The New Mexico VA Healthcare System (NMVAHCS) Behavioral Health Care Line is seeking an experienced independently licensed provider (Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Psychologist or Social Worker) to lead the Outpatient Specialty Mental Health Programs at the Raymond G. Murphey Medical Center. The primary role of the incumbent will be to develop a system of coordination across Specialty Mental Health Programs. The incumbent will facilitate and Lead the Substance Use Disorders, PTSD (Men's and Women's Trauma Treatment) and Psych Primary Care Programs, This position will report to the Chief of Psychology. The Behavioral Health Care Line (BHCL) at New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS) is one of the largest clinical care lines within the Southwest Region Veterans Integrated Service Network. The BHCL provides medical and mental health services to Veterans state-wide and the VA catchment area of SW Colorado. The facility is located on a beautiful and well maintained campus in Albuquerque in view of the Sandia Mountains and the nearby Sandia National Laboratories. It is an affiliated training site for the University of New Mexico Campus and Medical School. Here an extraordinary climate combines with cultural, academic, and outdoor opportunities to make an exceptional setting for a fulfilling professional life and a well- balanced personal lifestyle. The Specialty Care Program Manager has overall responsibility for the operation and management of MTTP, WSDTT and SUD programs at NMVAHCS all of which are programs designed to deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the facility and that significantly impact the health care provided to Veterans. The work of this position is highly complex, involving broad program management skills, supervisory skills and clinical skills, all of which require the exercise of mature autonomous judgment and flexible use of a wide range of professional abilities. Decisions across assignments are made exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. The incumbent directly or indirectly supervises all specialty care clinic providers. The incumbent reports to the Section Chief of Outpatient Mental Health but largely operates on a day-to-day basis in an independent manner, with full responsibility to keep the supervisor or BHCL leadership team apprised of activities and any issues in need of close collaboration. The incumbent advises the Behavioral Health Care Line leadership team, BHCL program managers and the facility's Executive Leadership Team concerning specialty care services at the individual patient level and for the facility and the Veteran community. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Assignment. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, complexity (difficulty), and variety, and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time. Psychologist program managers have broad program management responsibilities for a specific program or programs that are designed to deliver specialized, complex, highly professional services that are important program components of the facility and that significantly impact the health care provided to Veterans. Programs include but are not limited to addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), mental health compensation and pension examination (C&P) programs, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers, inpatient mental health, residential rehabilitation, domiciliary, palliative care, neuropsychology, and internship and postdoctoral fellowship training programs; management of an off campus site; psychology program oversight and coordination throughout the facility and its affiliated clinics as a psychology executive, typically at lower complexity facilities. Decisions made by the Program Manager affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made while exercising wide latitude and independent judgment. The type of program managed and scope of responsibility are critical aspects of the assignment at this level. Responsibilities include operation and management of key clinical, training, research, or administrative programs to include full responsibility for managing the day to day activities of those programs. Responsibility may include supervision of staff but is not required. Psychologist Program Managers are responsible for strategic planning to ensure the provision of high quality services to meet the needs of the Veterans being served and planning, and developing and implementing short- and long-term goals and objectives consistent with the program's strategic plan. They have oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and deploy those resources in support of the program needs. They develop and implement programs, policies, and procedures to meet program goals, VHA policy and external accreditation requirements, and monitor outcomes using data-driven quality assurance processes, and implement strategies for improvement based on data analysis.
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.