The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) Social Worker VJO Program Coordinator at the Rocky Mountain VA Medical Center, in Aurora, Colorado. You will be required to operate a Government Vehicle. The Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) Coordinator is a Social Work Coordinator whose primary responsibilities are to provide clinical evidence-based services and interventions; program development; Veteran and staff education on justice issues; community outreach; resource development; continuous quality improvement activities; and evaluation/consultation. In addition, the incumbent must be a skilled communicator capable of developing effective partnerships with local, state and federal agencies as well as non-governmental organizations. Administratively responsible for the clinical programming and daily operations of the program. Develops policies and procedures for program operation and prepares reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. The incumbent may be responsible for the program's budget and various control points assigned to the program within the assigned areas. The incumbent manages and controls the use of data related to these programs regarding day to day functioning and program evaluation. In conjunction with the Section Chief of Homeless Programs, the incumbent plans, organizes and directs administrative, operational, Veteran and personnel activities for the program. The VJO Coordinator has experience that demonstrates the advanced practice skill level in social work. The incumbent must be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed by a state to practice at the advanced practice level and has at least one-year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. The incumbent will function in support of Veterans involved in the justice system, within the medical center and in community settings (including local community justice system). Incumbent is required to have a valid driver's license and must meet VA requirements to drive a government vehicle. Travel within the Eastern Colorado Healthcare System catchment area is required. Must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics. FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES The incumbent Veterans Justice Outreach Program Coordinator's duties include: Ensure that eligible Veterans in contact with the local criminal justice system have access to VHA mental health and substance abuse services when clinically indicated and other VA services and benefits (as appropriate). Help identify eligible Veterans by assisting Veteran in completion of forms regarding VA eligibility (DD 214) and enrollment (10-10EZ) and other forms including application for benefits through VBA. Work with communities developing Veteran treatment courts to educate on best practices and assist in start-up activities. This will involve navigation of political concerns, and decisions on allocating resources to competing courts. Assist the local criminal justice system with helping Veterans engage the VA medical system for needed services upon re-entry into the community. Develop an information release process for communication of Veteran's health care, medication, and diagnostic information from the VA to the criminal justice system. Intervene at intercept points to move Veterans away from the justice system into appropriate treatment. Promote positive community adjustment through connection to VA and community resources to avoid further criminal behavior. Provide or coordinate training for law enforcement personnel (including VA Police) on Veteran specific issues, including PTSD and TBI. Provide mental health assessments, treatment planning and referrals to VA and community services. Work with courts, law enforcement and other applicable institutions to report and ensure Veteran's compliance with recommended treatment requirements. Provide outreach and education to inform and assist the Veteran, legal defenders, judges, VA clinical staff, and other VJO Coordinators of the benefits and limitation of care with the Veterans Justice Outreach Program. Responsible for direct outreach, assessment, and case management for justice involved Veterans in local courts and jails, and liaison with local justice system partners. The incumbent may transport Veterans in government vehicles in support of Meeting the goals identified in the Veteran's treatment plan. Function as a member of court treatment teams using interventions appropriate for the justice-involved Veteran population and refer and link Veterans to appropriate VA and non-VA services. Participate in program monitoring and evaluation activity conducted by NEPEC according to implementation metrics. 16. Position functions under the auspices of the Homeless Program under Mental Health Service. The incumbent supervises professional social work staff at the GS 12 grades. Veterans Justice Outreach Specialist supervisees are stationed in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, CO. Performs other related duties as assigned. Compressed Schedule: Authorized Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm or 7:30am - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework: Authorized
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