Job Overview

Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 943195 

WHO WE ARE: We are people who take great pride and deep satisfaction in providing America's veterans with the best clinical care, the most innovative technology, and the most comprehensive array of benefits America has to offer.

 

MISSION & VISION: "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." –Abraham Lincoln

 

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.

 

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans? As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. Come join our team and get pure job satisfaction, while caring for those who have served (or are currently serving) our country...our nation's Veterans.

 

The Perry Point VA Medical Center provides primary care and specialty outpatient services in a new outpatient care facility that was designed and constructed to better meet the needs of veterans by offering the latest medical technology, expanded clinical space and comfortable waiting areas and exam rooms.

 

The Perry Point VA Medical Center is located on a beautiful campus of approximately 400 acres on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay where patients can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, including fishing, swimming, bicycling and jogging. Plus, there is ample, free parking on the grounds.

 

Top 5 reasons YOU should choose a career with VA:

5. A premium benefits package

4. A fulfilling and challenging work environment

3. Work where you want to live

2. On-the-job growth and advancement

1. To discover the career you want, for the future you deserve

 

Be a member of a team providing compassionate healthcare to veterans. We are an employer of choice who is a center of excellence in patient care, education and research. We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence; we value you. Go to http://www.va.gov/ for more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Duties

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-13. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-11 through GS-13. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s qualifications 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.

 

TOUR OF DUTY: This is a full-time position; 8:00a-4:30p. Some evening hours are required to improve Veteran access to care.  Some early morning and weekend hours are also required to enhance access to care.

PRIMARY DUTY LOCATION: Perry Point VA Medical Center. Some travel between sites may be required, for patient care and coordination of services, from time to time.

INCENTIVES: Relocation expenses, recruitment/relocation incentives are not authorized for this position. 

 

This position is assigned to the Mental Health Clinical Center (MHCC), VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS), and will serve as a Clinical Health Psychologist. The position is located at the Perry Point VA Medical Center campus of our multi-site Health Care System. This co-located, collaborative care position is primarily assigned to the Primary Care- Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program, and is co-located within primary care. The incumbent will function as part of multidisciplinary primary care teams, and will deliver brief, consultation-based services to Veterans, primary care providers, and allied Patient Alliance Care Team (PACT) members. The focus is on general 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. The incumbent will 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. 

 

Duties include, but are not limited to a full range of psychodiagnostic and clinical health psychologist services including assessment and using the most appropriate, evidence-based interventions in providing high quality care. S/he provides functional assessment, triage, brief intervention, education and consultative services regarding a wide range of mental health and behavioral medicine concerns, on referral from primary care providers and allied PACT members. The PC-MHI psychologist uses population based practice management strategies and maintains competences in the following core domains. The incumbent is skilled in identifying a wide range of patient care issues that may overlap between mental health and medical conditions, e.g., chronic pain, addictive disorders including prescribed medications, infectious diseases (i.e., AIDS/HIV), Traumatic Brain Injury (screening), diabetes, and other serious medical illnesses, along with the spectrum of psychological/psychiatric disorders more commonly seen in Primary Care, e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD, dementia (screening), etc.  The incumbent ideally need not necessarily have specialized expertise in other areas, e.g., PTSD, Neuropsychology, etc. S/he need not spend extensive time administering psychological tests (though that may be indicated at times) but, rather, is proficient in a wide range of screens to consult, assess, and refer to more specialized assessment and treatment program. S/he is able to assess, diagnose, refer, and treat a wide range of health and mental health conditions and crisis intervention.  Excellent interpersonal skills and expertise interacting with diverse health care disciplines, e.g., Health Behavior Coordinator, social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists, and administrators/managers is vital.  Consultative skills, time management, flexibility and willingness to be interrupted to respond to urgent/emergent Primary Care situations, and “curb-side consults” is also necessary. The incumbent may also perform the following: VA police psychological evaluations after appropriate training, perform Compensation and Pension exams after appropriate training, perform MHARC evaluations, performs other duties as requested or assigned.