The Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) Psychologist for the Wilmington Veteran Affairs Medical Center (WVAMC) is assigned to the Psychology Service, a division of the Behavioral Health Service (BHS), with primary duties in the PC-MHI program, located within Primary Care. The PC-MHI program is an outpatient multidisciplinary service within the Behavioral Health Service Line that provides a wide range of brief recovery-oriented services for Veterans. The Psychologist will deliver brief, consultation-based services to Veterans within that setting. The focus is on general service delivery for a wide range of concerns and resolving problems within the primary care service context. Behavioral health visits are brief (generally 20-30 minutes), limited in number (one to six visits), and are provided in the primary care practice area, structured so that the Veteran views meetings with the behavioral health provider as a routine primary care service. The PC-MHI Psychologist will function within a fast-paced primary care team and can expect to consult with eight to ten patients per day with the primary goal of assisting Patient Aligned Clinical Team (PACT) members with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population. The major duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to: Clinical Responsibilities (90% of time) Provide immediate direct and on-site access for behavioral health consultation assessment. Work in conjunction with other PC-MHI team members to support PC-MHI. Provide input, updates and/or recommendations regarding behavioral health needs of Veterans. Conduct initial and comprehensive psychosocial assessments of veterans referred by primary care providers. Review subjective and objective data, assess high risk factors, provide clinical assessment, and determine the treatment plan for Veterans. Administer and score psychological tests and cognitive screenings to support treatment planning. Evaluate veterans in terms of the need for psychotherapy and the probability of psychotherapy being effective. Determine psychological diagnosis and prognosis, assess risk factors, and develop a preliminary disposition plan which involves the Veteran and his/her family. Provides a full range of brief, solution focused therapeutic interventions to primary care patients not currently established with a mental health provider. Such interventions include cognitive and behavioral therapy and other evidence-based modalities through group and individual formats. Actively participate and contribute to assigned PACT treatment plan meetings. Presents informed reports and educates interdisciplinary teams on the use of newly proven or evidence-based interventions. Services may be delivered in a face-to-face and/or tele-health format. Consult and serve as a resource for other professional personnel concerning the need for, evaluation of, and development of psychological services in WVAMC. Assist in the selection, training, and supervision of staff at lower grade within assigned program area or Psychology Service. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Adheres to Psychology Service peer review procedures. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by BH Psychology Services. Complies with all Computer Patient Record System (CPRS) documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Teaching/Training (5% of time, as appropriate) Involved in Psychology Training Program and Training Committee and in the training of graduate trainees, as appropriate. Prepare and teach seminars/workshops for WVAMC trainees/staff on topics within interest/competency areas. Administration (5% of time, as appropriate) Serves on Medical Center, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces as assigned. Represents the Medical Center or Healthcare System at professional/program community group/events and committees as assigned. Work Schedule: Fulltime. Normal working hours are M-F, 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Virtual: No Telework: Yes Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: No
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.