The Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) facilitates the implementation of suicide prevention strategies at a local level through education, monitoring, and coordination activities. The SPC functions as a coordinator for care of veterans at suicide risk and an consultant to the MHSL, facility leadership, program managers, and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual patients, for the facility and veteran community as a whole. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education. Hold a master's or doctoral degree in: Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; or a related field, from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Examples of related mental health counseling fields include, but are not limited to Addiction Counseling; Community Counseling; Gerontology Counseling; Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling. CACREP defines the date when graduates are considered to have graduated from a CACREP accredited program. Additional information may be obtained from http://www.cacrep.org/directory/. NOTE: Traditional Rehabilitation counseling programs that are accredited by CACREP do not meet the LPMHC qualification standards as Traditional Rehabilitation counseling differs from Clinical Rehabilitation counseling. Licensure. Persons hired or reassigned to LPMHC positions in the GS-0101 series in VHA must hold a full, current, and unrestricted license to independently practice as a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor, which includes diagnosis and treatment. NOTE: It is VHA policy that a LPMHC who does not yet have a license that allows independent practice must be supervised by a licensed independent practitioner of the same discipline who is a VA staff member and who has access to the electronic health record. Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates. Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor (Program Coordinator), GS-12: (a) Experience, Education, and Licensure: In addition to the basic requirements, candidates must have at least one year of progressively complex experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Experience must have been in a major specialty treatment program area such as, but not limited to, Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health intensive case management (MHICM), or other areas of equivalent scope and complexity. Experience must demonstrate possession of advanced practice skills and judgment, demonstrating progressively more professional competency. (b) Assignments: LPMHC Program Coordinators are administratively responsible for a clinical program and provide treatment to patients in a major specialty. They manage the daily operations of the program, develop policies and procedures, and prepare reports and statistics for facility, VISN, and national use. They may supervise unlicensed graduate LPMHCs and may administratively manage any employees assigned to their program. (c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition to meeting the KSAs for the GS-11 grade level, the candidate must demonstrate all of the KSAs below: 1. In depth knowledge of the program coordinated, and demonstrated knowledge and ability to write policies procedures and or practice guidelines for the program. 2. Ability to make key decisions in the hiring and identification of top candidates. 3. Ability to provide leadership in facilitating the process of coordinating program consults, assessments, admissions, care assignments and discharges. 4. Ability to provide subject matter consultation to other colleagues and trainees within the field of counseling working on an interdisciplinary team. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/106 PART II APPENDIX G43 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-12. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["The Licensed Professional Mental Health Coordinator is capable of practicing at the advanced level and has specialized knowledge of practice typically related to suicide (causes and prevention). Incumbent should have at least 2 years in an area of specialized LPMHC practice and licensed or hold certification in a state at the advanced practice level. FUNCTIONS OR SCOPE OF ASSIGNED DUTIES:\nThe SPC functions as a coordinator for care of veterans at suicide risk and an advisor to the Suicide Prevention Program Manager and staff concerning suicide prevention strategies for individual patients level, and for the facility and veterans community as a whole. This is accomplished through: Administrative Duties:\n1. The SPC is responsible for tracking and reporting all suicide attempts and completions at the facility.\n2. The SPC is responsible for maintaining a facility \"high-risk\" list which identifies patients who have been deemed at-risk for suicide, per consultation with clinicians.\n3. The SPC exclusively controls the Category I Patient Record Flag as it relates to suicide and limits its use to patients who meet the criteria of being placed on the facility high risk list.\n4. The SPC maintains the list of patients who have a Category I Patient Record Flag for suicide and reviews the list at least every 90 days.\n5. The SPC should participate in the aggregate suicide Root Cause Analyses (RCA's) and individual RCA's concerning patients who have attempted or committed suicide.\n6. The SPC should be involved in the Environment of Care (EOC) Safety Survey. The SPC is required to assist the EOC Safety Survey team in determining actions that should be taken to improve the mental health inpatient environment.\n7. The SPC is responsible for updating and revising, as necessary, local policies related to suicide prevention training, documentation, and suicide risk assessments. This shall be in coordination with ACOS MHSL.\n8. Other administrative duties as assigned. Clinical Duties:\n1. The SPC is responsible for following up on consults (within 24 business hours) received from the Veterans Crisis Line to assure timely access to care and follow-up for patients in crisis. When an appointment is needed, and when possible, the SPC should meet the veteran at the door to make sure they are seen and evaluated in a timely manner. When needed, the SPC assists with and expedites veteran enrollment into the VA.\n2. The SPC will contact veterans who have been identified as surviving an attempt or who are identified as being high risk. Personal contact will be made with the veteran and the SPC will establish US mail contact with him/her in order to provide an \"enhanced care\" model of prevention which maintains communication with the veteran. The SPC documents, when appropriate, the nature of follow-up and plans for continuing treatment in the electronic medical record.\n3. The SPC is responsible for assisting in the suicide risk assessment (if clinical consultation is necessary) in individual patients in conjunction with the treating clinician and managing the Category I Patient Record Flag for patients at high risk for suicide.\n4. The SPC is responsible for continued contact and monitoring with veterans that have been identified as high-risk for suicide to assure continued care and treatment.\n5. The SPC is responsible for coordinating with providers continued contact and monitoring with veterans that have been identified as high-risk for suicide to assure continued care and treatment.\n6. The SPC ensures that patients identified as being at high risk for suicide receive follow-up for any missed mental health and substance abuse appointments in conjunction with the clinical treatment team, and that this follow-up is documented by the MH treatment providers in the electronic medical record.\n7. The SPC is responsible for following-up on referrals received from staff as a result of the SAVE training.\n8. Other clinical duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 0800-1630\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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