The Fayetteville Homeless Outreach Social Worker provides outreach services to Homeless Veterans. The Social Worker is responsible for outreach services to homeless Veterans in communities and rural areas distant from the Medical Center. Assignments involve providing continuing social work services at a field location alone or with subordinate social work staff members without a supervisor available for consultation. Responsible for independent professional functioning and regularly works with a variety of complex cases within the assigned areas including selection of cases and determination of priorities based on assessment of the patient, family and program needs, requesting consultation in unusually difficult situations and problematical decisions Responsible for providing care to veterans that may have frequent and severe crises and lack a family or community support network, may be poor at self-monitoring, and frequently fail to comply with medical or legal instructions, and may have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional support Makes independent professional decisions and recommendations with infrequent recourse to supervisory guidance Plans, develops and maintains a network of relationships with community resources and other advocates for the homeless to effectively screen and identify veteran members of the homeless population The Outreach Social Worker is responsible for making VA or community based referrals, advocating for scarce resources, confirming referrals are completed and providing intensive follow-up and coordination with these agencies Interviews potential clients, interprets VHA guidelines and eligibility requirements and completes a psychosocial history and assessment Initiates eligibility determination and forwards to VA eligibility staff members; establishes an initial assessment at the time of the first visit Utilizing known available resources and the initial assessment, makes initial and continuing decisions regarding the services available and referrals needed Documents the patient assessment and all treatment plans in accordance with the requirements of Medical Center policy and requirements of various accrediting bodies Provides clinical services to clients Provides guidance, emotional support and other assistance; involves clients in individual or group counseling Makes provision for referral services to other agency organizations, community resources, or other Governmental resources to resolve problems Routinely uses highly developed professional skills to motivate dysfunctional clients to resume more effective control of their own life Employs casework methods and techniques to maintain a therapeutic relationship that will help the client work towards the best way of dealing with his/her problems Establishes a continuing relationship with the client, evaluates progress towards goals, performs follow-up after referral and adjusts treatment plan when needed Monitors client's progress, maintains comprehensive case documentation, including NEPEC documentation, and shows competent discretion in the decision to adjust treatment Explains client's treatment and progress towards rehabilitation to third parties with jurisdiction and remains unbiased in the presentation even though consequences are far-reaching and potentially permanent Demonstrates an understanding of the range of treatment and skills needed for all adult patients including geriatric patients related to their physical limitations, psychological needs and age associated illnesses and conditions Contributes to policy formulation and participates in establishing procedures within the assigned service area May be assigned supervisory responsibility for one or more student trainees Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm (Some evenings and weekends may apply) 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.