Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI))
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee
Internal Number: 619752500
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 incumbent serves as a Psychologist for the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program. The PC-MHI program provides behavioral health consultation, assessment, intervention, and triaging within the Primary Care clinics and serves as a primary point of access for patients in need of behavioral healthcare. Patients access PC-MHI services through "warm hand-offs" from Primary Care providers as well as through walking into Primary Care during business hours. Critical functions of the PC-MHI program are to provide patients with easily-accessible, same-day behavioral health evaluation and intervention, and to facilitate patients in accessing appropriate longer-term behavioral healthcare within the James H. Quillen VA Medical center (JHQVAMC) as needed. Whenever appropriate, patients are triaged for care within PC-MHI. When higher levels, or other types, of behavioral healthcare care are needed, patients are referred to the appropriate treatment programs, and successful initiation of care in those programs is facilitated by PC-MHI staff. The PC-MHI Psychologist functions within fast-paced primary care teams with the primary goals of assisting primary care teams with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population. Major duties include, but are not limited to: Provides brief, targeted therapeutic interventions including, evidence-based individual, psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral therapy and/or Motivational Interviewing within the Primary Care setting. Provides treatment in a variety of settings, including tele-mental health. Initiates contact with Primary Clinic/PACT to provide education and consultation regarding behavioral health services. Routinely consults with, and provides feedback to, PCPs and other PACT team members about plan of care for patients. Facilitates access to care for Veterans referred by the PCP or who self-refer seeking access to behavioral health care. Establishes a process to be available to PACT providers for consultation regarding patient care, as well as for direct handoff of patients for brief bio-psycho-social assessment, brief, evidence-based, problem-focused interventions, treatment planning, and triaging to appropriate- levels of behavioral healthcare. Provides appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans. Documents patient care in the patient medical record via the Computerized Patient Record System. Training regarding the use of the Computerized Patient Record System will be provided by the VAMC. All Documentation shall be completed in accordance with VA policy and procedures. Provides consultative services to other JHQVAMC programs, as needed regarding symptoms and available EBTs. Participates in committee assignments, as deemed necessary by the Chief of Psychology Specialty Care and/or the ACOS, MH Service. Completes all mandatory web-based trainings by stipulated due dates. Provides staffing coverage to support the general mission of the assigned program, including functions related to interdisciplinary staff coverage, addressing urgent and crisis patient events/situations, and assisting in the training functions of the program, as assigned and consistent with professional skills, training and experience. Documents such activities as consistent with all applicable medical center policies and procedures. Conducts functional assessments, based on 30-45-minute appointments and will triage/refer to specialty care services as appropriate. Utilizes outcome evaluations to further treatment and designs system changes based on empirical findings. Provides education to PACT on Behavioral Health issues as well as consultation on tips for successful care management and patient facilitation, even when no direct patient contact. Is responsible for participating in clinical program development and is accountable to clinical program effectiveness and modification of service patterns. Participates in the professional development of colleagues through mentorship and teaching. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Psychologist (Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI))/PD000000 EDRP Authorized: Contact email@example.com, the EDRP Coordinators for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized 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.