Motivated HUD-VASH social worker professionally skilled at building strong working relationships with fellow staff, supervisors and community members. Hardworking, conscientious, assertive and adaptable social worker with extensive knowledge of HUD-VASH program with VA contracted agency experience. Ability to work independently, with minimal supervision. Operational familiarity with policies and procedures to ensure patient safety. Strong case management background and extensive knowledge of Veterans Affairs and community resources. Ability to resolve complex issues in dealing with Veterans and their families.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
HIPPA, HOMES & CPRS trained
Screener for SPA 1 CEEs and Stand Down events
Expert in HACLA, HACoLA Procedures
Screening for Suicide Assessment
Trained in data collection and analysis
MS Word, Power Point, Excel, Internet Research
Expert working with Outreach & building community
Homeless and dual diagnosed populations
Certified Motivational Interviewing
Substance Abuse and Brief Therapy
Trained in Critical Time Intervention
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
Speaks and writes fluently English, Hungarian and Serbo-Croatian
Department of Veterans AffairsJanuary 2015 to CurrentSocial Worker -HUD VASH North Hills, CA
Coordinating care with local Public Housing Agencies (PHA) and providing case management-based services necessary to ensure that veteran care is coordinated with the VA medical center, community health, mental health or mental health providers, and agencies that serve homeless populations.
Conducts psychosocial assessments. Performs clinical assessments that evaluates the veteran's situation, abilities, and capabilities, and arrives at a reasoned conclusion including an assessment of vulnerability and prioritization for admission.
Evaluating caseload and prioritizing clients with highest needs, attending crises situations as they arise.
Offering referrals to VA community resources such as transitional housing, inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment programs, food banks, clothing resources, rental arrears, connecting clients to Veterans Service Organizations to assist with filing service connection claims.
Participating in clinical training offered by the HUD-VASH national office and completed surveys to provide feedback on ways our program can improve.
Educating Veterans about Advanced Directives and assist with completion, if they choose to execute one.
Timely documentation, keep Veterans records updated in HOMES, Mental Health Treatment Plans, clinical reminders, SRAPPs as clinically indicated, alerting the Suicide Prevention Coordinators as required. All documentation follows the established policies and procedures set forth by VA National Office and changing HUD-VASH mandates.
Attend all required meetings, including SPA ½ team meetings, monthly VASH meetings, for VASH screeners, and HPACT interdisciplinary meetings when I have relevant patients to discuss.
Contributes to and supports team decisions and works to enhance team growth and accomplishment.
Effective team player, collaborating with members of other disciplines to improve patient care. I provide expertise in area of social work when working in interdisciplinary settings.
Maintains open line of communication with community partners such as landlords, SSVF agencies, and other resource agencies to ensure clients are connected to necessary services.
Demonstrates leadership by assisting new staff with program, procedures and becoming a homeless screener for our monthly SPA 2 CEEs and Stand Down events.
Assesses at-risk factors and develops a preliminary plan, involving the Veteran and family or significant others, and performs an insightful assessment of serious and complicated cases involving psychiatric illness which may also include, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other high risks diagnoses.
Able to coordinate community-based services, including information and referral for additional services from other VA programs, other government programs and community agency programs. Provides comprehensive case management services to Veterans is a part of ambulatory care, community care, and outreach programs.
Able to meet the needs of customers while supporting VA missions. Consistently communicates and treats customers (veterans, their representatives, visitors, and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.
Secure Memorandum of Understanding Agreements with all Partners to ensure compliance with confidentiality regulations, ROI with VA, HUD-VASH, HMIS, SSVF, shelters and homeless outreach teams.
Create procedures for and facilitate ongoing case conferencing meetings to review status of homeless veterans.
Maintain VA -CPRS (Computerized Patient Record System) documentation standards as set forth by the HIPAA standards, and VA policies.
People Assisting the HomelessMay 2013 to January 2015 HUD VASH Social Worker/ Housing Navigator II Los Angeles, CA
Provided Veteran advocacy, case management, linkage to stable housing and other supportive services as needed.
Provided individualized client support by helping each Veteran develop a plan to address their barriers, increase their income, and maintain and sustain permanent housing.
Utilize evidenced based practice models such as (Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Trauma Informed Models and Motivational Interviewing for Substance Abuse treatment.
Conduct psychosocial assessments for homeless, mentally ill/ or substance abusing Veterans.
Develop crisis management plans including suicide risk assessments, collaborative safety action plans and assessment of homicidal ideation.
Interface with case managers, Grant per Diem/Domiciliary liaisons, interdisciplinary treatment teams and other clinical/administrative staff and external stakeholders as needed to ensure Veterans can get all their needs met within a short time frame.
Coordinated services, including but not limited to housing, mental health treatment, medical treatment, specialty clinics, substance abuse treatment, payee services, financial benefits, low cost housing programs, community shelters, and food and clothing programs.
Demonstrates strength in areas of interpersonal relations, critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, up-to-date clinical documentation and ongoing professional development.
Provided Primary Care social work coverage on an as-needed basis.
Advocate for Veterans both within and outside the VA setting to ensure their rights are maintained and protected.
Demonstrates expertise in navigating complex health and social service systems.
Generated VASH referrals and monitor until referral process is fully executed.
Utilized motivational interviewing, solution focused interventions and cognitive behavioral therapy to assist homeless
West Los Angeles Veterans AffairsSeptember 2012 to May 2013Social Work Intern Los Angeles, CA
Worked with Veteran residents at the Exodus Lodge Residential Care facility, providing individual counseling psychotherapy to four clients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Established and lead weekly phototherapy and horticultural group with residents.
Co-facilitated a 12- week Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group for depression, for Veterans on a weekly basis.
Attended weekly VA West Los Angeles Graduate Field Collective meetings for formal instruction on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV TR) and received supervised practical application.
Conducted initial screenings with potential clients and made appropriate appointments and/or referrals to services in the community.
Completed adult initial bio-psychosocial assessments with new clients and formulated working diagnoses in collaboration with psychiatrists.
Collaborated with a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, medical case workers, nurses, and case managers to develop treatment plans and maintain ongoing client care.
Conducted weekly individual therapy and individual rehabilitation services as needed with a caseload of 4 adults with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, and severe mental health diagnoses.
Documented all services in accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LAC DMH) paperwork policies.
North Los Angeles County Regional CenterDecember 2005 to April 2011Respite Care Van Nuys, CA
Responsible for daily programming of activities, providing positive behavioral goals and objectives for an eight-year-old boy with high functioning autism.
Daily duties included helping the child learn play skills, social skills, language skills, attention skills, and self-help skills.
California Psychcare IncJuly 2009 to January 2010Behavior Instructor Van Nuys, CA
Provided DTT/ABA sessions and support to children with developmental disorders.
Charted and recorded information in client files.
Efficiently gathered information from families and social services agencies to inform development of treatment plans.
Quickly responded to crisis situations when severe mental health and behavioral issues arose.
Valley Trauma CenterJanuary 2010 to August 2010Undergrad Social Work Intern Van Nuys, CA
As a part of a Sexual Assault Response Team, answering calls at the Rape Crisis Hotline.
Accompanied sexually assaulted survivors, when the incident was reported to a police.
Conducted outreach, advocacy and rehabilitative services for regular cases and crisis intervention.
Domestic Abuse Response Team August 2009 to December 2009Undergrad Social Work Intern Reseda, CA
Responding with police to domestic violence calls, offering immediate assistance with medical, legal and counseling referrals.
Efficiently gathered information from families and social services agencies to inform development of treatment plans.
Referred clients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment processes.
Education and Training
University of Southern California 2013Master of Science: Social WorkLos Angeles, CA, USAMental Health Concentration, Military Sub-Concentration
California State University Northridge2010Bachelor of Arts: Social WelfareNorthridge, CA, USA
Pierce College 2008Associate of Applied ScienceWoodland Hills, CA, USA
Activities, Honors & Certificates
Dr. Russell Miller Scholarship Award given by the California State University of Northridge.
2011, 2012 and 2013 recipient of a Dean's Scholarship from the University of Southern California.
Motivational Interviewing -16 hour workshop conducted by University of Southern California, date issued: August 24, 2011
Problem Solving Therapy -16 hour workshop conducted by University of Southern California, date issued: December 3, 2012
Prolonged Exposure Therapy-16 hour workshop conducted by University of Southern California, date issued: October28,2012
Accredited Clinical Social Worker (ACSW), date issued: July 2013, registration number: 36300
Completion of 2 hours of Continuing Education (Contact Hours) conducted by Vincent val Reyes LCSW at DelAmo hospital in Irvine CA. Dates issued: January 31, 2014 and March 28,2014
Sexual Assault Certification Training Program conducted by Valley Trauma Center. Date issued: January 31,2010
Mental Health First Aid -8 hour course conducted by the National Council for Behavioral Health. Date issued: March 27,2014
Completed PDBM-Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior, level 1,2 and 3. Completed on: January 8,2016.
Obtained CSW/Certified Social Worker license from Kentucky to practice clinical social work on independent level.
Resumes, and other information uploaded or provided by the user, are considered User Content governed by our Terms & Conditions. As such, it is not owned by us, and it is the user who retains ownership over such content.
Companies Worked For:
Department of Veterans Affairs
People Assisting the Homeless
West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs
North Los Angeles County Regional Center
California Psychcare Inc
Valley Trauma Center
Domestic Abuse Response Team
University of Southern California
California State University Northridge
Job Titles Held:
Social Worker -HUD VASH
HUD VASH Social Worker/ Housing Navigator II
Social Work Intern
Undergrad Social Work Intern
Master of Science : Social Work Bachelor of Arts : Social Welfare Associate of Applied Science
Create a job alert for [job role title] at [location].