Physician - Primary Care Mental Health (PCMHI) Psychiatrist - Conroe OPC
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Conroe, Texas
Internal Number: 630398700
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more. The Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center is searching for a highly motivated self-starter, excellent team player interested in providing collaborative psychiatric care that is co-located in a primary care setting with an inter-professional clinical team. Strong knowledge of psychopharmacology and evidence-based psychiatric and psychological practices are preferred. Teaching opportunities may be available. PCMHI is a component of the inter-professional Veteran Aligned Care Team (PACT). The PCMHI role is to provide support for Primary Care Providers and the rest of the PACT to assure that the mental and behavioral health needs of the primary care population are addressed. Often, this means that PCMHI staff will take the lead in providing mental health care for individuals identified with mental health conditions or in need of assistance making health-related behavioral changes. Duties for this position include but are not limited to: Provides ongoing support to PACT teams Performs direct in-person or virtual assessments and treatment, when indicated Communicates appropriately with primary care staff and attends primary care clinic meetings Maintains availability for informal and "curbside" consults as needed by PACT members Ensures ongoing availability for urgent or emergent mental health situations Provides diagnostic clarification Serves as a liaison between PACT providers and other mental health providers working with PACT Veterans who are receiving ongoing services in general and subspecialty MH clinics Provides consultation to co-located collaborative PCMHI colleagues, as needed Initiates and manages appropriate medication assisted treatment (MAT) for substance use disorders (SUDs) for Veterans whose care can be managed in PACT with PCMHI support Conduct and document findings on Veterans seen in the clinical setting Determine potential needs for therapeutic changes, diagnostic workups or subspecialty consultation Evaluate Veterans and manage mental health diagnoses according to the usual scope of care to include attention to maintenance of stable conditions, preventive health care and screening Assist Veterans to maintain or improve their current state of health exists Assist Veterans to regain or improve their abilities to cope with states of health and illness VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): A recruitment/relocation incentive has been authorized for well qualified candidates. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. EDRP Authorized: Contact Demetrius Roberts at Demetrius.Roberts@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance. Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of annual paid time offer per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 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 Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm Telework: Selectee will be required to work on site; Telework eligibility is on an ad hoc basis.
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.