The Behavior Health Coordinator and Primary Care Mental Health Integration Counselor is a full-time position under the Behavioral Health Careline/MH ICC. The Syracuse VAMC has a large mental health service located in a highly complex (complexity level 1C) VA facility, covering thirteen (13) counties and including seven (7) CBOC's. It provides diverse services to Veterans, families and caregivers, and is an affiliated tertiary care health care system. Serves as the Health Behavior Coordinator for the Syracuse VAMC. Requires advanced training in behavioral medicine and serves several roles. Trains, mentors and guides primary care and other staff members to support patient self-management of health-related behaviors. Primarily responsible for the regular delivery of formal Motivational Interviewing and TEACH didatic trainings to primary care staff. Has a significant role as a consultant for clinical staff members who promote patient self-management of health behavior. Works closely with the HPDP Program Manager to develop new or adapt existing VHA programs, guide implementation, and coordinate evaluation strategies to determine the efficacy of health promotion and disease prevention programs. Will have clinical responsibilities related to health promotion interventions. Will have clinical responsibilities as part of the Primary Care Mental Health Integration Program. Provides Behavioral Health services and interventions to the Veteran population enrolled in Primary Care at the Syracuse VA Medical Center and associated Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Provides ongoing consultation with the Veteran's Primary Care Provider to ensure collaborative care of the Veteran's treatment needs. Diagnoses mental disorders. Accepts formal consultation requests as well as "warm handoffs" from primary care providers and conducts brief psychological assessments. Facilitates Connecting Veterans with the most appropriate behavioral health services. Uses a population-based approach (1-6 sessions) to address behavioral health concerns for Veterans in need of only short-term care. Provides behavioral based interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Serves as the lead clinical consultant to the medical center staff on health behavior coaching. Maintains awareness of and provides consultation on the evidence basis for health behavior interventions. Works with Primary Care and Nursing Leadership to provide specific training and consultation Contributes to training of Primary care team and others. Contributes to behavioral health programs such as MOVE. Performs specialty health psychology assessments/intervention. Consults and collaborates with primary care staff. Participates in Primary Care meetings and activities as appropriate. Participates in monthly PCMHI Staff meetings, typically by conference call. Participates in program evaluation, clinical outcomes management, and research activities as needed. May provide telephone and/or telehealth PCMHI services to other community based clinics of the Syracuse VA. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Alternative available 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.