The psychologist for whom this functional statement applies is a member of the Mental Health in Primary Care Team of the Mental Health Service assigned to provide psychological services as a member of a Primary Care Teams at the North County CBOC. Incumbent provides the full range of psychological services as an integral member of the primary care team, including assessment, individual counseling, psychoeducational groups, and assisting the team in the clinical management of their patients by providing psychological expertise to the medical staff. Services provided will be a blend of face-to-face and telemental health coverage to various facilities within the VA St Louis Healthcare System.
A. Clinical Responsibilities: (90%)
1. Provides a full range of psychological assessment services and diagnoses mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients.
2. Provides education to patients, family members, and significant others.
3. Provides comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy.
4. Provides consultation to professional staff within VA St. Louis Healthcare System and to community providers, concerning clinical assessment findings and appropriate treatment plans for patients.
5. Develops, implements, and documents the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for patients on the Primary Care panel who require such treatment.
6. Completes Compensation and Pension exams.
7. Functions independently as a member of the VA St. Louis Healthcare System Medical Staff, with full clinical privileges. Assumes complete professional responsibility for his/her clinical assessment findings, patient care decisions, and documentation.
B. Administrative responsibilities: (10%)
1. Assists the Chief of Psychology and ACOS in the design, development, and implementation of clinical programs for a team of treatment providers.
2. Adheres to operational policies and procedures established by the Chief of Psychology and ACOS MHS.
3. Assists the Chief of Psychology and ACOS MHS in the execution of ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program.
4. Facilitates liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services.
5. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients.
6. Complies with all CPRS documentation procedures, including timeliness standards for documentation and proper patient check out procedures (e.g., entering diagnostic and procedure codes).
7. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Psychology, ACOS MHS (or designee) and facility Director.
8. Attends regular Psychology Service staff meetings, Medical Staff meetings, and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures.