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. Learn more Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) functions as an extension of the PACT Team and serves as the access point to mental health. The Incumbent works within the PCMHI Model serving as a Clinical Psychologist/Behavioral Health Consult. He/she works closely with the physician team lead, nurse case manager and all teamlets to provide brief assessment and consultation/referral for veterans with psychosocial concerns covering the full spectrum of disorders, from subclinical distress to serious mental health concerns. Behavioral Health Consultants provide brief treatment for: Mild to moderate mental health concerns i.e., mild depression or anxiety, behavioral health concerns to include insomnia, treatment adherence, and pain management, and lifestyle concerns such as exercise, quitting tobacco, weight management, and reducing alcohol use. The PCMHI team also works with Primary Care Providers for follow-up of Behavioral Health Medication prescriptions. Services are offered in an individual, group, and telehealth format. The work is comprised of providing clinical services consistent with accepted standards of ethical and professional mental health treatment Major duties and responsibilities include: Provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the primary care setting, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and suicide assessment; Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions found to be effective in primary care settings; Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the primary care setting and the specific presenting mental or behavioral health issues; Provides consultation services to support PCP decision-making, building on PCP interventions and improving PCP-patient working relationships; Provides interventions with a focus on allowing patients to remain with their Primary Care Provider (PCP) for the full range of their health care needs to the extent that this is clinically appropriate. Provides administrative duties including: Scheduling of Veterans and related issues, returning Veterans' phone calls and secure messages, writing reports, attending organizational meetings. Provides consultation and training to Primary Care Service Line staff in the identification and management of common mental and behavioral health disorders that present in a primary care setting when indicated; May supervise pre-doctoral Psychology trainees, and may participate in the supervision of trainees in other disciplines, including medical and psychiatric residents assigned to the Primary Care Service for rotations; Assists the PCMHI Coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers. Assist the program PCMHI Coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes). Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:40pm (Work schedule may be negotiable and may be determined during the hiring process). Compressed/Flexible: May be available for a highly qualified candidate. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position may be eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. To participate in the program, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA Policy 1021 and submit your application within 4 months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility periods is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. The VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator can be reached at V20-EDRPGroup@va.gov.
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