The two (2) Social Worker (Tribal Case Manager/HUD-VASH) positions are in Bethel and Juneau, Alaska. The Social Worker functions as the Tribal Case Manager for the Alaska VA Healthcare System’s Housing and Urban Development vouchers assigned to the Association of Village Council Presidents Regional Housing Authority (Bethel), and the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (Juneau) in the Tribal HUD-VASH Demonstration Project. The two Social Worker’s report to the Chief, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) of the Mental Health Services Care Line located in the Alaska VA Healthcare System. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
- Serve as a Housing and Urban Development-VA Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) Tribal Case Manager for the respective Tribal HUD-VASH Demonstration Project.
- Provide psychosocial services to Veterans while residing in stable housing through HUD’s Section 8 voucher system.
- Expand the HUD-VASH role to include case management for enrolled tribal member Veterans’ family members and to include Veterans and families who are not yet homeless but are deemed at risk for homelessness.
- Independent coordination of case management services for Veterans receiving housing provided through tribal housing vouchers.
- Responsible for case management of family members of housed Veterans, which involves specialized knowledge and experience in family intervention as well as extensive collaboration and community partners who provide services to families.
- Work closely with community resources to help the Veterans obtain care and services in the area in which they choose to live.
- Work independently in rural and remote environment as the “systems expert”, provide intensive case management services that focus on areas of readjustment and re-entry counseling, housing, mental health problems, psychosocial needs, barriers to treatment and mitigating risk factors related to incarceration and readjustment back to the local community where they reside and VA health care system.
- Develop programs and work directly with AVAHS Suicide Prevention Coordinator to reduce risk factors often associated with this population.
- Provide case management for a complex caseload of chronically homeless Veterans (who must also be an enrolled tribal member) in the HUD-VASH programs within the Cook Inlet, Southeast and Southwest Regions of Alaska that is composed of all cities, towns, villages and surrounding areas served the respective Housing Authority.
- Provide in-depth multi-faceted assessment to identify “at-risk” factors; work closely with the Veteran to develop a treatment plan, involving the Veteran and family, and possibly tribal leaders, to reduce the risk factors and sigma often associated with diagnosis such as: a catastrophic medical condition, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and other identified increased risk factors.
- Initiate all comprehensive psychosocial assessments, and then interviews the Veteran and family members to assess the facts about the Veteran’s situation, presenting problems and their causes, and the impact of such problems on the Veteran’s functioning and health.
- Review agreements between Tribes, Section 8, landlords, Tribal Housing Authorities and the VA in establishing appropriate referral sites for HUD-VASH placements.
- Perform on-site visits of HUD-VASH apartments to ensure that Veterans reside in safe environments in compliance with local housing codes.
- Verify the Veteran’s enrolled tribal member status, eligibility for VA medical care, and eligibility of program participation.
- Collect and submit HUD-VASH Program participation data as outlined by the North East Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC) evaluation procedures.
- Initiate discharge planning with other disciplines and will be responsible for ensuring that discharge plans are executed in a manner that is timely and appropriate.
- Provide individual, family and group counseling as appropriate.
- Provide consultation/education to Veterans, their families and community providers on area resources, advance directives and VA benefits.
- Supervise practice of students, interns, and case managers assigned to the HUD-VASH program.
- Develop and maintain statistical compilations to comply with Joint Commission, CARF, VA and medical center policy and procedures.
- Maintain accurate records of relevant trainings and participate in continuing education in accordance with VA policies and state licensure.
- Document patient’s medical record in accordance with AVAHS policies, and the requirements of TJC and CARF.
- Required to operate and drive a government vehicle to provide services in the community.
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.