The Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is responsible for providing strategic guidance directed toward improving the quality of mental health care for over one and a half million Veterans nation-wide. The National Mental Health Director for Quality Assurance and Improvement directs activities related to implementation of VHA mental health policies, strategic planning, and performance improvement in concert with other staff in OMHSP and collaborates directly with the Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) Chief Mental Health Officers (CMHOs) to assess and evaluate the need for feedback to leadership and staff. In collaboration with the VISN CMHOs the incumbent also serves as a subject matter expert and is responsible for maintaining communication with mental health professionals working for VHA in the field, while providing leadership on issues affecting professional staff, and ensuring that requirements articulated in VA Directives related to mental health care are effectively integrated as a component of overall VA mental health care. The duties include: Directing the work of a team of highly skilled quality improvement and implementation consultants, who provide mental health program implementation consultation and technical assistance to VISN Chief Mental Health Officers (CMHOs) and their staff in assigned VISNs in areas of identified need and/or assembles teams of experts and consultants who provide this assistance and consultation. Applying specialized knowledge of health care and management for planning, organizing, and directing national initiatives in the care and treatment of Veterans, educational programs, program evaluation, and quality assurance Coordinating with VISN Chief Mental Health Officers (CMHOs) and their staff in assigned VISNs, in the development and implementation of plans to assist in the full implementation of the Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook, memos/directives/handbooks, and other national initiatives. Serving as an SME and OMHSP POC for accreditation (e.g. TJC, CARF, etc.) as well as liaison to Employee Education Services (EES) for trainings including webinars and conferences. Providing education and guidance to the field regarding mental health program improvement and acts as a conduit of information between VACO and the field. Planning or aids in the coordination of initiatives that cross multiple organizational lines. May author and review white papers, issue briefs, and similar official documents. Serving as a consultant to and guides the VISN Chief Mental Health Officers (CMHOs) in in the review of VISN and facility level data provided by OMHSP and other Offices by creating summary reports for their review, and meets with VISN Mental Health Leadership to provide assistance in interpretation of the data to assist in the implementation of appropriate plans throughout the VISN. Coordinating and participates in VISN and facility-level site visits to address urgent issues, comprehensive reviews, and targeted consultation aimed at process/program improvement. Assisting in coordination of a formal report after each OMHSP-led facility site visit, with a focus upon creation of actionable items for implementation to assist with facility performance improvement. Monitoring VISN and facility performance improvement metrics and highlights concerns with VACO, VISN and facilities for action. Individually and in collaboration with others, proposes and develops training modules and materials to address areas of identified needs. Serving as an OMHSP liaison to a variety of other offices throughout VHA including VISN offices, VISN CMHOs, VA Medical Centers, and CBOCs, and promotes collaborations between OMHSP and those other offices. Serving as a point of contact for the dissemination of information to the public related to VA improvement initiatives. Coordinating and provides consultation and support to various projects and special initiatives, including responses to Congressional inquiries; develops briefing papers to convey findings and VA positions; develops education/training initiatives in concert with clinical and education officials; and monitors key activities in programs and projects for timeliness, accomplishment of key milestones, and support of overall objectives outlined in Directives and other publications of OMHSP, VHA and VA Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 49-54 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 10 paid Federal holidays per year and possible 5 day paid absence for CME) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory CME: Possible $1,000 per year reimbursement Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting THIS POSITION IS VIRTUAL
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.
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