Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 874254

NOTE:  The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13.  The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-11 to GS-13.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed.  The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Recruitment/Relocation incentive may be authorized for well qualified candidates and will require a one year commitment to the facility.

Our mission:  To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  

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Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities; [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities] and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

Duties

As a staff psychologist within the Mental Health Service Line (MHSL), the incumbent will provide a full range of psychological services to Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) patients, including screening; psychological, cognitive, and capacity assessments; psychotherapy; and prevention-oriented services.  Mental health treatment and prevention-oriented services will emphasize evidence-based and best practice approaches.  The incumbent will also provide evidence-based interventions to help HBPC patients manage behavioral factors associated with behavioral medicine problems and to promote medical compliance.  The incumbent will function as a full member of the HBPC team and provide ongoing team consultation services to other HBPC team members.  Process and outcome measures will be implemented to evaluate the impact of providing specialty mental health services on HBPC programs and patients.  In addition to the primary role as mental health provider for HBPC, the incumbent will have secondary duties in other geriatrics and extended care settings.  Duties in geriatrics and extended care will include direct service provision and consultation with medical staff on geriatric mental health issues.

Normal Work Schedule:  Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 4:30PM.  In order to meet the needs of veterans and the organization, incumbent may be asked  to work alternate hours (e.g., nights and weekends). On-call  psychiatric evaluations and consultative duties for veterans who present off-tours at the Emergency Department will be part of this position and scheduled on a rotational basis with existing psychiatric staff.  Some or all of the above duties can be fulfilled via telemental health procedures and media, as well as through conference call consultation.

The work requires a valid driver's license and the ability to drive long distances on sub-standard roads and access homes that may be poor in condition and have poor environmental controls.  Work is performed in the office, medical center, and the patient's home.  The home setting may be hot, cold, have unsound floors, bug infestation, etc. which requires special home visit safety precautions.