The VISN Chief Mental Health Officer (CMHO) is a network level position that coordinates and plans for mental health care throughout the VISN. The incumbent directs a large, complex mental health program at the VISN level. This individual reports to the VISN Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Responsibilities include overall planning, direction, and execution of mental health
Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (Alternate tours Available)
Functional Statement Title/#: VISN Chief Mental Health Officer
RECRUITMENT/RELOCATION INCENTIVES MAY BE AUTHORIZED FOR EXCEPTIONALLY WELL QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. PERMANENET CHANGE STATION (PCS) EXPENCES ARE AUTHORIZED.
The VISN CMHO has the overall responsibility for implementing, planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, reviewing, evaluating, and improving the delivery of mental health services within the VISN to include, but not limited to, the following:
Develops, implements, and leads team management groups to effectively accomplish goals, focus on customer needs, assure and maintain quality, and accomplish mission and vision;
Monitors and evaluates VISN compliance with the components set forth in Uniform Mental Health Services in VA Medical Centers and Clinics Handbook as well as all other related VHA directives, handbooks, manual, memorandums, policies, program guides, and information letters. Develops, obtains appropriate approval, and implements plans to address gaps when they exist.
Lead the VISN mental health business direction through strategic planning, program implantation, customer focus, and team based management;
Efficient operation of VISN Mental Health services through cost effective systems, productivity, efficiency, and new programs and procedures;
Provides support/consultation regarding a full range of behavioral health services, including assessment and using the most appropriate clinical techniques in providing quality care;
Coordinates systematic efforts to meet performance standards in mental health for the VISN;
Conducts evaluations of specific features of VISN mental health care as needed;
Presents recommendations to the Executive Leadership Committee regarding changes needed in mental health care across the VISN;
Develops and expands the VISN Mental Health program's capacities, responsiveness, and image within the VISN and community;
Maintains clinical expertise and specific discipline requirements for licensure and practice in his/her clinical discipline as well as having a working knowledge of licensure requirements and qualification standards of all mental health professionals.
Performs site visits to VISN facilities that provide mental health services when necessary to monitor and/or investigate compliance with regulations and requirements and when requested by the facility or VISN management and provides written reports of such visits to facility and VISN Leadership in a timely manner.
Provides concise and timely reports to VISN Leadership.
Works in a manner that supports efficiency and fiscal responsibility.
Citizenship of the United States. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with Department of Veterans Affairs policy.
Degree of doctor of medicine or an equivalent degree resulting from a course of education in medicine or osteopathic medicine. The degree must have been obtained from one of the schools approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which the course of study was completed.
Current, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or surgery in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia.
Completion of a first-year residency, or its equivalent, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the year in which it was completed.
Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Knowledge of state of the art, evidenced based practice of mental health treatments and organized treatment programs including the familiarity with all of the disciplines that provide mental health treatment services;
Knowledge of analytical techniques to evaluate workload, fiscal and performance measures data and other reports;
Strategic and tactical skills required to lead, communicate, and motivate a large group of managers, supervisors, and employees at diverse medical centers;
Ability to lead, communicate, and cooperate in a team-based management group;
Ability to create a strategic mental health plan and vision;
Knowledge of customer needs, technical and operations capabilities, and public relation skills;
Ability to plan, draft, evaluate, and implement a measureable business plan;
A commitment to promote efficient, high quality mental health care, support research and educational activities, and enhance communication between the field, VISN office and V ACO;
Capability to evaluate and facilitate quality improvement processes in mental health programs, including knowledge of performance measures/monitors, and internal and external accrediting/review bodies.
Willingness to perform site visits of mental health programs within the VISN on a routine and as needed basis;
Willingness to travel frequently to out of area meetings and conferences.
Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the VHA Office of Mental Health Services (OMHS).
Working knowledge and ability to utilize processes for rational ethical decision-making when conflicts occur between standards, goals, and resource availability.
Ability to coach and mentor MH leadership.
Ability to teach and apply process and quality improvement strategies.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-2 Physician Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Must be able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
Must be able to travel by automobile or airplane and to drive a vehicle without assistance.
Must have the manual dexterity and visual acuity to be able to operate a standard computer keyboard and/or a handheld device such as a blackberry or iPhone.
Must be physically able to speak publically to large gatherings.
Must be able to hear well enough to participate in conference calls.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants: *DD-214 *OF-306 *Other(Application VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors) *Other Veterans Document *SF-15 *SF-50 *Transcript
VA Form 10-2850 - Application for Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists and Chiropractors (Available at
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP), on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section(s) provided. A legible copy of your DD214(s) indicating character of service, disability certification, SF-15 (if claiming 10 pt. preference) or if you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within 120 days; documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Documentation is required for eligibility verification.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1969412.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.