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This position is responsible for maximizing psychosocial quality
of life issues by assisting veterans with an option of long term
care that is less restrictive than a nursing home and that
decreases their need for hospitalization. Serves veterans who have
serious crises, lack family/adequate community support.
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The duties of the Medical Foster Home Program Coordinator in
Home Health Care Service include but are not limited to:
- Providing oversight and coordination of the CAVHS Medical
Foster Home program. The incumbent is in charge of program
development, recruitment, and development of the foster homes,
recruitment and placement of veteran residents, case management,
development of policies and care processes, and coordination with
HBPC interdisciplinary treatment teams.
- Selecting of homes and residents, establishing intake
processes, oversight responsibilities, and maintaining a
record-keeping system for the program.
- Marketing the model of care and provides outreach to community
groups and agencies to promote the foster care program. Incumbent
serves as a mentor to other VA MFH coordinators, social workers,
and other interested health care providers.
- Providing education to caregivers, students, residents, interns
and fellows from other disciplines regarding the advantages and
disadvantages of a medical foster home.
- Assisting physically disabled veterans. Day-to-day work
involves sitting, walking, standing and carrying light objects,
such as medical records. Work is typically performed in a clinical
setting that exposes the incumbent to the communicable diseases
common of the client population. Some work is performed outside the
medical center campus, where the environment cannot be
- Receives and completes consults from interdisciplinary teams
and social workers on complex, difficult cases, using advanced
practice skills and expertise. Incumbent also provides consultation
to referral sources and is responsible for development and
maintenance of professional standards of practice and educating
others regarding such.
- Interviews and conducts psychosocial assessments. The social
worker interprets and explains VA treatment and benefit
- Develops an assessment of the veteran in collaboration with the
interdisciplinary treatment teams, the veteran, family members and
significant others, whenever possible. The assessment will include
a home visit. It is the responsibility of the social worker,
working within the interdisciplinary treatment teams to develop a
treatment plan with the veteran based on this assessment.
- Reviews all data, subjective and objective, and makes a
clinical assessment, identifying needs and strengths. Uses advanced
clinical training, insight and experience to interpret data and to
identify viable treatment options.
- Develops psychosocial treatment plans in collaboration with
HBPC interdisciplinary team, including goals for psychosocial
clinical treatment. Using known available resources and the initial
assessment of the veteran's likelihood to accept differing types of
assistance, makes initial and continuing decisions regarding use of
VA and non-VA services and referrals.
Evaluation and Management:
- Establishes a continuing relationship with the foster home
caregiver and veteran, and involved family members, evaluating
progress towards goals and adjusting the treatment plan as
appropriate. Meets with medical foster home caregiver, veteran
and/or family members to assess accomplishments and re-establish
goals. The incumbent monitors 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.
- Provide the patient and/or caregivers and family members with
ongoing supportive counseling. The purpose of such counseling is to
deal with the psychosocial impact of coping with chronic/disabling
illnesses, onset of a catastrophic illness and or dying; need for
non-institutional or institutional services as needed during the
course of the patient's enrollment in HBPC. The incumbent will
assist patient/and/or caregivers in coping and dealing with the
loss and grief experienced in chronic illness, terminal illness and
- Act as an advocate when it serves the best interest of the
veteran/family. The MFH also acts as an advocate for the VA and
need for services in specific geographical areas. At all times the
incumbent will represent the VA in the community in a positive and
- Experienced in making rapid assessments and developing crisis
management plans to maintain the veteran in a medical foster home.
In the event of an alleged abuse case, medical or psychiatric
emergency, the protocol of the HHCS and/or medical center policy
will be followed. Incumbent ensures the interdisciplinary team is
kept informed of any concerns with the patient and/or
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
0185 Social Work
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Must be proficient in written and spoken English
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
- United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed
when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance
with VA Policy.
- English Language Proficiency: Candidates must be proficient in
spoken and written English to be appointed as authorized by 38
- 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/.
Preferred Experience: Home Care and/or Geriatric Outpatient
Social Worker (Program Coordinator), GS-12
Experience and Education: One year of experience equivalent to
the GS-11 grade level. Examples of creditable experience include
but not limited to assessing and documenting identified behaviors
or symptoms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or intimate partner
violence, advocate with appropriate VA and community service
providers and agencies, independently assesses the psychosocial
functioning and needs of Veterans and their family members,
collaborate with the Veteran, family/caregiver, and
interdisciplinary treatment team to facilitate the delivery of
health care services, conducts assessment and provides specific
interventions, incorporates complex multiple causation in
differential diagnosis and treatment of Veterans, including making
psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses, independently formulate,
provide a range of interventions and treatment modalities and
implement a treatment plan. 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
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to
the experience above, candidates must demonstrate all of the
(a) Knowledge of program coordination and administration which
includes consultation, negotiation, and monitoring.
(b) Knowledge and ability to write policies, procedures, and/or
practice guidelines for the program.
(c) Ability to supervise multidisciplinary staff assigned to the
(d) Skill in organizing work, setting priorities, meeting
multiple deadlines, and evaluating assigned program area(s).
(e) Ability to provide training, orientation, and guidance
within clinical practice.
References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II Appendix G39, Social
Worker Qualification Standard dated September 10, 2019. This can be
found in the local Human Resources Office.
The level of this vacancy is GS-12.
Physical Requirements: The work requires moderate lifting (45
pounds and over), light carrying (under 15 pounds), use of fingers,
walking (~2 hours), near and far vision (correctable with lens),
hearing (aid permitted), and mental and emotional stability.
Environmental factors may include working outside and inside,
working closely with others. (See VA Directive and Handbook 5019,
Employee Occupational Health Services.)
IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application
if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities,
schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal
employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
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.
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VHA Health Professions Trainee (HPT): VHA HPTs pending the
completion of education or certification/licensure requirements may
be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all
requirements are met. NOTE: This applies to current/past/upcoming
VHA HPTs only. An HPT is an individual appointed to a temporary
position in one or more VHA medical facilities performing clinical
or research training experiences to satisfy program or degree
requirements or receiving VA Health Professional Scholarship
Program. HPTs can be either VA-paid or Without Compensation