The Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare Network is recruiting for a Senior Social Worker within the Community Engagement & Reintegration Service (CERS), for the Veteran Justice Outreach (VJO) program, located in Santa Maria, CA. The Justice Outreach Social Worker is responsible for clinical programming, the daily operation of the VJO program, and the management of program data. The VJO Social Worker's responsibilities will focus on justice-involved Veterans, and their return to the community. As the Justice Outreach Social Worker, the primary responsibilities are to provide psychosocial assessments, case management services, continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, placement services, and referrals to various community agencies for Veterans who are within 6 months of release from correctional institutions and/or are being monitored by the courts. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to: Conducts justice-related staff development programs for mental health, and other program staff, to provide opportunities for staff to update their mental health professional knowledge and practice skills. Conducts active outreach to Veterans involved with the justice system, including those who may be participants, or candidates for participation, in treatment court programs. Conducts 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 Veteran Affairs residential programs, medical centers or outpatient clinics. Establishes a relationship with correctional medical and psychiatric leadership and personnel to ensure continuity of care, and for appropriate back-up, if needed, when encountering Veterans in a correctional institution. Provides referrals to other Veteran Affairs programs, including Grant and Per Diem programs, Health Care for Homeless Veterans contract residential treatment, Domiciliary or Psychiatric Residential Rehabilitation Programs, Compensated Work Therapy, or Supported Employment programs. Collaborates with county probation officers, prosecutors, public defenders, retained defense counsel, and parole officers to develop a post release plan and/or community-based alternatives to incarceration. Assists Veterans in maintaining appointments at Veteran Affairs medical centers, other community agencies for medical, psychiatric, substance abuse, vocational, and other services consistent with Veteran's goals associated with healthful independent living. Establishes a treatment plan for each Veteran, to includes individualized goals, and measurable objectives, based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information. Conducts individual, and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm 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.