Social Worker (HCHV SUD)
Department Of Veterans Affairs - Wilmington, DE

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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 824338

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U. S. Citizenship

Must Provide Emergency Room on-call rotation

Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required

1. General Description :
The social worker is the Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist for Homeless Programs. This position provides case management and intervention support to the Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program in a team oriented, recovery-based program. The (SUD) Specialist supports the HCHV Program by providing continuity of care between Homeless Programs through services to Veterans with SUDs as they transition from programs such as Domiciliary or Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (RRTPs), Health Care for Homeless Veterans Contracted Housing, and Grant Per Diem Programs to HUD-VASH. The social worker provides on-going substance use case management and early treatment interventions to promote sustained stability and abstinence in HCHV and the other Homeless programs. Veterans in these programs are frequently homeless due to their SUD activities, so providing SUD treatment support and early intervention promotes recovery, improved quality of life and successful permanent housing. These Veterans are frequently also diagnosed with co-occurring mental health, physical health and social problems that require particular skill in early intervention and crisis management. The social worker must be able to develop appropriate professional relationships with the Veterans and meet the Veteran where he or she is ready to engage in treatment. The social worker also will need to develop liaison relationships with more acute treatment providers/ programs, such as an Intensive Outpatient Program. The social worker will provide appropriate group and individual case management and treatment.

2. Functions :
A. Provides direct SUD services for Homeless programs in the Downtown CBOC.

B. Provides Outreach services for homeless Veterans in the community.

C. Provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in areas related to SUD assessment, anger management, and life skills and SUD with co-occurring disorders.

D. Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others. Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnoses of SUD.

E. Provides all necessary assessment functions, e.g. interviewing, psychosocial histories, and SUD assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans.

F. Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework.

G. Works with the Veteran to realize the Veteran’s treatment goals, and reassesses and revises goals as indicated by the Veteran’s engagement in treatment.

H. Organizes and conducts individual and group case management and SUD treatment, to include early interventions and supportive follow-up to ensure stability in home visits and facility-based contacts.

I. Provides SUD support to the Homeless program teams as a functional team member, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits, when indicated by suspicion of Homeless program participant SUD use.

J. Will serve as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team.

K. Will develop partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication.

L. Will provide liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans to Homeless programs to ensure continuity of care and promote successful transition of Veterans from one program to another.

M. Will provide consultative services to Homeless programs, as needed.

N. Will participate in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with other members of the Homeless Programs.

O. Will provide appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans.

P. Will be responsible for the collection of statistical data and for reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans.

Q. Provides recovery -oriented treatment with the goal of establishing the Veteran independently in the community at the Veteran’s highest level of functioning and quality of life.

R. Organize and facilitate, in coordination with other HCHV staff, the Annual Homeless Summit and Stand downs for both NJ and Delaware.

S. Completion and participation in the Synchronized Plan and facility goals to end homelessness within a few years.

T. The incumbent will participate in a rotation of on-call social workers, including modification of tour of duty to accommodate patient care needs on weekends

3. Knowledge Required by the Position

A. Basic knowledge of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex physical or mental illness. Specifically, the incumbent has the experience and training required to perform assessments and evaluations, treatment plans, case management and SUD treatment, and interventions for early assistance in treating relapse in homeless Veterans with SUD and co-occurring disorder histories.

B. Ability to administer structured interviews and assessments with a wide variety of patient populations, particularly Homeless Veteran populations with SUD who are also Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) Veterans, Women Veterans, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF/ OIF) Veterans, elderly Veterans and /or Veterans with families.

C. Basic knowledge and, under supervision, ability to implement a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities used in providing individual and group treatment interventions to patients presenting with a wide variety of mental health and psychosocial issues such as those diagnoses found in the DSM IV, and particularly SMI (including PTSD), Dual Diagnosis, personality disorders, substance abuse, and issues arising from homelessness.

D. Basic knowledge and, under supervision, ability to develop and implement methods for measuring effectiveness of social work practice and services with homeless Veterans with SUD and co-occurring disorder histories. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling or psychotherapy and psychosocial and/or case management interventions.

E. Basic knowledge and, under supervision, ability to write policies, procedures and/or practice guidelines pertaining to homeless Veterans with SUD and co-occurring disorder histories and be skilled in the recording of detailed behavioral observations and the writing of progress notes and reassessment reports.

F. Basic knowledge of computerized processing operations and procedures and is competent in word processing, data management programs and other relevant computer applications.

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • Education: Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) or equivalent from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). NO OTHER DEGREE IS SUBSTITUTABLE.
  • Licensure: Persons hired at this grade level must be licensed or certified by a state at an advanced practice level which included an ASWB advanced generalist or clinical examination.
  • Position requires frequent travel requiring candidates to possess a valid, unrestricted driver's license.
  • CADC preferred .
Specialized Experience at the GS-11 level: A Social Worker Coordinator has experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment. At least one (1) year should be in an area of specialized social work or equivalent practice. This experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics associated with current professional social work practice. The experience or education must be post-MSW degree. Experience and education satisfying this requirement must be active professional practice, which is paid/non-paid employment as a professional social worker, as defined by the appropriate state licensing board.

Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it is obtained following graduation with a master's degree in social work and if it includes work as a professional social worker directly related to the position to be filled. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to social work experience at the next lower level.

In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the candidate must demonstrate the following professional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) in subparagraph (b) below within their application package.

1. Knowledge of community resources, how to make appropriate referrals to community and other governmental agencies for services, and ability to coordinate services.

2. Ability to independently assess the psycosocial functioning and needs of patients and their family members and to formulate and implement a treatment plan, identifying the patient's problems, strengths, weaknesses, coping skills and assistance needed, in collaboration with the patient, family and interdisciplinary treatment team.

3. Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diversified backgrounds. This requires knowledge of human development and behavior (physical and psychological) and the differential influences of the environment, society and culture.

4. Knowledge and experience in the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disbilities and treatment procedures. This includes acute, chronic and traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects, and medical terminology.

5. Ability to provide consultation and guidance within clinical specialization of practice.


References : Input applicable reference and links. For example: VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix G39, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 available in the local Human Resources Office and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at . ]

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

*** If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. ***

Veterans' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

You will be evaluated on Performance Based Interviews, which is a selection process that uses interviewing techniques to ask job applicants questions about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics they have that are important in order for them to do a good job. The following website contains information for those preparing for interviews: .

Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.

Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon completing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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