Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Social Worker (Inpatient Mental Health) in Los Angeles County, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Los Angeles County, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Wednesday 11/30/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/19/2016 (11 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1852001

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.

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The Inpatient Mental Health Social Worker will be assigned to provide all appropriate social work services on inpatient mental health units. This position is located at Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System in West Los Angeles. A GS-9/11 Social Worker has a Masters Degree in Social Work granted by a graduate program fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Individuals assigned as GS-11 Social Workers are considered to be at the full performance level. Promotion to the GS-11 full performance level requires a license at the independent practice level with a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in the field ofhealthcare social work. The Social Worker will complete psychosocial mental health assessments of patients, develop comprehensive discharge plans, and assist with mental health education. Provides advance care planning, education on Advance Directives and assists with their completion. The Inpatient Mental Health social worker independently conducts psychosocial mental health assessments, interviewing Veterans and their family members to establish facts about problems impacting their lives. Performs assessments involving complicated cases such as psychiatric illness, medical conditions, and high-risk diagnoses. In collaboration with the multidisciplinary treatment team, develops treatment plans during the Veteran's inpatient stay and formulates comprehensive discharge plans for the Veteran's care upon leaving the hospital. This plan includes outpatient treatment programs, housing options, assistance with connection to financial resources and all other resources to ensure the continuity of care for the patient. Provides referrals to additional services and other government and community based programs. Facilitates referrals based upon Veteran's needs and eligibility. Will document all patient contact. Completes encounters, consults, and clinical reminders. Social Worker must have working knowledge of the use of medical and mental health diagnoses, disabilities and treatment procedures to include acute, chronic, traumatic illnesses/injuries, common medications and their effects/side effects. Social worker will work with patients and families with various psychiatric, medical and social problems utilizing individual, group/family counseling and psychoeducation. Provides crisis intervention services, seeking to address the cause as well as the presenting complaint, coordinates family conferences and serves as liaison to family members. Provides consultation service to other staff regarding the psychosocial needs of the Veterans and the impact of the psychosocial problems on health care/mental health care.

Social Worker with a license at an independent practice level is expected to provide coverage in the Emergency Department on weeknights, weekends, and holidays, as needed, and assist with social work transplant assessments.

Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Functional Statement Title/#:008580

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must have a MSW accredited by the CSWE

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

  • Education- Applicants must have a master's degree in social work from a school of social work accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. A doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master’s degree in social work. (Verification of the degree can be made by going to the CSWE website to verify if your social work degree meets the accreditation standards for a master of social work). You must submit copy of transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Transcripts must be submitted with application.

Grade Determinations:

GS-9: None beyond basic requirements

  • To qualify at the GS9 level you must possess a Master’s degree in social work from a program approved by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), including but not limited to the Masters in Social Work (MSW) and must be a US Citizen and be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), 7407(d).

  • GS-11: LICENSURE- Applicants must be licensed by a state to independently practice social work at the master’s degree level and possess a minimum of one (1) year post-MSW degree experience in the field of health care social work (VA or non-VA experience) or possess a doctoral degree in social work from a school of social work.

Persons hired or reassigned to social worker positions in the GS-185-11 series and grade in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state to practice social work at the advance practice level. Current state requirements may be found on the OHRM website.

Preferred Experience: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements indicated above, Social Workers have experience that demonstrates possession of practice skills and judgment. Social workers must be licensed or certified by a state at the independent practice level which included an LCSW clinical examination.Experienced is required in Knowledge and ability to perform duties independently to include but not limited to clinical evaluation and psychotherapeutic treatment interventions, crisis management, social work consultation, biopsychosocial assessments and evaluations


VA Handbook 5005/23, Part II, Appendix F7, SOCIAL WORKER QUALIFICATION STANDARD , dated February 2009, and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ( or you may use the following generic citation) VA Handbook 5005 at (also available in the local Human Resources Office) and OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions at ]**

This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: The physical demands of this position involve primarily walking, talking, driving, use of the telephone, etc. Strenuous physical activity is not required although the incumbent is expected to withstand pressure and stress as part of their day to day activities.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:**

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $53,915.00 to $84,800.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0185-09/11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 456681500

Job Announcement Number: RN-16-ANH-1852001-BU