This Marriage and Family Therapist (Advanced) - Triage Access Guidance Team (TAG) position is located in Mental Health at the Manchester VA Medical Center location. This position is a full-time at 40 hours per week. INTRODUCTION The TAG Advanced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (ALMFT) functions as a clinical coordinator for the care of Veterans seeking same-day and crisis mental health services at the Manchester VA Medical Center and outlying Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Employee works closely with the Primary Care Mental Health Integration team, mental health (MH) management team, program managers, and staff regarding crisis assessment and intervention. Employee also works closely with a diverse group of Veterans and their support persons to improve clinical and programmatic outcomes. Services provided include service as MH point of contact (POC) for multiple initiatives, coordination of crisis related services, provision of mental health crisis assessments, coordination with external community agencies, provision of clinical crisis consultation, and training to Manchester VAMC clinical staff. The TAG ALMFT serves to support Medical Center program evaluation and reports for national and VISN-level policies related to Urgent Care and Suicide Prevention and risk management. The employee works on an interdisciplinary team which provides services 5 days a week, with extended hours in the morning and early evening to cover Urgent Care. Employee is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related crisis intervention and management. The employee functions above the full performance level which requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of progressively complex post-masters degree experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. The employee must possess licensure or certification in a state at the independent practice level (advanced practice license is preferred). The TAG ALMFT provides mental health services on an outpatient basis. FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES Clinical Responsibilities (90% of time) The ALMFT will serve as the Front-Office Liaison/MH POC for Veterans who are seeking to address grievances and concerns about mental health with front-office officials. The employee provides emergency and crisis evaluation and brief intervention to Veterans seen in UC or to other specialty clinics in-person and through the use of telehealth technology: VA Video Connect (VVC) and Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT). The employee provides education and referral for resources and benefits and postintervention follow-up. The employee provides crisis counseling/crisis assessment to individuals and families presenting to UC or to other specialty clinics including mental health. Best practices, practice guidelines, and evidence-based treatment protocols are utilized to the extent feasible in all therapeutic interventions. The employee will ensure productivity is maintained at the established level for the program to which the employee is assigned. Complies with national and local performance measures, including timely health care screening and completion of identified clinical reminders for all patients. The employee provides education and referrals to Veterans for community services and arranges for coordination of these services as necessary. He/she acts as liaison between community and VA programs, providing care coordination assistance to community organizations, as needed. The employee evaluates Veterans in UC for involuntary psychiatric commitment and completes appropriate paperwork for involuntary psychiatric commitment when necessary. Program Coordination/Administrative Responsibilities (10% of time) The TAG ALMFT will serve as the MH Point of Contact for the national initiative: SPED (Safety Planning in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care). The TAG ALMFT will facilitate safety planning and follow-up in Urgent Care (UC). She/he will utilize existing national standardized note templates (update note templates as needed) and monitor the SPED dashboard and complete reports to ensure that the Manchester VAMC is maintaining adherence to National Suicide Prevention Protocols. The TAG ALMFT will coordinate the MH Service Line's On-Call program and provide training to MH staff members for UC and emergency services coverage. DUE TO TEXT LIMITATIONS, THIS IS NOT THE ENTIRE TEXT FROM THE FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW THE ENTIRE DUTIES SECTION, PLEASE CONTACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES POC LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS JOB OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (JOA). Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Compressed/Flexible Work Schedule: Not Authorized Telework/Virtual/Remote Work: Not Authorized Relocation or Travel Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 598966200
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