Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1169945 



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.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This position is located within the Medical Home Port Department of the PRIMARY CARE DIRECTORATE at the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC) in North Chicago, IL. The FHCC is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and Department of Navy (DoN)/Department of Defense (DoD).  It is larger than just a single facility, but rather it is a fully-integrated medical care facility with a single combined VA and Navy mission. The combined mission of the FHCC means active duty military and their family members, military retirees, and eligible veterans receive health care at this facility. 

Join the FHCC's team of energetic, career-minded professionals!

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As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

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.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


The Internal Behavioral Health Consultant (IBHC) Psychologist provides consultative behavioral health care for all enrollees in the Patient Centered Medical Home Port (MHP) using evidence-based interventions and clinical practice guidelines where appropriate for treating behavioral health problems (e.g. chronic pain, obesity, sleep problems). Identifies, treats, manages, and follows up with behavioral or psychosocial difficulties experienced by patients in the Medical Home Port Clinic. Provides timely and succinct feedback to Primary Care Managers (PCM) regarding consultation findings and recommendations. The incumbent applies knowledge and experience in the relationship between medical and psychological aspects of health and disease while engaging in behavioral health care consultation with enrollees and PCMs. Formulates diagnostic and treatment recommendations and presents findings to treatment teams. Determines the appropriateness of the patient receiving treatment in the primary care setting and assists with implementation of treatment plans.

The IBHC Psychologist develops and participates in group medical appointments including Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) and Drop-In Group Medical Appointments (DIGMA) as requested by the PCM.  Provides and teaches curriculum content for classes that promote education and skill-building to enhance enrollee population, psychological, and physical health. Provides for unscheduled ("walk-in") acute consultative appointments in a timely manner for enrollees when referred by the physician or PCM. Teaches MHP staff members about behavioral health care topics to ensure each team member is at their highest scope of practice. Responsible for assisting in the professional continuing education and development of other staff members as appropriate including: students (i.e. psychology residents, medical residents, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc.) peers, colleagues, paraprofessionals, and other health professionals.

Tour of Duty: Monday thru Friday, 7:00 am-3:30 pm, with ability to flex to 7:30 am-4:00 pm with sufficient notice.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No