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About the Agency

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1043100

Salary: To be determined by Professional Standard Board of your peers and based on your education, experience, and professional accomplishments.

You could be part of an important initiative to provide mental health care for our nations Veterans!

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be adding approximately 1,600 mental health clinicians – to include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers as well as nearly 300 support staff to its existing workforce.    

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs mental health professionals who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who serve our Country.  Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans.

Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.   The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer.  It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care.  Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.   The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department.  The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries.  The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE").

America's Veterans need you!

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PLEASE NOTE: Qualified clinical trainees, residents, fellows, interns, etc. are encouraged to apply; please follow the instructions in the How to Apply section.

EDUCATION DEBT REDUCTION PROGRAM (EDRP): You 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.

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.


The Psychologist serves as a member of the multidisciplinary treatment team, providing input on potential admissions, assessing/screening veterans for admission, conducting follow up and evaluation of veterans approved for admission, and evaluating and assessing veterans admitted to programming.  The incumbent must possess the clinical skills and be working towards license level to evaluate potential candidates for admission and make independent clinical decisions within DRRTP programs. Incumbent assists with incoming referrals to the Domiciliary. Obtains necessary information for Patient Service Center to determine eligibility and enter data for registration purposes. Completes review of records available from a variety of sources and conducts phone interview with Veteran to determine eligibility for domiciliary care.  This includes identifying high-risk behaviors that prohibit admission to the Dom as well as assessment of the record and interview to determine whether Dom programming will be of benefit to the Veteran. Documents this process clearly in medical records and notifies Veteran, referral source and impacted Dom staff of decisions. Explains assessment process and available programming.  Advises veterans of travel process and lodging prior to admission. Determines need for 24 hour Mental Health evaluation and completes it as required.  Makes arrangements with referring or nearest facility for interim care when needed. Insures a full mental health evaluation is completed within 14 days of initial contact, working with other facilities as needed to accomplish this task. Conducts in-depth bio-psychosocial assessments and completes an Integrated Summary detailing the veterans history, current needs for services, and recommendation for appropriate course of care during programming.

Location: Mental Health Service Line, Hot Springs, SD

Work Schedule: Full time, 80 hrs per pay period

Relocation/Recruitment Incentive: Incentive may be available for highly qualified candidates.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to the alternate site and CBOCs

Relocation Authorized

  • No