Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Substance Use Disorder Specialist
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fort Harrison, Montana
Internal Number: 678879700
The Montana Veterans Affairs Health Care System (MT VAHCS) is hiring for a Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist GS-12, which serves as the case manager for for the state of Montana. 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. 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. 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. 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: Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor GS-12 Experience, Education, and Licensure. In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex LPMHC experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Senior LPMHCs must have five years of post-licensed experience that demonstrates possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressive professional competency and expertise and be licensed to provide clinical supervision to trainees or unlicensed LPMHCs. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-11 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: Advanced knowledge of and mastery of theories and modalities used in the specialized treatment of complex mental illness. Ability to incorporate complex multiple causation in differential diagnosis and treatment of veteran patients, including making psychosocial and psychiatric diagnoses within approved clinical privileges or scope of practice. Ability to determine priority of services needed and provide specialized treatment. Advanced and expert skill in a range of specialized interventions and treatment modalities for Veterans with complex needs. This includes individual, group, and/or family counseling, or psychotherapy and advanced level psychosocial, and/or case management interventions used in the treatment of Veterans. Ability to coordinate the delivery of specialized psychosocial services and programs. Ability to design system changes based on data. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to colleagues and trainees on the psychosocial treatment of patients, rendering professional opinions based on experience, expertise and role modeling effective clinical skills. Ability to teach, mentor staff and trainees, and provide supervision for licensure or for specialty certifications. Ability to engage in written and oral communication with leadership/staff and community stakeholders regarding policies, procedures, practice guidelines, and issues pertaining to the practice of the profession. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor Qualification Standard GS-101 Veterans Health Administration. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: Traveling throughout the medical center, community and occasionally the state is required, as is performing activities involving sitting, walking, and standing, bending and carrying such items as books, papers, and files. In carrying out responsibilities it will be necessary for the incumbent to travel into the community where he/she conducts interviews with the Veterans, their families, and representatives of community health and welfare agencies. The incumbent must possess a current driver's license and drive a government vehicle in carrying out professional duties. Incumbent will transport Veterans in GSA vehicles and must meet facility driving standards in accordance with established policy. Strenuous physical activity is not required. ["The Senior Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Specialist GS-12 serves as the case manager for Montana Veterans Affairs Health Care System (MT VAHCS). The Specialist provides services to Veterans and staff in the Supported Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) and the Heath Care for Homeless (HCHV) Programs. This position provides case management and intervention support to SSVF in a team oriented, recovery-based approach. Duties include but are not limited to: Provides direct SUD services and outreach for SSVF Grantees Provides training for other members of the multidisciplinary treatment team in areas related to SUD assessment, anger management, life skills and SUD treatment for co-occurring disorders. Independently conducts intake and needs assessment of homeless Veterans and their significant others. Identifies symptoms leading to clinical diagnoses of SUD. Conducts all necessary assessments, e.g. psychosocial histories and SUD assessments to aid in the development of treatment plans. Develops comprehensive treatment plans with the Veteran that address the factors that contributed to homelessness, including SUD and other co-occurring factors within a recovery model framework. Empowers and respects the Veteran's right to self-determination while helping the Veteran identify and articulate their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences. Works with the Veteran to realize the Veteran's treatment goals and reassesses and revises goals as indicated by the Veteran's engagement in treatment. Organizes and conducts individual and group case management and SUD treatment, to include early interventions and supportive follow-up to ensure stability in home visits and facility-based contacts. Provides SUD support to the SSVF Grantee as a functional member of this team, to include consultation, interventions, or accompanying other case managers on home visits, when indicated by suspicion of SSVF participant SUD use. Serves as a member of a multidisciplinary homeless program treatment team. Develops partnerships with community agencies, especially those serving homeless and SUD Veterans, with regular contact and communication. Provides liaison services with other programs referring homeless Veterans. Participates in policy making, goal setting, and treatment service planning discussions with SSVF Grantees and Homeless Programs. Completes appropriate clinical documentation for all contacts with or about Veterans. Responsible for the collection of statistical data and for reviewing the data to improve performance and delivery of services to homeless Veterans. Provides recovery-oriented treatment with the goal of empowering the Veteran to live independently in the community at the Veteran's highest level of functioning and improve quality of life. Conducts and participates in outreach activities including field interviews, assessments and referrals for homeless veterans contacted in the community, shelters, and \"on the streets\" with the SSVF Grantee. May be required to work weekends, holidays and complete other duties as assigned. Provides interventions for early assistance in treating relapse in homeless Veterans with SUD and co-occurring disorder histories. A current, valid driver's license is required. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm\nTelework: May be available on ad-hoc situations\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: PD54574O/Senior Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor - Substance Use Disorder Specialist\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent 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.