RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVE MAY BE AUTHORIZED Incentives: Possible signing bonus, relocation assistance, and student loan repayment up to $120K for eligible debt. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 10 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory. CME: Possible $1,000 per year stipend + possible 1 week paid authorized absence to attend. Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided. Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting. Take a look at VA's Top 20 Reasons Doctors Enjoy Working at VA and VHA Physician's Brochure The Chief Mental Health Service has final decision-making authority, responsibility and accountability on all issues related to Mental Health Services. The incumbent collaborates with operations and supervisors to ensure integrated goals and priorities are established and met. The incumbent also works closely with peers in other services lines, services, and management to meet the needs of the mental center's recognized customer groups. The incumbent is responsible to ensure all program mandates are met in coordination with program coordinators, internally and externally. The incumbent is knowledgeable of overall VA, VISN and medical center goals, missions, and priorities to assure a positive impact on program and resources. Duties include but not limited to: Directs and provides support for the maintenance of effective functioning of established Mental Health programs from a cost and patient outcome perspective. Provides a wide range of complex mental health services. Monitors productivity, quality, timeliness, and responsiveness of customer needs and expectations. Provides ongoing comprehensive quality assurance plan for monitoring of mental health programs so problems may be identified and necessary improvements in programs can be implemented. Identify Mental Health staff educational and training needs based on performance of all subordinate staff, medical center goals, and Mental Health Service goals. Responsible for assuring that patients are receiving adequate education and counseling about the safe and appropriate use of medications that are dispensed to them. Develops, tracks and trends mental health program costs and workload, establishes performance measures, develops improvement strategies, and checks compliance with established measures and cost containment/avoidance initiatives. Utilizes cost control techniques effectively to reduce costs and promote effective employee utilization through good position management practices that control overall salary overhead. Has full and final technical, professional and administrative responsibility for planning, developing, coordinating, directing and evaluating an integrated mental health program designed to provide a full range of mental health services to both inpatients and outpatients at all VAIHCS sites. Formulates and implements effective and efficient procedures and policies to assure that Veteran patients and other eligible beneficiaries are furnished timely access to mental health services. Plans for the development and direction of disparate and physical dispersed multi-functional programs for the delivery of mental health services. Provides authoritative advice, guidance, recommendations, and solutions for assigned programs and assures that mental health policies and procedures are consistent with the current standards of mental health practice. Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday 7:30-4:00; 7:45-4:15; 8:00-4:30 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.