A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be offered to a Highly Qualified Candidate. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 7/15/2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. The Caregiver Support Social Worker's primary responsibilities are to provide clinical care based services and interventions; program development; caregiver, Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues; community outreach; resource development; continuous quality improvement activities; and evaluation/consultation. In addition, The Social Worker effective partnerships with local, state and federal agencies as well as non-government organizations. The Caregiver Support Social Worker: develops and implements the Caregiver Support Program specific to his or her area of assignment and ensures compliance and collaboration with local facility and the VA Central Office Caregiver Support Program initiatives. administers information and analytical systems to evaluate and enhance the quality of service provided to caregivers, families and Veterans. participates in direct caregiver and Veteran contacts to identify and assess caregiver stress/burden and the development and application of directed clinical treatment interventions. advises and collaborates with interdisciplinary teams throughout the medical center on caregiver issues. provides education and in-service training to VAMC employees, Veterans, families and caregivers. provides ongoing consultation and support to colleagues regarding caregiver support. provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. conducts caregiver and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of caregiver stress, psychiatric illness, emotional distress and social needs as treatment issues. provides referral to VA medical and mental health treatment and to other VA services including VA benefits, as well as community-based social services and other non-VA entitlement programs. serves as the major consultant for information on negotiating the complex processes caregivers, Veterans and families encounter when interacting with government and community agencies. collaborates with the patient aligned care team, mental health and geriatric primary care clinicians to provide Veteran and staff education on caregiver issues. Coordination will include hands-on support group work involvement, and training of patient aligned care team clinical social work staff in the development and facilitation of such groups. develops a library of caregiver support information material for distribution through the various inpatient/outpatient and specialty clinic settings. serves as a liaison between the VA and community agencies. participates in caregiver support activities in the local community and state to promote and recognize the role of the caregiver. participates on state and local caregiver support committees. develops and fosters relationships with community partners to assist with system navigation, maintain collaboration and coordinate services. promotes the VA Caregiver Support Program in coordination with the local VA Public Affairs Officer through interviews with local print, voice and television media. maintains basic knowledge of local VA medical center programs, community services and VA Central Office caregiver support initiatives. maintains knowledge of current federal and state legislation related to caregiver initiatives. assists in coordination of outreach events and programs that include, resource fairs, summits, educational sessions, caregiver recognition events and caregiver support programs. assists in data monitoring to measure the efficacy of the program. assists the Program Manager/Coordinator through collecting, analyzing, and reporting program data to local management, VISN Caregiver Support Coordinator Lead and the National Caregiver Support Program, Care Management and Social Work Service, Office of Patient Care Services. performs a wide range of services and provides technical assistance to state, local, and private agencies, and universities. Technical assistance provided is based on monitoring activities and program reviews, and the development and analysis of information. performs program analysis, development, review, research, design, and contact work as possible with various agencies (public, DOD, state). uses word processing software to execute several office automation functions such as storing and retrieving electronic documents and files; activating printers; inserting and deleting text, formatting letters, reports, and memoranda; and transmitting and receiving email. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Hours may vary based on need). 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.