Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 948394

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.  
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to 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. VA BHHCS provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, along with residential rehabilitation treatment program (RRTP) services, extended nursing home care and tertiary psychiatric inpatient care services, for veterans residing in 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. he Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience and recommend the step at which the candidate will be placed in that specific grade.  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 not authorized for this position.


This position is located in the Home Based Primary Care Program (HBPC) within the Extended Care and Rehab Service Line at the Hot Springs and Fort Meade campuses with travel to Veteran homes primarily within the service area of the HBPC teams. As the mental health provider for the Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) teams, this individual will:

1.) Perform mental health prevention, assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services.

2.) Visit patients in various settings, including their home, other nursing homes, or assisted living centers.. 

3.) Provide coverage in other geriatrics and extended care settings including but not limited to Medical Foster Home, Dementia, Hospice/Palliative Care and Caregiver Support.

4.) Promote communication/interactions between medical team members, other service lines, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process

5.) Train staff members on managing behavioral issues

The incumbent needs to have a keen awareness of customer service concepts. The ability to manage activity in a busy outpatient setting involving a variety of patients from varying socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.  Strong clinical assessment and organizational skills as well as highly developed and effective interpersonal skills and consistent ability to project a positive image for VA Black Hills Health Care System are required.

Location: Extended Care and Rehab, Fort Meade or Hot Springs, SD

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm