This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program. If selected for this position, you must meet specific individual eligibility requirements and submit your application within four months of appointment. The final award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) is determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. Please contact Eva.Gennara@va.gov and cc VISN12EDRP@va.gov for information. Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. Eligible applications received will be referred at regular intervals or as additional vacancies occur on an as-needed basis until positions are filled. This HBPC Psychologist is located in the Mental Health Service, with primary assignment to the Home Based Primary Care Program for Peoria/Bloomington/Springfield area/CBOCs. The HBPC Psychologist primary duty station can be either the Peoria or Bloomington locations. The HBPC Psychologist functions as the primary mental health provider of the HBPC team, providing mental health assessment, treatment, management, and professional consultation services. This individual may also provide coverage in other geriatrics and extended care settings. Major Duties: Providing in home screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mood and anxiety-related disorders, as well as other psychological/psychiatric conditions, with an emphasis on the application of time-limited, evidence-based approaches. Assessing and providing treatments for subclinical symptoms of mood and anxiety, adjustment difficulties, & excessive use or misuse of alcohol or other drugs (for which the patient may have a lower than normal tolerance due to their medical conditions and the potential for negative interactions with prescribed medication). Providing psychological prevention services to patients at significant risk for psychological problems. Providing services to families of veterans with dementia/chronic illness being served by HBPC, when such care is directly related to the overall treatment plan for the veteran and will allow better care for the veteran and allow the family to sustain the veteran in the home environment. There is a potential for the provision of clinical services through the use of tele-mental health/tele-home technology. Providing screening for cognitive deficits to address specific functional questions or to determine if a referral for a complete neuropsychological evaluation or dementia assessment is needed. Performing capacity/competency assessments when there are questions about a patient's ability to make medical decisions, perform other specific functions, or live independently. Providing individual and family interventions to support patients who are coping with feelings of grief and loss associated with disability and other life transitions. Providing psychoeducational and supportive interventions, in conjunction with the veteran, for spouses, family members/caregivers, and others that are crucial to keeping the veteran at home. Facilitating transition and adjustment to new living situations (e.g., nursing home, assisted living facility), and providing seamless intervention services, as appropriate. Providing behavioral medicine interventions to manage pain, disability, address sleep problems, facilitate weight loss, promote smoking cessation, and enhance medical compliance. Promoting communication/interactions between medical team members, patients, and their families to facilitate the medical treatment process. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Telework: May be available on an occasional basis with supervisor approval Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. EDRP Authorized: Contact Eva.Gennara@va.gov and cc VISN12EDRP@va.gov for information. 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.