Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Coordinator)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Chillicothe, Ohio
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 629614000
This position serves as the Aftercare Coordinator and functions as the coordinator for all outpatient aftercare components of Addiction Recovery Services. The Aftercare Coordinator provides group therapy and psychoeducational classes on addictions/recovery to all patients. The incumbent will assist with the inpatient/outpatient quality assurance program, Joint Commission readiness, and Commission on Accreditation of Residential Facilities (CARF) standards review. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: Hold a master's or doctoral degree in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. CACREP defines the date when graduates are considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Additional information may be obtained from http://www.cacrep.org/directory/. NOTE: Traditional Rehabilitation counseling programs that are accredited by CACREP do not meet the LPMHC qualification standards as Traditional Rehabilitation counseling differs from Clinical Rehabilitation counseling. Licensure: Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. English Language Proficiency: LPMHCs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, Paragraph 3.j. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: GS-12: Experience, Education, and Licensure: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must have been in a major specialty treatment program area such as, but not limited to, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), or other areas of equivalent scope and complexity. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-11 grade level, the candidates must demonstrate the following KSAs: In depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies procedures and or practice guidelines for the program. Ability to make key decisions in the hiring and identification of top candidates. Ability to provide leadership in facilitating the process of coordinating program consults, assessments, admissions, care assignments and discharges. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to other colleagues and trainees within the field of counseling working on an interdisciplinary team. References: VA Handbook 5005/120, Part II, Appendix G43 The full performance level of this vacancy is 12. Physical Requirements: Physical qualifications require the ability to stand, walk, bend, and move freely. Must be able to utilize good body mechanics in lifting or restraining patients. Must have good hearing, eyesight, and physical dexterity. Must be clean and neat in appearance. Must be emotionally stable and cooperative. Work is accomplished predominantly within Addiction Recovery Services and the domiciliary units. The physical surroundings involve working with the acute and chronically physically and mentally ill patients, which may cause discomfort related to negative verbal and physical activities from these patients. ["Seeks VA approved training and certification to provide competent evidence-based interventions for a variety of mental health and addictive disorder diagnoses. Performs ongoing assessments and updates treatment plans when due. Provides Veterans and their families with supportive counseling and provided education about symptoms of illness, effect of such illness upon the family system, and to identify healthy coping strategies to assist Veterans/families in the recovery process. Collaborates with other service providers in reassessing the Veteran's needs for outpatient care, residential care, and other programs, services, and entitlements. Develops a resource file of VA and community social service programs and refers the Veteran to needed services. Provides education related to VA and community resources, entitlements, Advance Directives/Living Will/Mental Health Preferences Advance Directives, and will refer Veterans/families to the appropriate interdisciplinary team member for identified health education needs. Understands and adheres to documentation requirements in the electronic medical record using appropriate content, formats, and templates. Attends relevant meetings to include daily interdisciplinary treatment teem meetings, MHCL and Division meetings, unit staff meetings, and assigned committee meetings. Provides care and/or services appropriate to the development level and age of the patients being served. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:00 pm or 8:0000am to 4:30pm; schedule includes 1-2 evenings per week and rotational weekend coverage.\nTelework: Not Available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nPosition Title/Functional Statement #:Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Coordinator)/PD91677-0\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial 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.