Job Overview

Summary

 Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1039502

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.  

This is an open continuous announcement and will be used to fill on a permanent full time basis.We accept applications for this occupation on an on-going basis. Applicants who submit a complete application package will be referred to selecting official on a tri-weekly basis until the vacancy is filled OR until the closing date of this announcement. Applicants need not re-apply once the application is referred to the selecting official.

Applicants MUST submit a complete application package to receive consideration. Please see the "Required Documents" section of the announcement for a listing of required documents.


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.  The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate’s education and experience 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.

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.

Duties

The incumbent will function as a member of the existing Suicide Prevention Team with the title Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC). SPCs will assist in the care for veterans at risk for suicide within the Mental Health Service. He/she will work with the existing team to oversee and facilitate the implementation of suicide prevention strategies at a local level. Activities will include support for the identification of Veterans at high risk; coordinating enhanced care when needed, and education of providers, Veterans, families, and members of the community on risk factors and warning signs for suicide, and treatment options. He/she will provide diagnoses of mental disorders, particularly for complex or unusually difficult patients, education to patients, family members, and significant disorders. Provide comprehensive, evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions, including individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Develops, implements, and document the psychotherapeutic treatment plan for an assigned case load of patients, including prompt completion of clinical reminders. The SPC team will track all suicide attempts and patients with serious suicidal ideation at each facility through the use of the “Suicide Behavior Event Report”. Assures all veterans on the facility tracking list are being followed closely by the appropriate provider on a regular basis as determined by the coordinator and the provider. Track any no-show appointments by patients and follow up with the patient as soon as possible to reschedule. Maintains awareness of suicide treatment options and makes recommendations to the patient’s provider(s) when new options become available. Assures all patients have a 24-hour resource number (Veterans Crisis Line) to call and ways to get assistance if an immediate crisis should occur. Conduct ongoing program evaluation and data-driven quality improvement projects to monitor the effectiveness of the clinical program. Facilitate liaisons with other health care programs in order to effectively coordinate services. Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.

 

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No