Senior Social Worker (HUD/VASH) - Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Miami, Florida
Internal Number: 615584400
The Senior Social Worker HUD-VASH Social Worker /SUD Specialist is a clinical professional who is responsible for providing expert guidance on Substance Use Disorder (SUD) to the HUD-VASH team, to other providers in the VA medical facility, and in the community. The SUD Specialist also provides assessments and treatment to certain high-risk Veterans who are using substances and provides support and after-care to Veterans who have achieved sobriety. The HUD-VASH Program requires continuous coordination with the community's homeless providers and coalitions as well as with other local, state, and federal agencies. In 1992 the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) established the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. The program is a collaborative effort, supported through HUD Section 8 rental assistance vouchers. The primary goal of HUD-VASH is to move Veterans and their families out of chronic homelessness. A primary component of the program is VA case management services which are designed to improve Veteran's health and mental health, and to enhance their ability to remain stable, housed, and community-integrated. The Senior Social Worker HUD-VASH SUD Specialist serves Veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack family or adequate community support network, are poor at self-monitoring, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychosocial support. Functions include, but are not limited to: Performs work in a wide range of settings, including within the clinic, in veteran homes, in community-based settings or in transport vehicles. Independently conducts home visits and community visits to maintain and encourage community living. Work requires regular and recurring periods of standing, walking, lifting and accessing transportation, and driving a government car or van. Use professional judgment, including knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, is an inherent competency applied in daily interactions with Veterans. Regularly treats Veterans with serious medical and psychiatric problems through case management and or referral. Responsible for assessment, identification, facilitation and referral to appropriate medical and psychiatric services to those Veterans identified as appropriate for the HUD-VASH program and provides specialized Substance Use Disorder (SUD) interventions to Veterans participating in the program. Reviews all data, subjective and objective and makes a clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Based on the psychosocial assessment, uses professional judgment and advanced practice skills to make a psychosocial diagnosis. Find suitable means of treatment to help Veterans cope with stressful situations 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. Develop psychosocial 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 and makes adjustments to the treatment plan and interventions based on changing needs and response to interventions. Provide referral to VA medical and mental health inpatient and outpatient treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. Consults with other specialists in planning treatment for Veterans with co-morbidities and facilitates community organization, and outreach to alleviate problems that interfere with the participants' ability to achieve independence. Maintains current and productive network of referral resources and makes provision for referral services from other agencies, community resources and other governmental agencies to assist veterans with resolving problems or support continued transition to independence. Demonstrate acceptance, interest, and encouragement and includes the Veteran in their course of treatment. Utilizes methods and techniques to maintain a therapeutic relationship that recognizes the value of the Veterans' input in their care. Meets Veterans to assess accomplishments, re-establish goals, monitor progress, and maintains comprehensive documentation, ensures expert diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders, and shows competent discretion in decision to adjust treatment. Establish a continuing relationship with the Veteran, evaluating progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as appropriate. Provides direct mental health and substance abuse services for Veterans and family members or significant others in support of the Veteran's treatment. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm; occasional weekend and holiday required. Position Title/Functional Statement #: Senior Social Worker (HUD/VASH) - Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist/PD000000 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.