This position is assigned to the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program which includes Grant and Per Diem (GPD), Contract Residential Housing, and Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) at the Mann-Grandstaff VAMC in Spokane, WA. Incumbent provides outreach services in remote areas of North Idaho, NW Montana and Northeast Washington to the local community and at Stand Down events in rural and remote areas. Duties include but not limited to: Serve as an active member of homeless multidisciplinary treatment team. Licensed professional staff on the team develop, implement and update client specific individualized and recovery-oriented treatment plans with all Veterans seeking care in the various homeless programs. As an active team member this position implements these treatment plans which are specifically directed toward the homeless and at risk homeless Veterans and their families. Provide direct outreach services to areas where homeless persons congregate; including the street, remote campsites, homeless camps under the freeway most of which are often not suitable for human habitat. Identification and assessment of homeless Veterans, overseeing and facilitating the implementation of the interventions and treatment plans, coordinating the necessary resources with and on behalf of the Veteran client and their family in order to address the established goals. Participate in community team meetings regarding services throughout the Homeless Continuum of Care. Participate in the multidisciplinary treatment team communication process preparing assessments, progress notes, discharge and/or transfer summaries as needed Utilize the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS) to coordinate care with community partners. Maintain appropriate records utilizing computer-based technologies according to prescribed standards and collects and maintains required statistical information. Participation in on-going quality improvement activities is also required. Provide supportive counseling, skill training and education, advocacy, and referral assistance for Veterans experiencing difficulties with a variety of social, environmental and mental health issues. Facilitate utilization of resources by assessing eligibility and making appropriate referrals to a variety of VA resources and community agencies for assistance with social, emotion, financial, and physical problems. Provide assistance as needed with applications for benefits or negotiating service systems. Assigned as the primary POC for various Stand Down events throughout the region assisting with event coordination and logistics, including ordering of military surplus gear for each event. Perform other administrative duties as assigned. Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday Compressed/Flexible: Not Available. Telework: May be available at management discretion. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Social Science Program Specialist/PD70497A and PD70498-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required. Physical Requirements: The incumbent must be able to travel in the local community to provide outreach services, and some overnight travel to remote parts of the designated catchment area will be required. Lifting and carrying of light items is required, less than 15 pounds, such as binders, charts and reports. Driving a vehicle is required, and transportation of Veterans may be needed at times. Some outreach to areas such as homeless camps will also be required. Work Environment: Work activity occurs primarily in at the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Service Center. There will also be outreach to various shelters, soup kitchens, churches, and public and private agencies. There will be episodes of exposure to contagious diseases, acutely ill (medical or psychiatric) veterans, and limited exposure to the elements. The incumbent will receive regular training regarding infectious diseases and some limited emergency treatment in case of exposure.
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.