Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Program Manager (Assistant Chief MH)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Sheridan, Wyoming
Internal Number: 646790000
Program Manager has direct responsibility for the health and safety of Veterans in the Sheridan VA HCS outpatient mental health programs. The position includes broad program management responsibilities which include the operation and management of key clinical programs within Sheridan VA HCS's multiple outpatient mental health programs. Incumbent oversees the daily operation of the outpatient mental health programs. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Hold a master's or doctoral degree in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. English Language Proficiency. LPMHCs must be proficient in spoken and written English. GS-13 Grade Determinations: Experience, Education and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. The experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Applicants must also demonstrate the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to make judgments and decisions associated with program management. 2. Ability to monitor program outcomes using data driven quality assurance process. 3. Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided. 4. Ability to manage a wide range of programs which include the operation and management of key clinical, training or administrative programs. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/106 PART II APPENDIX G43 Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019, Employee Occupational Health Services. ["Program Manager has direct responsibility for the health and safety of the Veterans participating in the Sheridan VA HCS outpatient mental health programs. This is accomplished primarily through the supervision and monitoring of clinical and administrative staff and the day to day operations in the programs. The population consists of veterans with PTSD, SUD, SMI and Co- Occurring Disorders. The outpatient mental health program is a focus of the Uniform Benefits to which veterans are entitled. The outpatient mental health program is a very busy, multi-problematic setting in which issues such as medical or mental health can quickly escalate to a critical level. Additionally, the balancing of resident safety with budgetary concerns is a delicate mixture of clinical concern and knowledge and practical experience. Keen judgments with\nconfidence and effective communication are imperative to the functioning of this position and are a major area of concentration. Administrative Responsibilities:\nThe incumbent has direct administrative and professional supervision of interdisciplinary staff assigned or annexed to the outpatient mental health programs (e.g. Nurse Practitioners, Secretarial staff, Nurse managers, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nursing Staff, Addiction Therapists, and Peer Support Specialists). Responsibilities also include: - Considering all factors in assessing the needs of Veterans receiving care in the outpatient\nmental health clinic. The outpatient program has substance abuse care, dual diagnosis,\nposttraumatic stress disorder, and serious mental illness programs from which to choose.\n- Coordinating the Quality Improvement Program with the outpatient mental health clinic and\nconducts Point of Care reviews to enhance performance in the program as well a meet or\nexceed regulatory agency standards.\n- The incumbent will plan work to be accomplished by clinical staff, groups/classes for\nVeterans, staff training, to be completed within a designated time frame.\n- The incumbent will assign work based on priorities, consideration of difficulty and the capabilities of the employees.\n- The incumbent will evaluate work performance on a continuous basis, providing oral and written feedback when indicated.\n- The incumbent will give advice, counsel or instructions to employees on work and administrative matters.\n- The incumbent will interview candidates for vacancy positions and recommend appointments.\n- The incumbent will hear and resolve complaints, refer group grievances and serious, unresolved complaints to a higher level.\n- Effect minor disciplinary measures and recommend action for more serious cases.\nClinical Responsibilities:\n- The incumbent counsels Veterans participating in the outpatient mental health services with group and individual interactions specific to PTSD specialty care services.\n- The incumbent makes assessments of the veterans referred and the type and scope of services required by each Veteran with specialty PTSD treatment needs. They use Evidence Based Practice models to provide specialty PTSD treatment. They\nrepresent the VA and the ACOS to the community, residents, families, agencies, legislators, surveying bodies and other VA's. They advise the ACOS of Mental Health of any issues which need to be resolved on a higher level. Academic Teaching and Training:\n- Provides educational leadership guidance and consultation to staffs of units to which assigned and identifies and arranges\n- May provide additional clinical supervision to various disciplines and levels of training, including trainees seeking licensure.\n- May function as a faculty member of the Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship program.\n- Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees, particularly related to the Outpatient treatment setting.\n- As necessary, develops and provides in-service education to bring an awareness to the Medical Center staff of the veterans' perceptions of their Medical Center experience, thereby contributing to improved staff understanding and attitude.\n- Offers consultation to colleagues and students on the psychosocial treatment of patients treated in specialty areas, rendering professional opinions based on experience and expertise and role modeling effective practice skills. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #:54358O\nFinancial 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.