The Western Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) full-time (40 hrs Weekly) Psychiatrist to fill a Section Chief position in Grand Junction, Colorado. Recruitment / Relocation Incentive may be authorized for highly qualified individuals. Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) # 10-575-9 may be authorized for highly qualified individuals. Psychiatrist Section Chief will join a supportive leadership team in a small, collegial Mental Health Service. Psychiatrist Section Chief will split time between administrative, supervisory, and clinical duties, per below. They diagnose and treat mental health disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Psychiatrists prescribe medications according to their scope of practice. WCHCS Psychiatry Section Chief 60% of time in supervisory / administrative duties to include: Serve as member of Mental Health Service Leadership team. Supervise Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners and Psychiatrists. Responsible for proficiency reports, personnel actions, recruitment and retention and all related personnel tasks with support and guidance from service chief. Responsible for oversight of outpatient and inpatient psychiatry services. Ensure quality, safety and value of psychiatric services via ongoing professional practice evaluations, medical records reviews and support of staff in implementing evidence-based practice. Participate in mental health leadership team meetings and hospital committees (e.g., Peer Review). Contribute to process improvement for psychiatric services in the Mental Health Service. Lead team in meeting national initiatives (e.g., Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative) 40% of time spent in clinical duties to include: Assess, diagnose, and treat mental health diagnoses (DSM-5). Perform a complete mental health history, relevant health history, physical examination, and biopsychosocial assessment. Formulate mental health diagnosis and treatment goals based on data obtained from assessment. Assess, stabilize, and determine disposition of patients with emergent mental health conditions consistent with medical staff policy regarding emergency and consultative call service. Provide psychiatric treatment of substance abuse (acute & chronic, including detoxification). Develop individualized mental health treatment plans for assigned patients. Reassess and modify treatment plans as necessary to achieve mental health goals. Administer and interpret standardized measures to assess patient outcomes and progress. Provide mental health consultation to other disciplines/services and the medicine wards. Conduct psychopharmacotherapy according to VA regulation and within the guidelines of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Manage psychiatric treatment of patients on the Mental Health inpatient unit, including discharge. Serve as on-call back-up clinician for the Mental Health Service in coordination with the first on-call nurse practitioner or psychologist, providing mental health consultation (typically via phone) to the Emergency Department and medicine wards and conducting clinical rounds/H&P on the mental health inpatient unit, if needed. Participate in quality improvement review, including systematic review of records. Maintain timely, accurate, legible and confidential medical records Provide the above specified services in person and via telemedicine technology. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 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.