Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 898337

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 El Paso VAHCS is part of VISN 18 Network, and is a standalone ambulatory care facility with over 600 employees and growing. This opportunity offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, liberal vacation and predictable work hours with potential for an academic faculty appointment. We are an out-patient clinic with working hours from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

This is an opportunity to move to the Great Southwest, where shopping and museums are abundant and located conveniently in town.  Available outdoor adventures include camping, horseback riding, biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snow tubing.

 

El Paso is a jewel in the desert. El Paso is the 6th largest city in the state of Texas, with a population of 700,000. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a western town. El Paso offers a multicultural experience as it is situated on the boarder of two nations and two states.

 

El Paso provides abundant cultural and entertainment opportunities, year-round sports and outdoor recreation, the lowest crime rate of any major city in the continental US, and some of the best weather conditions on the planet. The sun shines 300 days a year! It has affordable housing, an extremely favorable low cost of living index, a medical school, several universities and a community college. We are a cosmopolitan community; people from all over the world come here to live, work, gather for business and retire.


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.


The incumbent for this position may be eligible to apply for the Education Debt Reduction Program.  Please contact Human Resources at this medical center and speak with the Education Debt Reduction Program Coordinator for additional information.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp.

Recruitment Incentive: Recruitment incentive may be authorized for this position.

EDRP: The applicant selected for this position may be eligible to apply for an education loan reimbursement award under the provisions of the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).

Duties

Substance Abuse:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for those persons diagnosed with substance use disorders.

-Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within the El Paso VAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients with substance use disorders.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the El Paso VAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all computerized patient record system (CPRS) documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

General Mental Health and Traumatic Brain Injury:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for  complex or unusually difficult patients.

-Conducts cognitive evaluations and screenings for Veterans referred to TBI team.

-Conducts diagnostic and neurobehavioral histories and interviews, as well as psychological and personality assessment, of Veterans referred to the TBI team.

-Provides education on TBI to internal and external sources as requested.

-Provides individual, group, and family psycho-educational service to TBI team referrals.

-Provides training, didactics, and supervision to psychiatry residents, psychology and other trainees, and fellows.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy to those utilizing mental health services.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within EPVAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan in MHS. This includes prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the EPVAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the supervisor in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the MHS Chief.

-Assist the program supervisor in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Supervisor, MHS (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends Mental Health staff meetings and Medical Staff meetings, when appropriate, and complies with peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for those persons diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

-Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within the El Paso VAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients with PTSD.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the El Paso VAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

Suicide Prevention:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-The SPC functions as a coordinator of care of Veterans at high risk. Tracks high-risk patients and monitors treatment to ensure that needed services are being received.

-Completes referrals/consults from the National Crisis Hotline.

-Plays an active role in RCAs (Root Cause Analysis) for completed suicides by performing individual case reviews, assists with preparation of yearly aggregate summaries, and facilitates the implementation of system improvement recommended by the Team.

-Provides training to clinical and non-clinical staff in the facility, CBOC’s and community about risk factors, warning signs, treatment options and resources.

-Establishes an on-going training program with non-clinical frontline staff to assure that they are aware of options for patients whom they come in contact during crisis situations.

-Promotes the use of evidence-based interventions and strategies for suicide prevention in the medical center.

-Develops and distributes outreach materials to include brochures, fact sheets, web content, and other targeted information which highlights suicide prevention, warning signs and risk factors.

-Develops and implements ongoing plan for providers, Veterans, families and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide and treatment options.

-Independently plans, designs, implements the program, determines program goals and objectives, and completes reports for the VISN or VA Central Office. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change.

-Prepares and maintains administrative records, data bases, and reports in accordance with VACO and local guidelines.

-Develops and monitors quality improvement measures. The incumbent formulates and implements an internal evaluation process through which progress toward goals and objectives can be objectively monitored. Implements changes based on the results of evaluations and performs impact assessments of these changes. Ensures that any required external evaluation of the program is submitted within established time frames.

-Interfaces with services throughout the facility, including but not limited to medical providers and patient advocate, to resolve administrative and clinical problems. This includes collaboration on individual patients and the coordination of medical care within the treatment team.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns when applicable.

-Provides in-services to community organizations regarding the function of the program.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN-18, National, or University):

-May be assigned other duties and participate in special committee’s or ad hoc progress action teams.

-May be asked to participate in VISN or National committee’s.

General Mental Health:

Clinical Responsibilities:

-Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.

-Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.

-Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.

-Provides consultation to professional staff within El Paso VAHCS and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.

-Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned caseload of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders.

-Functions independently as a member of the El Paso VAHCS Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges.

-Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.

Administrative responsibilities:

-Assists the program director or coordinator in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.

-Adheres to operational policies and procedures for the treatment team, established by the Chief, Mental Health Service.

-Assist the program director or coordinator in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.

-Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.

-Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.

-Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).

-Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief, Mental Health Service (or designee) and facility Director.

-Attends regular Mental Health Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Mental Health Service peer review procedures.

Teaching and Training:

-Provides clinical supervision and instruction for psychiatry residents, medical students, social work interns and psychology interns (when applicable).

-May be affiliated with the local Medical School with a faculty appointment.

Other Significant Responsibilities (El Paso VAHCS, VISN 18, National, or University):

-May be asked to serve on various committees

-May be assigned tasks or special project assignments.