A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a Highly Qualified Individual. This position has been approved for the Education Debt Reduction Program. Please refer to the "Duties Section below" for more information. This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is 1/15/2021. Additional applications will be referred as needed. Applicants will be referred based on location as vacancies are identified. NOTE: This vacancy is being recruited for as Psychologist and Social Worker Program Coordinator. Please see "How You Will Be Evaluated" section for details on all occupations being considered for this recruitment effort. The Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) Psychologist is directly responsible to the Recovery Services Program Manager and ultimately to the Chief of Psychology and Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health (ACOS MH). The incumbent provides programmatic and clinical oversite for the SATP Program services for the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (VATVCBHCS). This includes planning, establishing, and implementing policies and procedures for the SATP Program as well as monitoring, operating, evaluating, coordinating and overseeing the SATP Program. The incumbent works to ensure all current directives of VHA, Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), State licensure, and VA-OIG expectations are met by SATP Program services. Direct Clinical Service: As a licensed, practicing psychologist the SATP Psychologist participates in development of a treatment plan for each Veteran contacted through outreach. The treatment plan includes measurable goals based on relevant psychological, medical, and psychiatric information. The Psychologist is responsible for the assessment, identification, facilitation, referral, and linkage to appropriate medical and psychiatric services for Veteran identified as eligible for services. The SATP Psychologist conducts individual and family clinical interventions to facilitate the identification of substance abuse, psychiatric illness, and social needs as treatment issues. Professional judgment, including the knowledge of normal and abnormal behavior, is a competency applied in daily interactions with Veterans. The SATP Psychologist participates in the assignment of Veterans to VA treatment teams and programs, including consulting with relevant program clinical staff in planning treatment for Veterans with comorbidities. The incumbent facilitates community organization and outreach to alleviate problems that may interfere with Veterans' ability to achieve independence. The SATP Psychologist assists the Veteran in service stabilization by consulting and intervening when problems arise with service providers and assists in priority management/pace of services/integration of Veteran in program with Veteran and program staff by participating in treatment team meetings. Clinical Assessment: Advanced clinical training, insight and experience is utilized to interpret data and identify viable treatment options. The incumbent assesses high risk factors, acuity, and the need for services. The SATP Psychologist has the ability to serve Veterans who tend to have frequent and severe crises, lack family or an adequate community support network, be poor at self-monitoring, frequently fail to comply with instructions and treatment, or have significant deficits in coping skills and require continuing professional psychosocial support. The SATP Psychologist diagnoses mental disorders, conducts psychological assessments as needed to determine appropriate treatment referrals. The Psychologist treats mental disorders through a variety of modalities and provides adjunctive interventions for treatment of mental disorders. Among the modalities provided are individual, family, and group psychotherapies. The SATP Psychologist identifies and interviews Veterans in each setting to conduct needs assessment and determine appropriate referrals, linkage and coordination for VA and non-VA services to enhance function in the community. Additional duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.