Mental Health Service Line (MHSL), is a position that provides management,
leadership and oversight of all mental health clinical, educational, and research
activities at the 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.
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
discipline 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:
on a variety of medical center planning committees, advisory groups and
chartered action teams.
clinical and administrative performance measures.
for service line strategic planning, budget and resource management.
formal systematic, improvement plans for quality measures, access and medical
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.
all Mental Health programs are compliant with applicable Federal and State
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.
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.
on facility Professional Standards Board (PSB).
all hiring of professional mental health staff.
supervises both clinical and administrative personnel.