Psychiatrist (Director of Addiction Treatment Services)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Palo Alto, California
Internal Number: 602346600
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. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards. Recruitment Incentive (Sign-on Bonus): Recruitment or relocation incentive has been authorized. Education Debt Reduction Program (Student Loan Repayment): Yes 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 The Director is responsible for the overall administration, technical aspects, program planning, policies, evaluations as well as integration and implementation of clinical programs and activities for their assigned Mental Health section, which includes staff from various disciplines and services. The Incumbent provides administrative functions and leadership to a multidisciplinary staff; catalyzes assessment of the quality and effectiveness of activities, management and quality improvement techniques; and translates the results into clinical activities; program management, and policy development and implementation. She/he works in close collaboration with all MH leadership and other clinical chiefs, within VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) as well as VA nationally, as needed. The Incumbent works effectively on projects with Clinical Services in improving both inpatient and outpatient care for Mental Health. The Incumbent has a broad understanding of Veteran's VA covered services and eligibility for services and in this regard, oversees the Fee Basis Package to ensure appropriate use and approvals for non-VA services. A. Administrative: Provides oversight and leadership for the clinical, teaching and research functions at VAPAHCS. Responsible for the development of programs in clinical areas. Directly responsible for the recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and initiates areas of programmatic development. Responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards of excellent care in all areas. Some of these responsibilities are as follows: Program Development: Searches, faculty and staff utilization Resource Management Quality Assurance Direct supervision of faculty, staff, and performance measures: QA, reporting, performance Budgets: Equipment (major and minor), Clinical Services, Contracts Personnel evaluations, Performance Reviews, Credentialing Oversee teaching, clinical care, research Design and implementation of goal sharing initiatives Leadership: Identify, assess, initiate, manage and evaluate programs to protect and improve the health of Veterans who use the VHA heath care system. Identifies and assesses trends as they may apply to VHA health care system and Veterans served by that system. Evaluates existing and related VHA health programs in order to improve those programs and/or the health care of Veterans served by the VHA health care system. Provides leadership within VHA and VA for promoting public health and population health programs, mission to protect and improve the health of Veterans who use the VHA health care system. B. Clinical: Evaluation and management of patients in the setting of their assigned clinical duties. The incumbent may also supervise trainees including medical students and residents in the all of these settings. Practices safety, environmental, and/or infection control methods. Instructs other personnel assigned to health care team on appropriate medical activities and functions. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am -4:30pm
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.