This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The VA Northern California Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Social Worker (Program Coordinator) for the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Program at the Mather location. The SCI Coordinator plans, develops, and implements components of the SCI/D program within the Hub and Spoke System of Care. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Develops a system to identify SCI patients served by the facility and community who belong in this special disability group. This may involve use of the Spinal Cord Dysfunction (SCD) Registry, Patient Treatment File searches, VISTA and CPRS records, SCD reports and/or Classification reports, Patient Data Exchange, Network Health Exchange, and contacts within the community. Serves as the point of contact for all inquiries regarding the SCI program. Coordinates an annual comprehensive preventive health evaluation for each enrolled SCI patient at the SCI Center or at appropriate SCI Outpatient Support Clinics. Prepares SCI program reports for the SCI Center hubs, SCI Support Clinic, the SCI & D Strategic Healthcare Group in VA Central Office, Congress, and other stakeholders. Develops a procedure for referrals between the SCI Center and local VA and/or community hospitals and facilitates appropriate and timely inter-facility transfers. Establishes performance standards for the SCI program that promote quality and efficiency in service to the veterans in coordination with the overall goals of the medical center and national Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders (SCI&D) program. Develops policy and procedures to ensure compliance with Joint Commission and internal VA regulatory bodies such as EPRP, and other accrediting bodies and regulatory standards as needed. Explores and analyzes long term care placement options in the community, i.e. assisted living facilities, nursing homes, handicapped accessible housing, and state veterans' homes. Identifies unmet needs of the SCI population and works collaboratively with the VHA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care and community agencies to develop and implement solutions. Develops a data driven continuous quality improvement program with established goals and outcomes to evaluate and document the program's effectiveness. Develops and implements a plan for outreach to extend services to veterans with SCI who may benefit from care, but who do not presently use VA for their healthcare needs. Manages the daily operation of the SCI program and provides accountability for program effectiveness and modification of service patterns to enhance customer satisfaction. Completes psychosocial evaluation and assessment and periodic reassessments of each patient served, which provides a comprehensive social database to identify psychological, social, and vocational needs and the appropriate treatment and services to be provided. Develops and implements realistic and achievable social work treatment plans, as part of the interdisciplinary treatment plans, that reflect an ability to effectively utilize a broad range of treatment modalities. Provides advanced directive (Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) information and education to the veteran and family, assisting the veteran in preparation of such documents, as requested. Provides consultation to professional staff throughout the facility on SCI related issues. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30PM Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Telework, if approved, would be on an regularly scheduled basis, but this is not a remote or virtual position. This announcement has been extended to widen the pool of applicants.
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.