Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Section Chief Southern Colorado
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mental Health/Social Services
Internal Number: 630047000
The Eastern Colorado Veterans Health Care System, Mental Health Service Line is currently recruiting for one (1) Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Chief, Southern Colorado, located at the Colorado Springs Mental Health Clinic, in Colorado Springs Colorado. This position is a multi-discipline announcement and can be recruited for either a Psychologist, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, or Social Worker. To qualify for this position, you must meet all the requirements of the position by the closing date of this announcement. Basic Requirements: Citizenship: US Citizenship. 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-101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice mental health counseling, 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 3j. GS-12 Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least 1 year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-12. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for GS-11 level, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below: 1. Ability to make judgments and decisions associated with program management. 2. Ability to monitor program outcomes using data driven quality assurance process. 3. Ability to develop productivity standards appropriate to each service provided. 4. Ability to manage a wide range of programs which include the operation and management of key clinical, training or administrative programs. Physical Requirements: Able to meet the physical demands for the position, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have a good manual dexterity. Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken or written word. Must be able to view and read information on computer screens. ["As the Section Chief of Southern Primary Mental Health (SCSPMH) for the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), the incumbent is responsible for overseeing and supervising multiple distinct programs for the ECHCS Mental Health Service (MHS).\nThe Programs and FTEE managed include the Colorado Springs Community Based Outpatient Clinic Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP) Teams, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Program, Primary Care Mental Health Integration (PCMHI), PTSD Clinical Team, the Pueblo Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) BHIP Teams, supervision of the provision of mental health services in the outlying CBOCs, and supervision of the Consult Coordinator. The incumbent serves in a clinical role within the section and is responsible for patient care in the assigned area in addition to providing senior leadership and oversight for the other programs in the section. As the SCSPMH, the incumbent serves as a member of the Mental Health Executive Leadership team. S/he assists the Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) and Deputy ACOS for MHS in conjunction with the Chief Nurse for Mental Health (MH) or designee in the overall operation of the MHS and oversight of mental health services across VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, and has direct supervisory responsibility of the supervisors of the programs listed above. Employee's duties are to work closely and collaborate with the ACOS/Deputy ACOS for MHS and Chief Nurse for MH or designee to assure that all aspects of the MHS are functioning optimally. This includes strategic planning, setting operational priorities and deployment of resources, engaging in quality improvement, performance measure outcomes, and encouraging and improving team and recovery-oriented care for Veterans. Working with the ACOS/Deputy ACOS for MHS and Chief Nurse for MH or designee, the incumbent promotes and supports the Primary Mental Health Programs under her/his control and assures that they align with clinical and strategic priorities. However, it is also expected that the SCSPMH will know and understand all aspects of MHS operations. This is done to assure the quality and integrity of MHS, maintain quality medical and psychosocial treatments, and be able to effectively cross-cover for the Deputy ACOS for MHS. The Section Chief has a very broad responsibility for multiple programs or have responsibility for a large service organization that is of considerable scope, size, and complexity. Responsibilities include development of short- and long-range goals and plans; development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure that plans are carried out and goals are met; administrative and programmatic resource management; and monitoring outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process. Decisions made affect staff and other resources associated with the programs managed and are made exercising very wide latitude and independent judgment. The programs managed are substantial components of MHS. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm, Hours may vary due to work load\nCompressed/Flexible: Yes to highly qualified individuals.\nTelework: Yes to highly qualified individuals\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\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.