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Senior Social Worker Mhicm Job in RENO, NV

Senior Social Worker Mhicm Job in RENO, NV

Vacancy No. 654-17-AE-1996513-BU Department Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Salary $72,168.00 to $93,821.00 Grade 12 to 12
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 8/8/2017 Close Date 8/30/2017
Who may apply Public

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    2017-08-08 to 2017-08-30

  • Salary

    $72,168 to $93,821 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 12

  • Series

    0185 Social Work

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



1 vacancy in the following location:

Job Overview

Job Overview


VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1996513

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

If you have never been to Reno, let us tell you: it is nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with easy access to the Pacific Crest Trail. We are just 30 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe offering most any water sport you can imagine: fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding in addition to skiing and snowboarding ( where many Olympic athletes do their training). We are the home of a dynamic art and event scene: Artown, Hot August Nights, Street Vibrations, Rib Cook off, Balloon Races – and that's just July – September! Humidity is low – so temperatures remain (or at least feel) moderate.

We encourage you to consider VA employment in Reno, NV, join a team that values a healthy home/work life balance and be rewarded by the role you'll play in keeping the promise to those who served.

Oh! Did we mention that we don't pay state income tax in Nevada or our fabulous culture of all-you-can-eat sushi!

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

If you are a current permanent VA or Federal employee and wish to apply for the Social Worker MICHM position, you must apply to Vacancy Announcement 654-AE-17-1996512-BU

The incumbent, a professional social worker, in this position functions as the Case Manager for VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System Mental Health Intensive Case Management Program. The primary responsibilities of this position are to provide intensive case management services, continuous quality improvement activities, evaluation/consultation, psychosocial assessments, patient groups, individual therapy, placement services, and referrals to various community agencies and hospital services to MHICM patients. MHICM patients are seriously mentally ill veterans with a high percentage of co morbid substance issues who have been identified as high utilizers of psychiatric inpatient hospital resources.  

MHICM patients have previously not been able to achieve adequate community adjustment with traditional psychiatric care. The patient caseload is complex based on the severity of the mental illness, co morbidities, and resistance to standard treatments. Treatment interventions are innovative and highly individualized. Patients are referred to the MHICM program from the outpatient psychiatry clinics, the inpatient psychiatric unit, and from outpatient medical and mental health providers.


Serves as the contact for the MHICM Program. Responsible for data collection, administrative record keeping, and monitoring patient or program indicators, thresholds and performance measures.


Responds to consults sent to the MHICM program by interviewing the veteran utilizing questionnaires and other measurement devices while assessing the veteran's emotional, functional, and psychological condition. Presents the findings to the MHICM team to determine rejection or acceptance into the MHICM program.

Functions as case manager for veterans in the MHICM program performing duties to facilitate independent community living by coordinating mental health and community care.

Participates in development of a treatment plan for each MHICM veteran with measurable goals outlined based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information with the principles of treatment matching.

Assists MHICM veterans in the preparation of materials needed for applications to various agencies for entitlements, then, follow the process of the application until a determination has been made.

Collaborates with members of the MHICM team and other professional specialty clinics to provide comprehensive care to MHICM veterans.

Identifies, develops and facilitates accessibility and utilization of VA and community resources to meet the needs of MHICM veterans.

Conducts individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues.

Assesses the MHICM veterans learning needs regarding their substance abuse, psychiatric and medical disorders, and the treatments and medications required incorporating teaching in the treatment.


Provides assistance with medication management for MHICM veterans.

Conducts home visits and community visits to MHICM veterans to maintain and encourage community living.

Collaborates with Adult Foster Care homes where MHICM veterans reside to facilitate community living in the least restrictive environment and to provide support services for the AFC homes.

Prepares and submit legal documentation for the petition of various legal orders such as guardianship, conservatorship, protective orders, commitment, and alternative treatment orders. Provides expert testimony in court settings as needed.

Provides direct teaching services to staff and others as appropriate.

Documents the veteran's progress in progress notes. Documents significant events as needed. Information is to be entered into the CPRS system.

Facilitates urine drug screenings, perform breathalyzer testing, and perform measurement of vital signs of veterans following MHICM procedures.

Responsible to stay abreast of current theory and treatment modalities by reading professional journals, attending conferences, clinic seminars and teleconferences, and materials given out by staff and Mental Health Service.

Relocation/Recruitment incentive Not authorized for this position.
Work Schedule: Full-Time, 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday
Functional Statement Title/#: Social Worker MICHM/FS-40417-A

This position is covered by the Bargaining Unit.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements
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Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration


Phone: (775)829-5630



Fax: (478)757-3144

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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