework: Not Available Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Approved for highly qualified candidates 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.