Staff Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Intergration)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Internal Number: 613464800
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 This full-time position is a Staff Psychologist to work within the Primary Care Mental Health Integration Team (PCMHI) to assist in the delivery of evidence-based care for Primary Care patients identified with a variety of behavioral and mental health issues including mild to moderate depression, anxiety and substance use problems. Major duties and responsibilities include: Clinical Responsibilities (80% of the time) Provides a full range of psychological assessment and using the most appropriate psychotherapeutic techniques in providing quality care, focusing mostly on brief functional assessments and short-term psychotherapy most often for mild to moderate conditions commonly seen in primary care (e.g. depression, sleep disturbance, anxiety, and alcohol misuse). Provides evidence-based modalities consistent with an integrated care model for behavioral health concerns (e.g. health behavior change). Provides suicide risk assessments as appropriate within the primary care setting. Performs functional assessment and evaluations for patient enrolled in Primary Care patients to aid in treatment planning and treatment within the primary care setting, aiding in determining the appropriate level of care for patients and making referrals as appropriate. Facilitates warm-hand off and open access availability to ensure on-time, seamless access to behavioral health access within the primary care clinics. Consults and liaisons with the Primary Care and Behavioral Health Staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. This requires substantial communication skills and the ability to remain organized. Contributes to training of primary care team members on performance measures, clinical reminders, effective consultation with behavioral health and PCMHI initiatives. Provides administrative duties including: Scheduling of Veterans and related issues, addressing Veterans' phone calls, completing progress notes within one working day. Academic/Teaching/Training: (up to 5-10% of time) Program Evaluation/Outcome Measurement/Research (up to 5% of time) Program Development- May participate in development and improvement of new and existing behavioral health programming in primary care and throughout medical center. Assists Behavioral Health management with the establishment of program monitors and outcome measures within programs using data-driven quality assurance process and presents reports to Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Division as required. Timely completion of all program evaluations & documents required by the Medical Center, VISN, and IBH Division & BH service. Contributes to training of facility and nursing staff throughout the facility on performance measures, clinical reminders and appropriate consultation to Behavioral Health. Provides supervision of psychology trainees or unlicensed staff conducting direct clinical care. If licensed, provides clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training to include psychology practicum students, and interns. May be invited to participate in the Psychology Training Committee and program. Maintains current knowledge of procedures, policies, directives, pertinent to their practice of psychology within the medical center or clinics. Other Significant Responsibilities (up to 5% of time) Will attend weekly and monthly PCMHI, CBOC & BH meetings and other treatment team meetings as assigned up to (5% of time). Makes professional level presentations to the medical center, community, universities, or professional organizations. Grade distinctions: At the GS-13 level, you would be performing the above duties and responsibilities as an independent licensed provider. At the GS-11 and GS-12 levels, psychologists function under the supervision of a licensed psychologist unless independently licensed and credentialed and privileged by the Medical Center. Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Staff Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Intergration)/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized to Highly Qualified Candidates Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.