Chief 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.
Chief 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,
MHSAL is expected to maintain all necessary credentials in their respective
area in order to provide clinical care between 10-15 percent of the time.
Chief, 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).
is 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.
key duties and responsibilities:
· Serves on a variety of medical center
planning committees, advisory groups and chartered action teams.
· Oversees clinical and administrative
· Responsible for service line
strategic planning, budget and resource management.
· Develops formal systematic,
improvement plans for quality measures, access and medical services delivery.
· Serves as leader/liaison with
affiliated schools regarding medical teaching issues and provider appointments.
· Oversees the establishment of program
monitors and outcome measurements using programs using data-driven quality
· Assures all Mental Health programs
are compliant with applicable Federal and State laws.
· Manages veteran complaints and
· Develops program goals and objectives
to meet VHA Mental Health requirements.
· Conducts performance appraisals of
staff, and addresses disciplinary issues.
· Functions as a member of the
Executive Committee of the Medical staff.
· Participates in clinical teaching.
· Assures appropriate training related
to MH issues is completed for all Atlanta VAMC staff involved in patient care
· Develops 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).
· Oversees all hiring of professional
mental health staff.
· Directly supervises both clinical and