This position is located in the Behavioral Health Clinic (BHC) within VA Erie. The BHC provides ambulatory care services to substance abusing and emotionally ill male and female Veterans and their significant others. In addition to substance abuse, a significant number of these patients have concurrent psychiatric disorders, personality disorders, medical conditions, and multiple psychosocial stressors. Thus, the biopsychosocial status of many of the BHC patients is severely compromised. C&P Assessment & Associated Duties: Performs compensation and pension initial evaluations and review evaluations for Veterans who have filed claims for service connected disability based on mental health conditions associated with their service time for outpatient populations, to include a variety of psychological disorders including substance abuse, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Evaluations include the use of interview techniques, psychological tests, and a review of historical mental health data. Provides medical opinion clarifications, as assigned by the VBA. Services may be provided in-person and/or through telehealth, depending on the modality preference of the patient. Attends C&P department meetings and serves as the subject matter expert for C&Ps, providing education to Veterans, VA employees, and external stakeholders who assist Veterans in filing for compensation. Completes all clinical charting and documentation required by the medical center and VBA, following all applicable VA, Joint Commission, and/or CARF guidelines and requirements. Evidenced Based Practice (EBP) Coordination: As the EBP Coordinator, the psychologist serves as the local champion for EBPs, maintains an active roster of clinicians who have been trained or are in training for an EBP, and makes recommendations to leadership on EBP related needs. He/she provides relevant, monthly updates to staff and leadership, coordinates applications for EBP trainings, and identifies obstacles to local EBP utilization. He/she monitors requests for EBPs to ensure the clinic has sufficient access to offer each therapy. Tasked with monitoring, evaluating, and formulating innovative solutions on excelling in SAIL measures, the completion of MH Treatment Plans in all appropriate cases, and providing high quality patient care. He/she participates in relevant conference calls and training among EBP Coordinators within the VISN and country to share experiences, provide support, and learn about national VA developments with respect to evidence-based psychotherapy. Other duties may include: Serves as a psychologist representative on the Mental Health Executive Council, providing updates on EBPs, the internship program, and other items relevant to the psychology staff. May be asked to participate in the selection panels for vacant psychologist positions or other positions as assigned; Provides clinical supervision to the Vet Center staff twice a month which include, but is not limited to, providing consultation, case review, and guidance on challenging cases; May act as a consultant on psychological issues for Behavioral Health providers; Advocates for the delivery of trauma-informed care across all settings; Attends and participates in interdisciplinary treatment team meetings as well as other applicable team meetings; Participates in peer review processes, assessing the quality of professional psychology standards provided within the medical center and, at times, other VAs; All staff are encouraged to participate in systems redesign activities and are allotted time to participate in activities that will contribute to the overall efficiency, quality, and satisfaction of Veterans and employees. May perform other duties as directed. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday; may change based on the needs of the facility. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Recruitment/Relocation may be authorized for highly qualified applicants.
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.