The VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21) Chief Mental Health Officer (CMHO) is a network level position that coordinates and plans for mental health care throughout the VISN. The incumbent directs a large complex mental health program at the VISN level. The CMHO reports to the VISN Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Duties are performed with wide latitude, exercising independent judgment and full, delegated autonomy. Responsibilities include overall planning, direction, and execution of mental health care especially related to the implementation of the Uniform Mental Health Benefits Package. The administrative or technical work is of exceptional difficulty and responsibility. The CMHO serves as an expert consultant to the Chiefs of Mental Health at the seven medical centers and to program managers of other VISN programs. The CMHO also serves as the VISN representative to the Office of Mental Health Operations and to the Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Clinical Operations and Management.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Implementing, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, reviewing, evaluating, and improving the operations of mental health services within the VISN to include, but not limited to, the following:
a. Develops, implements, and leads team management groups to effectively accomplish goals, focus on customer needs, assure and maintain quality, and accomplish mission and vision. Leads the VISN mental health business direction through strategic planning, program implementation, customer focus, and team based management. (25%)
b. Monitors and evaluates VISN compliance with the components set forth in Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Centers and Clinics Handbook, as well as all other related VHA directives, handbooks, manuals, memoranda, policies, program guides, and information letters. Develops, obtains appropriate approval, and implements plans to address gaps when they exist. (25%)
c. Maintains efficient operation of VISN Mental Health services through cost effective systems, productivity, efficiency, and new program and procedures. Conducts evaluations of specific features of VISN mental health care as needed. Develops and expands the VISN Mental Health program's capacities, responsiveness, and image within the VISN and community. (25%)
d. Maintains clinical expertise and specific discipline requirements for licensure and practice in his/her clinical discipline as well as having a working knowledge of licensure requirements and qualification standards of all mental health professionals. Provides support and consultation regarding a full range of behavioral health services, including assessment and using the most appropriate clinical techniques in providing quality care. Coordinates efforts to meet performance standards in mental health for the VISN. (15%)
e. Performs site visits to VISN facilities that provide mental health services when necessary to monitor and/or investigate compliance with regulations and requirements and when requested by the facility or VISN management. Presents recommendations to the Executive Leadership Committee regarding changes needed in mental health care across the VISN. (10%)
Communicates regularly with the following individuals/groups to discuss ongoing issues impacting the quality of mental health care provided at each VISN facility: Facility Leadership; Facility Mental Health Leadership; VISN CMO; VISN QMO; and Office of Mental Health Operations.
Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Functional Statement Title: Psychiatrist (VISN Chief Mental Health Officer)
On Call: No
Rotating Shifts: No
Required to work holidays and weekends: No
Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA): Exempt
Bargaining Unit: No
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Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a high quality candidate.
In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following:
1. Must be United States Citizen. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.)
2. English Language Proficiency - Must be proficient in spoken and written English
3. Education - Degree of doctor of medicine or equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was complete.
4. Licensure - Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.
1. Must be Board Eligible/Board Certified Physician in any specialty recognized by the ABMS.
2. The qualified candidates will be seasoned clinicians who demonstrate extensive and progressive leadership experience, both as a clinician and an administrator, and possess the ability to promote innovation, inspire organizational excellence, be able to build teams, and coach clinical leaders as they work toward common goals. Exceptional interpersonal skills, project management, organizational planning, and facilitation skills are essential. The successful candidate must have the ability to meet VA established performance measure goals, and possess a thorough knowledge of the standards of the Veterans Health Administration and other accrediting bodies.
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Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 PHYSICIAN QUALIFICATION STANDARD. This can be found in the local Human Resource Office. Physical Requirements:?,
Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
Must be able to travel by automobile or airplane and to drive a vehicle without assistance.
Must have the manual dexterity and visual acuity to be able to operate a standard computer keyboard and/or a handheld device such as a blackberry or iPhone.
Must be physically able to speak publically to large gatherings.
Must be able to hear well enough to participate in conference calls.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
*Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
*Other(VA FORM 10-2850, APPLICATION FOR PHYSICIANS, DENTISTS, PODIATRISTS, OPTOMETRISTS AND CHIROPRACTORS)
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Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, you may send by fax to (916) 843-7078 or email to Crystal.Keeler@va.gov with reference to Vacancy ID# 1959351.