This is an OPEN CONTINOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis. Applicants will be reviewed on a weekly basis, as long as vacancies exist. This Job Opportunity is being announced as both a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and a Social Worker. This vacancy can be filled by either a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor or Social Worker. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not meet this requirement until the School of Social Work is fully accredited. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree in social work. Verification of the degree can be made by going to http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation to verify that the social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a masters of social work. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-0185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to independently practice social work at the master's degree level. Current state requirements may be found by going to http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/T38Hybrid/. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. English Language Proficiency. Candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38 U.S.C. § 7403(f). May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12 Experience and Education. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Candidate may have certification or other post-master's degree training from a nationally recognized professional organization or university that includes a defined curriculum/course of study and internship, or equivalent supervised professional experience. Licensure/Certification. Individuals assigned as social worker program coordinator must be licensed or certified at the advanced practice level,and must be able to provide supervision for licensure. Documentation is required if part of your state's requirements for providing supervision for licensure is beyond your licensure only (example: certification of continuing education credits). Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: (document with written demonstration of KSAs must be included with application, see required documents section): Knowledge of program coordination and administration which includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring. Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the program. Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s). Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance within clinical practice. References: VA Handbook 5005/120 Part II Appendix G39 September 10, 2019 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of a GS-12. Physical Requirements: Daily intermittent walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, and carrying of lightweight items required. Rigid deadlines and need for high degree of accuracy periodically becomes stressful. Community visits may require the ability to drive a vehicle. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. The Serious Mental Illness Program Coordinator and Case Manager (SMI-C) is a Program Coordinator whose primary responsibilities are to provide clinical evidence based services and interventions; program development; Veteran and staff education on mental health; resource development; continuous quality improvement activities; and evaluation/consultation. Duties include but are not limited to the following: Develops and implements the SMI specific to his/her area of assignment and insures compliance and collaboration with local facility and the VA Central Office Program directive and initiatives. Administers information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to Veterans. Develops and implements information systems to track service activities including visits, referrals, demographics, and Veteran satisfaction. Develops implements and evaluates clinical guidelines and protocols to establish appropriate utilization of services. Manages a full clinical workload including psychosocial/diagnostic assessment which includes diagnoses, interventions and treatment plans. Provides therapeutic interventions that are consistent with the psychosocial assessment. These include but are not limited to case coordination services, individual/group/family counseling, financial assessment, planning and intervention, crisis intervention, resource referral, continuity of care planning, client/family education and advocacy and quality improvement. Incumbent demonstrates the ability to conceptualize, communicate, prescribe and provide intervention to patient and/or family. Incumbent ensures continuity of patient care in the development and implementation of the plan of care. Incumbent will be responsible for the recovery and rehabilitation-oriented programs focused on Veterans with an SMI and general Mental Health diagnosis Creates educational tools, develops programs and implements training focused on SMI and general mental health needs/issues. Participates in a rotation of on-call social workers for Emergency Department. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Ad Hoc Emergency Telework May Be Authorized Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation Incentive: May be Authorized for Highly Qualified Candidates Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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