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Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 882243

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

NOTE: Announcement will have 2-week cutoffs.  Applications received prior to the cutoffs will be referred for consideration.  A selection may be made prior to the closing date.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission. The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.


The Mental Health Service at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center is seeking a board certified or eligible psychiatrist to run the Behavioral Health Access Center.

The Director of the Behavioral Health Access Center is responsible for the following critical duties:

·         Oversees the scheduling and clinical care delivery for an average of 152 new mental health intake evaluations per month.

·         Ensures that veterans in the Access Center receive comprehensive assessment and diagnostic treatment planning prior to referral for specialty mental health care.

·         Oversees a total of 40 clinicians who work in the Access Center to provide initial outpatient triage, diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, and disposition care for veterans entering the mental health system.

·         Oversees a team of 10 clinicians who provide backup to the Access Center in case of an Access Center staff clinician absence

·         Coordinates training and educational experiences for psychology interns, psychology externs, medical students and psychiatry residents who rotate in the Access Center as part of their mental health training program.

·         Participates in pilot programs to enhance and improve initial engagement in care for veterans. This includes partnering with medical practice to pilot new programs to integrate mental health care with general medical care. It also includes development of a substance abuse group program that serves veterans who want to contemplate the health effects of their substance use but are not ready to engage in abstinence only treatment.

·         Ensures all aspects of smooth operations and quality improvement such that veterans who are requesting mental health treatment are offered an initial intake appointment within 5-7 days.

Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday.

Relocation expenses have not been authorized. A relocation or recruitment incentive may be approved.