Psychologist - Integrated Care Mental Health Program Manager
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Leavenworth County, Kansas
Internal Number: 698659600
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. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States Education: Have a doctoral degree in psychology from a graduate program in psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the program was completed. The specialty area of the degree must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. For the purpose of meeting this requirement, the term "specialty area" refers to the specific specialty areas recognized by the accrediting body and not to specific job duties that might require special skills. Currently, APA accredits doctoral programs in the specialty areas of clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, or combinations of two or more of those areas. PCSAS accredits doctoral programs in psychological clinical science. CPA accredits doctoral programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and school psychology. There are no job assignments in VHA that require the skills of a school psychologist; therefore, an applicant with a degree in the specialty area of school psychology is not eligible for appointment. Strictly for the purpose of determining eligibility for appointment as a psychologist in VHA, there is no distinction between the specialty areas (with the exception of school psychology). OR Have a doctoral degree in any area of psychology and, in addition, successfully complete a re-specialization program (including documentation of an approved internship completed as part of the re-specialization program) meeting both of the following conditions: (a) The re-specialization program must be completed in an APA or a CPA accredited doctoral program; and, (b) the specialty in which the applicant is retrained must be consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature.] AND Internships Have successfully completed a professional psychology internship training program that was accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed and that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. OR New VHA psychology internship programs that are in the process of applying for APA accreditation are acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement, provided that such programs were sanctioned by the VHA Central Office Program Director for Psychology and the VHA Office of Academic Affiliations at the time that the individual was an intern; OR VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR Applicants who completed an internship that was not accredited by APA or CPA at the time the program was completed may be considered eligible for hire only if they are currently board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. (NOTE: Once board certified, the employee is required to maintain board certification.) OR Applicants who have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally accredited institution with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature may fulfill this internship Licensure. Hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to practice psychology at the doctoral level in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Board Certification. Persons hired to psychology positions in the VHA who completed an internship that was not accredited at the time the program was completed must be board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in a specialty area that is consistent with the assignment for which the applicant is to be employed. The board certificate must be current and the applicant must abide by the certifying body's requirement for continuing education English Language Proficiency. Psychologists must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j. Grade Determinations: Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 in addition to the basic requirement, you must have: Experience. At least three years of experience as a professional psychologist, with at least one year equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following KSAs: 1. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. 2. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 3. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. 4. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. 5. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. 6. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. 7. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. Preferred Experience: Clinical experience in psychology. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/103 FEBRUARY 7, 2018 PART II APPENDIX G18 The full performance level of this vacancy is 14. ["The incumbent serves as the program manager for the integrated care mental health programming at VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. This represents the integration of mental health services within a variety of primary care settings. The incumbent is responsible for the behavioral health providers working within the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) model of care. The primary goal of PCMHI is to support the primary care provider as the overall manager of a patients health by helping to identify and treat patients with mental health diagnosis and/or patients who could benefit from behavioral interventions. The incumbent will be responsible for building strong foundations of collaboration and support for primary care treatment teams located in both VAMC's and CBOC locations. Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) includes general teams, Women's Health Clinic, Geri-PACT, and Home Based Primary Care .Interventions include the provision of consult management, warm-handoff mental health care, psychiatric consultation, depression care management, suicide prevention assessment and support, and brief psychotherapeutic interventions. The program manager will work with specific supervisors in a collaborative atmosphere to ensure that all staff are competently trained and working efficiently within the PCMHI model of care. Administrative tasks will include updating and enforcing service line agreements, overseeing annual staff training competencies, ensuring same day mental health care is accessible at all locations through a variety of modalities, and ensuring timely and effective transition of care when a more complex level of mental health care is needed or in transition from a more complex level of care (referred to as stepped care). The incumbent will ensure that the Behavioral Health Lab (BHL) software and subsequent care management aspect of PCMHI programming is maintained to fidelity. Duties include participation in the larger leadership environment using a transformational style of leadership and focusing on specific values and strategies that influence the culture that supports quality employment for staff and care for Veterans. This involves: 1) Utilization of High Reliability Organization (HRO) principles focusing on safety and Just Culture; 2) Growth in cultural and linguistic competency and diversity of the workforce; 3) Advocacy around health outcomes; 4) Quality communication between employees, Veterans, and key stakeholders. 5) Collaboration both with the many complex VA systems of care and also with community partners. Work Schedule: Full time Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Adhoc only as needed Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized for highly qualified applicants EDRP Authorized: Contact Julie Steakley at firstname.lastname@example.org, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Learn more Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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