This position is located at the VAMC, Coatesville, PA and reports to the Chief, Domiciliary Care Program (Dom or DRRTP) and the ACOS, Mental Health under the Chief of Staff. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the Assistant Chief, Dom and to make available support to the Dom Chief in all aspects of the clinical care and support services provided to veterans undergoing treatment in the various units of Domiciliary Care. As a professional and administrative adjunct to the Chief of the DRRTP, responsibilities lie principally in the areas of administrative support to the Chief, programmatic and clinical care, personnel issues, fiscal planning, environment of care maintenance, and in research and training. The incumbent supports the Chief in maintaining resident morale, staff motivation, health and safety, and clear program expectations. The incumbent assists in coordinating the service delivery of a growing number of specialized rehabilitation programs which provide a full range of professional and direct-care services. In the absence of the Chief, he/she acts to provide the leadership and management of the service which requires the ability to exercise full administrative and professional responsibility for the activities of the service. The incumbent ensures that high quality domiciliary based treatment programs and services remain consistent with evolving health care needs of the total veteran patient population. Also assists the Domiciliary Chief in providing the management team with innovative program proposals for expanding existing Domiciliary programs, creating new programs or converting existing programs to a domiciliary level of care from more expensive hospital level of care. Assists with monitoring accomplishment of the various programs established goals and objectives, periodically evaluating and when necessary modifying such goals and objectives in concert with the overall management and clinical medical facility goals. Assists the Domiciliary Chief with: developing and reporting to top management estimates of budget requirements based on past experience, anticipated workload and the production capacity of each unit; must be especially cost consciousness and finds means to substantially reduce operating costs without impairing overall operations, e.g., methods improvements, sampling, automation, etc, plans, develops and prepares budget estimates covering requirements for procurement of supplies, equipment and personal services; maintaining a budget control system which will insure adequacy of funds to provide uninterrupted service to eligible and entitled beneficiaries. Serves as a professional leader, coordinator and supervisor of associated clinical Domiciliary staff which could include Psychologists, Readjustment Counselors, LMHPCs, LSWs, LCSWs, and Peer Support Specialists. As Assistant to the Domiciliary Chief, operates as an experienced professional participating fully in responsibility and accountability for the technical accuracy of patient evaluations and the soundness of treatment plans. Assists the Domiciliary Officer in: Developing and managing in-service training and career development programs for domiciliary staff members. Providing consultation and training to newly appointed Assistant Chiefs on a system-wide basis. Providing education and training to other VAMC work units and staff requiring knowledge of domiciliary program operations, as needed. Directing the ongoing research and data gathering of the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans program and coordinating local research activities with the North East Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC). Participates fully in the evaluation and reporting program accomplishments in the attainment of established goals and objectives and assists the Domiciliary Officer in: Assuring effective program participation in VAMC quality assurance and utilization review programs in coordination with JCAH and CARF requirements and coordinating with overall Medical Center QA/UR activities. Initiating actions essential to the elimination of program deficiencies identified during evaluative processes. Directing the activities of the Domiciliary quality improvement efforts. In addition, the incumbent assists the Domiciliary Chief in improving quality of patient care in the Domiciliary setting. Work Schedule: Monday -Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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.