Mental Health Service Line (MHSL) is a position that provides management
leadership and oversight of all mental health clinical, educational, and
research activities at that Atlanta VAMC. The incumbent is a key member of the
organizations clinical leadership team and reports directly to the Deputy
Chief of Staff (DCOS). He/she ensures observance of federal, national, and
local regulatory policy and accreditation requirements governing the medical
center. He/She is responsible for strategic planning, budget oversight, staff
recruitment and management, and quality assurance.
Health Service Line (MHSL) at the Atlanta VAMC is dedicated to providing the
highest quality mental health (MH) care in a timely manner to veterans in the
Atlanta VAMC catchment area. MH services
are offered at the main hospital campus and ten Community-Based VA
clinics. MHSL programs include: Mental
Health Assessment Team (MHAT), General Mental Health Clinics (GMHC) , Primary
Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), Acute Mental Health Services , Psychosocial
Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC), Mental Health Intensive Case
Management (MHICM) program, Trauma Recovery Program (TRP), Substance Abuse
Treatment Program (SATP), Healthcare for Homeless Veteran Programs (HCHV),
Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV), MH Primary Care, and the Suicide
Prevention Program. The MHSL continues
to expand tele-health services for veterans who may find travel to the main
center for appointments burdensome.
MHSL functions as a liaison to the ACOS for Education and affiliated health
professional schools for undergraduate and graduate education issues. He/She
ensures that mental health practitioners demonstrate effectiveness in teaching
and comply with necessary trainee supervision requirements. The Chief MHSL also
functions as a liaison to the ACOS for Research to facilitate research grants
and expand research opportunities and initiatives. The Chief, MHSL is expected
to maintain all necessary credentials in their respective area in order to
provide clinical care between 10-15 percent of the time.
MHSL position is responsible for planning, organizing, developing,
implementing, coordinating, and refining a comprehensive patient
management/clinical support/administrative program which provides services and
technical counsel necessary to meet clinical, procedural, legal and
administrative requirements relating to the care and treatment of inpatients
and outpatients. Incumbent provides a climate in which clinicians can care for
patients with an awareness of administrative implications of his/her actions,
without feeling he/she is working under unnecessary constraints. Expertise
along broad clinical and administrative levels is required to meet the needs of
this large, complex patient population, and to integrate Service Line functions
with those of other Service Lines, as well as with other VA entities within and
outside the local Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN).
responsible for implementing VA Headquarters policies and regulations governing
broad administrative aspects of the medical center. In order to effect the
policies, incumbent must have the skills in management theory, cost-benefit
analysis, data gathering and statistical analysis.
duties and responsibilities:
· Serves on a
variety of medical center planning committees, advisory groups and chartered
clinical and administrative performance measures.
for service line strategic planning, budget and resource management.
formal systematic, improvement plans for quality measures, access and medical
· Serves as
leader/liaison with affiliated schools regarding medical teaching issues and
the establishment of program monitors and outcome measurements using programs
using data-driven quality assurance processes.
· Assures all
Mental Health programs are compliant with applicable Federal and State laws.
veteran complaints and issues.
program goals and objectives to meet VHA Mental Health requirements.
performance appraisals of staff, and addresses disciplinary issues.
as a member of the Executive Committee of the Medical staff.
Participates in clinical teaching.
appropriate training related to MH issues is completed for all Atlanta VAMC
staff involved in patient care activities.
Mental Health Service policies and procedures consistent with VA Directives.
Develops policies and procedures which maintain VA required accreditation by
the Joint Commission, CARF and other MH accrediting organizations.
· Serves on
facility Professional Standards Board (PSB).
all hiring of professional mental health staff.
supervises both clinical and administrative personnel.