Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):   886857 


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. 

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota, where we are known for our blue skies, pine forests, rich history, moderate climate and friendly western hospitality.  The VA BHHCS provides primary, surgical, behavioral health, community living center (nursing home care) and domiciliary (residential  rehabilitation treatment program --RRTP) care for Veterans residing in western South Dakota and portions of Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.  Care is delivered through the Fort Meade (near Sturgis) and Hot Springs VA medical Centers, as well as through a number of community-based outpatient and rural outreach clinics.  VA Black Hills is part of VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23).  For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply.  The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.


This is a collaborative care (CCC) psychologist position with primary assignment to the Primary Care- Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program, located within primary care. A substantial portion of this assignment involves serving as a pain management specialist. The CCC behavioral health provider (psychologist) functions as part of multidisciplinary primary care teams, and delivers brief, consultation-based services to Veterans, primary care providers, and allied Patient Alliance Care Team (PACT) members.

The primary focus is on service delivery for a wide range of concerns and resolving problems within the primary care service context. Behavioral health visits are brief (generally 20--30 minutes), limited in number (1-6 visits), and are provided in the primary care practice area, structured so that the patient views meeting with the behavioral health provider as a routine primary care service. CCC BHPs function within fast-paced primary care teams and can expect to consult with 8-10 patients per day with the primary goals of assisting PACT members with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population.

A secondary focus is on pain management working as part of the pain management treatment team. In addition to the above, the psychologist will function as a key member of the multidisciplinary pain management team and provide individual and group psychotherapy and behavioral intervention for Veterans with chronic pain.

A Psychologist with a full and unrestricted license to practice independently,

at the full performance level of GS-13 is preferred.