The VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System is recruiting for a Senior Social Worker. The Senior Social Worker will function in Social Work Service. The Justice Outreach Social Worker is a Senior Social Worker whose primary responsibilities are to provide intensive case management services, continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, community and VA education, placement services, psychosocial assessments, and referral and linkage to various community agencies for Veterans who are involved with the criminal justice system, with the emphasis and focus on veterans that are in veteran treatment dockets or specialty courts. The Justice Outreach Social Worker meets with judges, officers of the court, correctional administrators and staff on a regular basis to design and/or maintain appropriate policies and procedures required for each setting. He/she attends justice system staff trainings relevant to working with offenders and high-risk populations and represents the VA at community meetings, seeking or maintaining membership on relevant boards, councils and task forces. The Justice Outreach Social Worker also collaborates with other criminal justice staff to support engagement in care for eligible Veterans recently discharged from correctional institutions. Contacts include providers who serve Veterans by contract or formal agreement with the VA, government staff, social, financial, legal, health and mental health agencies, Veterans and/or their families/relatives, Veterans' conservators, friends, employers, landlords, police, attorneys, judges, and probation and parole officers. The Justice Outreach Social Worker develops and implements information systems to track services including visits, referrals, patient demographics and patient satisfaction. The Justice Outreach Social Worker conducts justice-related staff development programs for mental health and other program staff and provides opportunities for staff to update their professional knowledge and practice skills related to justice involved Veterans. The Justice Outreach Social Worker provides training and guidance to entry level staff and graduate students. The incumbent is required to conduct active outreach to Veterans involved with the justice system, including those who may be participants, or candidates for participation, in treatment court programs, including Veterans Courts. This outreach may also include field interviews, assessments and referrals for Veterans contacted in community settings, courts and/or prior to release in jails or prisons, as well as those referred by VA residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics. The Justice Outreach Social Worker identifies and interviews justice-involved Veterans in the appropriate setting to conduct needs assessment and determine appropriate referrals, linkage and coordination for VA and non-VA services to enhance function in the community, including in transition from jail or prison. The Justice Outreach Social Worker establishes a relationship with correctional, medical and mental health leadership and personnel, where appropriate, to ensure continuity of care and for appropriate backup, if needed, when encountering Veterans in a correctional institution. The Justice Outreach Social Worker functions as an ongoing case manager for justice involved Veterans who are being monitored by treatment courts (and as needed for Veterans released from correctional institutions} by performing duties to facilitate independent community living by coordinating mental health and community care. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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.