The Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Psychologist functions as a co-located, collaborative, and integrated behavioral health provider, delivering brief, triage, and consultation-based services to Veterans, Primary Care providers, and Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) members within Primary Care at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center. General mental health service delivery for a wide range of concerns, resolving problems within the primary care service context. The PCMHI Psychologist: Provides a full range of psychodiagnostic and evaluation services to diagnose and treat mental health disorders and evaluate risk of patients in the primary care setting. Refers patients who need higher levels of mental health assessment or care to general or specialty mental health services. Conducts full range of psychotherapeutic interventions with emphasis on the application of brief, timelimited, evidence-based treatments, which may include individual, group, couple or family interventions as needed within the primary care setting. Provides behavioral medicine and health behavior change interventions across a broad continuum of need (e.g., stress management, sleep hygiene, relaxation training, medication adherence, mindfulness skills, tobacco cessation, alcohol misuse, weight management, coping with chronic illness, etc). Completes brief psychological and cognitive assessments as indicated Conducts review of records and discussion with collateral contacts as available to inform care needs Engages with PACT teams professionally and collaboratively and Provides consultation to providers and PACT teams regarding mental health needs and concerns Provides clinical care coordination and case management as appropriate Works to provide care and support to the PACT team to allow patients to remain with their Primary Care Provider (PCP) for the full range of their health care needs, as clinically appropriate. Ensures clinical documentation is accurate and timely consistent with facility expectations and policies. Ensures communication of documentation or clinical findings back to referring team. Consults across disciplines on a wide variety of patient care issues Provides consultation and training to Primary Care Service Line staff in the identification and management of common mental behavioral health disorders that present in a primary care setting when indicated Is competent providing virtual care to Veterans and able to stay current on available and approved technologies to do so for optimal care access. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Provide supervision to trainees and may participate with other disciplines in consultation with trainees such as medical, nursing, pharmacy, and psychiatric trainees assigned to primary care service rotation. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Telework: This is not a virtual position. However some telework negotiable upon hire. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required ***************************THIS IS A BARGAINING UNIT POSITION***************************
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.