Psychiatrist (Program Director, Addiction Treatment and Residential PTSD)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: North Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: 616790500
The incumbent serves as Program Director for the Addiction Treatment Program and the Residential Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Programs at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. The incumbent has full supervisory responsibility for the residential and outpatient addiction treatment program and the residential PTSD program and for the functioning and performance of said programs. The incumbent is considered to be an expert on PTSD and addiction treatment. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. 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 As the Program Director, the psychiatrist has authority over, and is fully accountable for all aspects of clinical care and administrative, fiscal and personnel management related to the provision of specialty services to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members seeking care within the PTSD and Addiction Treatment Programs. The incumbent is responsible for the overall management, operations and supervision of the multidisciplinary staff. The incumbent ensures Program compliance with policies and procedures of the Mental Health Directorate, the Mental Health Special Emphasis Department, the Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense, Federal rules and regulations, and with regulating, oversight and accrediting bodies such as NEPEC, JCAHO, SOARS, OIG and CARF. The Program Director organizes and facilitates clinical and administrative Program treatment team meetings; communicates with the Department Head of the Mental Health Special Emphasis Programs, the Clinical Associate Director of Mental Health or designee, and FHCC Leadership regarding issues relevant to the ATP and Residential PTSD Programs; and is responsible for responding to Congressional and Veteran's group inquiries. As Program Director, the psychiatrist is responsible for maintaining high standards through the review and judicious application of evidence-based practices, practice guidelines, and best practices methodology and the outcome of all direct patient care programming and support activities. The incumbent develops and monitors quality management and performance improvement practices, program goals and objectives and periodically evaluates and, when appropriate; modifies such goals and objectives, especially in accord with a changing VHA, DOD and FHCC environment. 1. Functions as an essential member of the interdisciplinary treatment team; 2. Provides behavioral expertise, education, and clinical guidance to staff in the management of Veterans and Active Duty Service Members served by the Programs; 3. Assesses the need for referral for additional psychological and medical services for Veterans and Active Duty Service Members served by the Programs; 4. Coordinates with providers within the Mental Health Directorate and the FHCC when other care such as psychiatric or palliative care is involved; 5. Establishes and maintains sound therapeutic relationships and exercises professional judgment in providing treatment to Veterans and Active Duty Service Members. Ability to organize work, set priorities, delegate tasks, and meet multiple deadlines. 6. Knowledge of and ability to utilize evidence-based practices and clinical practice guidelines appropriately and ability to guide staff in using these tools. 7. Consults with and apprises the Clinical Associate Director, Mental Health, the Department Head, Mental Health Special Emphasis Programs, and the Mental Health Leadership Group in the development of plans for the ongoing provision of services provided in the ATP and PTSD Programs and as may be appropriate throughout the FHCC. 8. Actively participates, as needed, in the provision of clinical care services within the incumbent's credentials and privileges. 9. Plans work to be accomplished, set priorities and establish schedules or accomplishments of work assigned. 10. Provides clinical consultation to newly appointed program leaders, various disciplines and levels of training, newly hired staff and other Medical Center work units. Work Schedule: M-F 0730-1600
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.