Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Coordinator) - Suicide Prevention Program
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Fort Meade, South Dakota
Internal Number: 688303600
The Black Hills VA Healthcare System is recruiting for two (2) Suicide Prevention Program Coordinators. The incumbent functions as facility subject matter expert advising mental health and medical staff leadership, the mental health executive council, VA medical facility leadership, program managers, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies, accrediting agency requirements, and guidelines pertaining to individual Veterans, for the VA medical facility and Veteran's community. BASIC REQUIREMENTS. The basic requirements for employment as a LPMHC are prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. §7402(b)(11). To qualify for appointment as a LPMHC all applicants must: a. Citizenship. Be a citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3.g.). b. 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. c. 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. Grade Determinations: Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Coordinator), 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. 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: 1. In depth knowledge of the program coordinated and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies procedures and or practice guidelines for the program. 2. Ability to make key decisions in the hiring and identification of top candidates. 3. Ability to provide leadership in facilitating the process of coordinating program consults, assessments, admissions, care assignments and discharges. 4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to other colleagues and trainees within the field of counseling working on an interdisciplinary team. Preferred Experience: Mental Health Experience References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II Appendix G43, Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. ["1. Tracking and reporting on Veterans who have attempted suicide or are at high risk for suicide 2. Responding to referrals from the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) and self-referrals from other sources 3. Ensuring that all VA staff members have received discipline-appropriate suicide prevention training (VA S.A.V.E. training or equivalent) 4. Collaborating with community organizations and partners to increase awareness of suicide prevention best practices and providing training to individuals who have contact with Veterans 5. Providing subject matter consultation to providers on available resources for suicidal individuals, as well as expertise and direction in the areas of system design to prevent deaths by suicide within their local VA medical centers 6. Working with providers to ensure that monitoring and treatment is intensified for high-risk patients while making sure that those who are at elevated risk receive education and support about approaches to reduce risks 7. Reporting to OMHSP on Veterans who attempted or died by suicide and sending OMHSP requested data, which is used to determine characteristics and risks associated with these groups of Veterans 8. Making sure that providers follow up on missed appointments to ensure patient safety for high-risk patients and initiate problem-solving decisions about possible tensions or difficulties in patients' ongoing care 9. Ensuring that medical centers have established a High-Risk for Suicide List (HRSL) of Veterans and a process for establishing Patient Record Flag Category 1 - High Risk for Suicide (HRS-PRFs), which includes: Exclusively controlling all HRS-PRFs and limiting their use to patients who meet the criteria for being placed on the facility HRSL Coordinating with facility committees that manage PRFs to incorporate the use of HRS-PRFs into overall facility flag processes Assessing the risk for suicide in individual patients in collaboration with their treating clinicians and ensuring that those patients receive appropriate follow-up care for any missed mental health appointments Establishing a system of reviewing HRS-PRFs at least every 90 days Documenting, when appropriate, the nature of the follow-up care and plans for continuing treatment in the electronic health record (EHR) Identifying training needs related to suicide prevention Maintaining communication with the facility-designated advisory groups to keep them aware of flag placements and review outcomes 10. Implement facility suicide prevention strategies in accordance with VHA policies and clinical practice guidelines 11. Use available online tools, training materials, and resources to enhance the care provided to Veterans and raise awareness among community stakeholders 12. Contribute to facility business and patient care billing practices 13. Document services rendered to support the accurate tracking of workload and productivity 14. Obtaining any relevant Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) clearances to allow transmittal of medical center data on suicide attempts and individuals at risk to the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23) for trending quality assurance purposes; and transmitting the data following cyber security requirements as applicable for this sensitive data. 15. Professional knowledge of the principles and theoretical concepts of counseling and social work, as well as the administrative mechanism and processes appropriate to the assignment. 16. Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to provide direct care to suicidal and/or mental health patients, as well as ability to provide patient/staff education. 17. Ability to select the pertinent techniques for data collection and identify aspects of successful program operations that can be used for improving this and similar programs, including the ability to utilize a variety of fact-finding techniques. 18. Thorough knowledge of the program objectives to ensure that actions taken are appropriate. Work Schedule: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday Telework: Ad Hoc Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 00000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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