Incumbent will perform as the Chief, Mental Health in the Community Based Outpatient Clinics Section (MH in CBOCs). He/she will provide approximately 95 percent program management services to include: oversight of administrative and programmatic resources and responsibilities for a program that delivers outpatient treatment and related services and interventions including medication management, assessment, case management, psychotherapy, and education for Veterans with a full range of mental health treatment needs. Incumbent will be responsible for directing the activities of multidisciplinary clinical teams comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, advance practice nurses, addiction therapists, counselors, and program clerks. Duties include directing, administering, and managing all aspects of the MH in CBOCs section, including comprehensive planning, developing, and implementing programs, policies, and procedures; determining program needs; overseeing short and long range program goals, initiatives, and direction; ensuring CBOC compliance with policies and procedures of the MHCL, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS), Veterans Integrated Systems Network (VISN), and Federal rules and regulations; ensuring that the CBOCs comply with current performance measures; maintaining high standards through the review and judicious application of evidenced based practices, practice guidelines, and best practices methodology; developing quality management and performance improvement practices, and reporting the results to the Chief, MHCL; and overseeing the completion of any evaluation reports. Incumbent will provide care as a credentialed and privileged Licensed Independent Practitioner who will establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and exercise professional judgment to provide treatment for Veterans, and will provide approximately 5 percent direct patient care to include direct services to selected patients and/or selected treatment programs; diagnostic interviews, assessments, psychotherapy, and case management to Veterans; provide behavioral expertise, education, and multidisciplinary consultation with primary care staff at all CBOCs in the management of mental health clients; assess the need for referral for additional services of mental health clients; coordinate with providers within MHCL and TVHS when other care such as psychiatric or palliative care is involved; mediation as requested by local, regional, state and Federal agencies and elected representatives; and review and translate research into practical interventions for improved patient outcomes. Incumbent will designate section priorities and objectives and work independent of immediate supervision.
Work Schedule: Based on the needs of the service.