The Northern California Health Care System is recruiting for a Psychologist to serve in the PCMHI program within Mental Health Service. The PCMHI Psychologist provides brief assessment and intervention support to the Patient Alignment Care Team (PACT), with an emphasis on integration of mental health services within primary care and will coordinate service delivery with Primary Care staff and other Mental Health Providers as appropriate. Partial telework may be available as needed. Clinical Responsibilities (75%) Independently provides a full range of diagnostic and evaluation services appropriate to the primary care setting, especially in the areas of general psychological evaluation of emotional and behavioral problems and focused cognitive assessments. Provides a full range of psychological interventions consistent with training and expertise, with special emphasis on brief and evidenced-based interventions found to be effective in primary care settings. Facilitates patient and family education appropriate to the primary care setting and the specific presenting mental or behavioral health issues. Provides consultation services for primary care providers to maximize the effectiveness of their interventions in reducing health-risk behaviors and enhancing health-promoting behaviors, with a significant emphasis on a prevention-oriented model of care. Supports primary care provider (PCP) decision-making, building on PCP interventions and improving PCP-patient working relationships. Provides clinical care management when appropriate directly to an assigned cohort of patients. Consults with medical center staff on a wide variety of patient care issues to include patient's decision-making capacity regarding health care. Develops person-centered, culturally sensitive treatment plans to address mental health needs of patients. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of clinical reminders for all patients. May provide clinical supervision to trainees, including practicum students, interns, and residents. May provide telemental health services as appropriate. Case Management Responsibilities: (15%) Timely completion of all clinical charting and documentation required by the Medical Center or healthcare system, as appropriate. Respond to patients request for release of records; return telephone calls, linking of services, and appropriate referrals as needed in a timely fashion. With permission from patient, collateral consultation with significant others/ support systems to aid in the facilitation of patients' treatment. Additional Responsibilities: (10%) Attends annual training programs sponsored by the VISN, VAMC and other APA recognized training programs to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities in area of specialization. Participates on selection panels for Staff Psychologist position vacancies or other positions as assigned by Chief MHSL. Attends and participates in administrative and informational meetings held by the Chief of Service, Chief of Staff and Director (or duly appointed designees). Attends monthly Psychological Service staff meetings and complies with Psychology Service peer review procedures. Completes assigned Performance Improvement activities at the program, service line, and medical center level. Attends regularly scheduled treatment team meetings to ensure efficiency and continuity of service delivery to specialized patient population.
Internal Number: 594671200
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