The Primary Care Mental Health Integration Program Manager provides independent clinical administration of the Primary Care Mental Health program and supervision of interdisciplinary staff who work in the Program which includes Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, and Social Workers. The duties of the PCMHI Program Manager require administrative knowledge, clinical expertise, and managerial skills in the independent management and administration of mental health services. 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: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: (1) 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. OR (2) 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(3) Have a doctoral degree awarded between 1951 and 1978 from a regionally-accredited institution, with a dissertation primarily psychological in nature. AND Internships. (a) 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 (b) 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 (c) VHA facilities that offered full-time, one-year pre-doctoral internships prior to PL 96-151 (pre-1979) are considered to be acceptable in fulfillment of the internship requirement; OR (d) 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 (e) 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 requirement by having the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience in a site specifically acceptable to the candidate's doctoral program. If the internship experience is not noted on the applicant's official transcript, the applicant must provide a statement from the doctoral program verifying that the equivalent of a one-year supervised internship experience was completed in a site acceptable to the doctoral program. 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. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grandfathering Provision. All persons employed in VHA as a MFT on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the grade held, including positive education that is part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply: Such employees may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journey) level, demoted, but may not be promoted beyond the journeyman level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions. MFTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard Employees who are retained as a MFT under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry as a MFT. Grade Determinations: Psychology Program Manager, GS-14 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: Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. Ability to deal effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds, interests, and points of view. Skill in managing and directing the work of others to accomplish program goals and objectives. Ability to translate management goals and objectives into well-coordinated and controlled work operations. Ability to establish and monitor production and performance priorities and standards. Ability to analyze organizational and operational problems and to develop and implement solutions that result in sound operation of the program. Preferred Experience: Experience supervising clinical staff; Experience in program coordination; Experience working in Primary Care Mental Health Integration References: ???????VA Handbook 5005/103, Part II. Appendix G18, Psychologist Qualification Standard, GS-0180. February 7, 2018. The full performance level of this vacancy is 14. Physical Requirements: May require standing, lifting, carrying, sitting, stooping, bending, pulling, and pushing. May be required to wear personal protective equipment and undergo annual TB screening or testing as conditions of employment. ["Total Rewards 2023 VHA Total Reward$ of a Psychology Career Flyer (sharepoint.com) Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Program Manager is a specialty Mental Health program across the health care system and the incumbent is responsible for providing clinical and administrative oversight, supervision and administration of the program at the main facility and each division of the system. PCMHI services are integrated with the facility and other programs so it is critical the incumbent be based in the medical center to provide administrative and clinical support for any walk-ins to Veterans; assistance and education to other staff and providers, to interface and collaborate with other programs and services; and to best support the agency's mission by supporting timely, in person response to needs of those at or presenting to the facility. The incumbent serves as the PCMHI Program Manager and has delegated authority to oversee the day-to-day functioning for the PCMHI Program. The incumbent supervises a diverse group of interprofessional staff assigned to the PCMHI program (excluding nursing and AMSA) within the Alexandria VA Healthcare System and surrounding community clinics, requiring varying bodies of knowledge to provide supervision. The incumbent coordinates care with leadership in primary care and mental health. Duties include but are not limited to: Provides direct line supervision of an interdisciplinary team of PCMHI staff, including Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Psychologists, and Social Workers. Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short-term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work to meet multiple deadlines. Assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Evaluates work performance of subordinates. Gives advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters. Interviews candidates for positions in the unit; recommends appointment, promotion, or reassignments to such positions. Hears and resolves complaints from employees, referring group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to Service Chief. Identifies developmental and training needs of employees, providing for and arranging for needed development and training. Develops performance standards. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests. Ensures supervisees are trained and fully comply with the provisions of safety regulations. Adjusts staffing levels or work procedures within the program to accommodate resource allocation decisions made at higher echelons. Coordinates interdisciplinary staffing, work assignments, budget, treatment services provided, and admission criteria for the program. Responsible for the program's resource and fiscal management, developing the annual budget as needed, operating within that budget, and accounting for appropriated funds. Responsible for the programming and operations of the program assigned, develop policies and procedures for program operation, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. Provides leadership, direction, orientation, coaching, in-service training, staff development, and continuing education programs for assigned staff. Initiates and conducts program evaluations and complete designated clinical practice reviews and reports including productivity and book ability. Provides clinical treatment within PCMHI both face to face and virtually. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care at 1,321 health care facilities, including 172 VA Medical Centers and 1,138 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics) to over 9 million Veterans enrolled in the VA health care program. At VA Long Beach Healthcare System, our health care teams are deeply experienced and guided by the needs of Veterans, their families, and caregivers. Our medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including cardiology, mental health care, treatment for spinal cord injuries and disorders, suicide prevention, women’s health services, and more.