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 co-located, collaborative care (CCC) psychologist serves as a member of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI) Team at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. The PCMHI psychologist functions as part of an intradisciplinary Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT). The PACT is comprised of the lead clinical provider (PCP - MD, DO, ARNP, PA), RN Care Manager, LPN, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Psychologist, Social Worker, and in many cases a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician. The PCMHI Psychologist serves as the lead behavioral health consultant for the PACT team and assists with identification, treatment, and management of behavioral health conditions in the primary care patient population. The PCMHI psychologist provides generalist behavioral health interventions within the primary care clinics and follows a brief, time-limited model, which includes same-day access. Care provided by the PCMHI Psychologist is always collaborative in nature and involves open communication with the Veteran and each member of the PACT team as indicated. The primary care environment is generally fast-paced and presenting complaints are variable. The PCMHI psychologist must be highly flexible in his/her/their ability to function within the team, knowledgeable about VA policies, procedures, and guidance, and must be prepared to respond to consultation requests and urgent needs as efficiently as possible. Duties include, but are not limited to: Clinical Responsibilities: Provides a full range of integrated psychological care to Veterans within a primary care setting, including integrated screening, functional assessment, brief individual and group interventions (e.g., MOVE! Weight Management, Tobacco Use Cessation), collaborative care management, evidence-based psychotherapies, motivational interviewing, and other services. Produces timely, appropriate documentation of care in accordance with agency policies. Provides evidence-based psychotherapies tailored for use in PCMHI and supports others in training and implementation of these therapies. Provides clinical support to medical services, such as through behavioral medicine interventions, psychoeducational offerings, and screenings for medical conditions (e.g., dementia). Consults with health care providers of all disciplines on the PACT team regarding care for patients with mild-to-moderate mental & behavioral health disorders. Collaborates daily with primary care staff, mental health staff, substance abuse therapists, social workers, and health care providers in other behavioral health programs in support of patient care. Completes administrative activities in support of patient care, such as treatment planning and documentation of care, including Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), Comprehensive Suicide Risk Evaluations (CSRE), MH Safety Plans, Suicide Overdose and Behavior Reports (SBOR). Academic/Teaching/Training: Faculty member and member of training committee for facility's APA-accredited clinical psychology internship. Provides training and clinical supervision to interns in the program. Contributes to meetings and faculty training associated with the internship. May serve as faculty member for regional psychiatry residency. As requested, provides training and consultation for psychiatry residents doing rotations in Primary Care. Seeks and maintains clinical appointment through residency affiliated university. Provides training and clinical supervision to trainees in other mental health disciplines, medical students, nursing students, and others, as assigned. Administrative Duties: Develops and helps provide training to staff throughout the VAMC on VHA best practices and clinical practice guidelines for the treatment and management of Veterans with mild-to-moderate mental health problems. Assists PCMHI Program Manager in developing, monitoring, and reporting on outcome and performance measures. Assists PCMHI Program Manager with other administrative duties, as assigned. As assigned, serves on Service, Medical Center, VISN, and/or National committees or task forces related to assigned program. Work Schedule: 8AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday, Compressed 10 hour tours also available. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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