The VISN 10 Chief Mental Health Officer (CMHO) serves as the primary consultant to the VISN 10 Chief Medical Officer and Network Director on issues related to preventing suicide, improving Veterans' mental health, and addressing Veteran public health issues. The CMHO also has overall oversight responsibility for VISN 10 facility MH operations to ensure compliant, effective and efficient programs are in place,. The incumbent serves as the Senior Social Worker / CEPC for a VISN 10 facility, reporting directly to the Director or Supervisor of Suicide Prevention at that facility. The Senior Social Worker is responsible for outreach and coalition-building aimed to promote evidence based practices in suicide prevention in the community. VA is promoting this public health strategy in an effort to more effectively work toward eliminating Veteran suicide. The CEPC will work to deploy best practices which are evidence based into the community by engaging stakeholders in coalitions to support this shared mission. This position requires professional administrative expertise, mature judgment, tact, discretion, and the ability to interact with a variety of contacts in an effective and professional manner. The incumbent must be able to understand a wide variety of issues and policies in order to ensure program goals and objectives are met. The incumbent must understand the gravity and responsibility of the position, and be able to prioritize, problem solve, and monitor processes so that efficiency, accuracy, and VA compliances are maintained. He or She must also understand the utility of professional consultation and will be someone who has demonstrated an ability to use it successfully. The incumbent must successfully interface with individuals and groups with a wide variety of educational levels, socioeconomic backgrounds, divergent opinions, and priorities. The Senior Social Worker/CEPC is responsible for helping to diffuse best practices within the facility, and beyond the facility and into the community. These will be communicated to the CEPC by the VISN 10 SP Program Manager, who will work at the VISN level to ensure all CEPCs and VISN/Facility leadership are well informed and can support the work of the CEPC. To drive program goals and practices forward, and to ensure buy in, the CEPC will attend all trainings and meetings assigned. This will help the CEPC to maintain a working knowledge suicide prevention strategies, which will help to ensure s/he is able to work effectively as expectations and information change. S/he will coordinate with their home facility Suicide Prevention team to ensure all facility stake holders are well informed. The incumbent will also participate in ongoing program evaluation and analysis, which will support further program improvements at his / her own facility, and also VISN-wide. Evaluations will be data driven, and adhere to the VA Management System, or the PDSI format. Reports will adhere to expected format, and be provided at regular intervals. It is expected that the Senior Social Worker remain organized, and ensure ongoing data tracking so that interim reporting is maintained. Ideally, the Senior Social Worker/CEPC will have a working knowledge of the MH SAIL and other nationally tracked quality metrics. The CEPC will attend, participate in, and provide community based education, and it is expected that this individual be able to present and represent VA work with a high degree of professionalism. The CEPC will support the efforts of the facility level Suicide Prevention Program and will perform duties as assigned. In addition, the incumbent will work closely with the VISN SP Program Manager so that VISN-level reports can be maintained as expected. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday with variable tours, based on spoke site(s) Minor changes in tour may be needed based on the needs of the agency. 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.