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 The Primary Care Mental Health Integration Psychologist is administratively within the Mental Health Service Line, with primary assignment to the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) program, located within primary care. This position is primarily located at the Uptown Division of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia. The incumbent functions as part of multidisciplinary primary care teams, and delivers brief, consultation-based services to Veterans within that setting. The focus is on general service delivery for a wide range of concerns and resolving problems within the primary care service context. Behavioral health visits are brief (generally 20--30 minutes), limited in number (1-6 visits), and are provided in the primary care practice area, structured so that the Veteran views meeting with the behavioral health provider as a routine primary care service. The PCMHI Psychologist functions within primary care teams and can expect to consult with 8-10 patients per day with the primary goals of assisting PACT members with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population. Duties include, but are not limited to: Provides a full range of psychological services to Veterans enrolled in the Primary Care clinics, including diagnostic, psychological, and cognitive screening assessments; psychotherapy; psychoeducation and caregiver support; and prevention-oriented services, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches. Utilizes evidence-based and best practice approaches to assist Veterans, caregivers, and staff in managing behavioral factors associated with chronic medical problems and in promoting medical compliance. Functions as a full member of the Primary Care clinic teams and provides ongoing team consultation services to other Primary Care clinic team members. Provides clinical supervision to psychology trainees, including practicum students, predoctoral interns, and postdoctoral fellows. Serves as a consultant to other medical center staff and trainees and assists in their formulation of the psychological characteristics and appropriate treatment expectations regarding their patients. Designs, implements, and evaluates health care delivery programs for Primary Care patient populations. Implements process and outcome measures to evaluate the impact of providing specialty mental health services on Primary Care programs and patients. Is responsible for timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Serves on Medical Center or Healthcare System, VISN, and/or National VA committees or task forces as discussed with supervisor. Actively participates in local, state, and national professional organizations. All other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified applicants. The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. PCS is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. Relocation expenses are authorized for this position, however, Appraised Value Offer (AVO), formerly known as the Guaranteed Home Buy Out (GHBO) program, is NOT authorized. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.
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.