The VA Home-Based Primary Care (HBPC) program provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary care services in the homes of Veterans with complex and chronic, disabling disease. The Psychologist may use telehealth modalities to provide therapeutic interventions. In addition to primary care interventions, HBPC provides palliative care, rehabilitation, disease management, and care coordination services. HBPC targets Veterans in advanced stages of chronic disease, particularly those at high risk of recurrent hospitalization or nursing home placement.
The incumbent must diagnose mental disorders, conduct psychological and/or neuropsychological screening/assessments, and treat mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provide adjunctive interventions for treatment of medical disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, couples, family, and/or group psychotherapies, and other interventions such as cognitive rehabilitation and/or environmental interventions. The psychologist will consult with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues. Staff psychologists may be involved in program evaluation and/or research activities. The incumbent reports to the Director, Home Based Primary Care for administrative supervision. Clinical oversight is accomplished through a senior discipline specialist within the Mental Health Service Line.
The HBPC psychologist functions in accordance with the policies, principals, professional ethics and techniques of accepted Psychology practice to include the American Psychological Association, professional licensing code, and state law. Additional guides are available in the form of Veterans Administration directives; program guides, bulletins and circulars; Center Memoranda; Medical Staff By-Laws; applicable Labor-Management Bargaining Agreements; and external accreditation agencies utilized by the VA Medical Center (TJC, CARF, etc.). Incumbent is expected to independently make use of guides in a creative flexible manner and must use sound judgment in selecting techniques or introducing new practices and methods, adapting these as necessary to fit the needs of the patient population with which s/he serves.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00 am - 4:30 pm).
Note: This position will require provider visits to HBPC
patients in their homes so individual selected must have and maintain a valid
driver's license. A GSA vehicle will be used, if available; otherwise access
to a personal vehicle will be required to travel to patient homes.
Reimbursement of mileage at government approved rates will be approved if
personal vehicle is used.
Position Description (Title/PD): Psychologist (HBPC) / Functional Statement
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Incentives may be authorized for this position.