The Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (OMHSP) in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is responsible for providing strategic guidance directed toward improving the quality of mental health care for over one and a half million Veterans nation-wide. The National Mental Health Director for Quality Assurance & Improvement directs activities related to the implementation of VHA mental health policies, strategic planning, and performance improvement in concert with other staff in OMHSP and collaborates directly with the Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) Mental Health Leads to assess and evaluate the need for feedback to leadership and staff. The incumbent will serve as the subject matter expert and is responsible for maintaining communication with mental health and suicide prevention professionals working for VHA in the field, while providing leadership feedback on issues affecting professional staff and ensuring that requirements articulated in VA Directives related to the mental health care and suicide prevention services are effectively integrated as a component of overall VA Care. The duties include, but are not limited to: Providing mental health and suicide prevention program implementation consultation and technical assistance to VISN CMHOs and their staff in assigned VISNs in areas of identified need and/or assembles teams of experts and consultants who provide this assistance and consultation. Applying specialized knowledge of health care and management for planning, organizing, and directing national initiatives in the care and treatment of Veterans, educational programs, program evaluation, and quality assurance. Coordinating with VISN CMHOs and their staff in assigned VISNs, in the development and implementation of plans to assist in the full implementation of the Uniform Mental Health Services Handbook, memos/directives/handbooks, and other national initiatives. Providing education and guidance to the field regarding mental health program improvement and acts as a conduit of information between VACO and the field. Planning or aiding in the coordination of initiatives that cross multiple organizational lines Serving as a consultant to and guides the VISN CMHOs in designated VISNs, in the review of VISN and facility level data provided by OMHSP and other Offices by creating summary reports for their review, and meets with the VISN Mental Health Leadership to provide assistance in interpretation of the data to assist in the implementation of appropriate plans throughout the VISN. Coordinating and participates in VISN and facility-level site visits to address urgent issues, comprehensive reviews, and targeted consultation aimed at process/program improvement. Providing education, training and oversight of site visitors that participate in OMHSP-led site visits. Assisting in coordination of a formal report after each OMHSP-lead facility site visit, with a focus upon creation of actionable items for implementation to assist with facility performance improvement. Actively monitors VISN and facility performance improvement metrics and highlights concerns with VACO, VISN and facilities for action. Individually and in collaboration with others, proposes and develops training modules and materials to address areas of identified needs. Serving as an OMHSP liaison to a variety of other offices throughout VHA including VISN offices, VISN CMHOs, Medical Centers, and CBOCs, and promotes collaborations between OMHSP and those other offices. Serving as a point of contact for the dissemination of information to the public related to VA improvement initiatives. Coordinating and provides consultation and support to various projects and special initiatives, including responses to Congressional inquiries; develops briefing papers to convey findings and VA positions; develops education/training initiatives in concert with clinical and education officials; and monitors key activities in programs and projects for timeliness, accomplishment of key milestones, and support of overall objectives outlined in Directives and other publications of OMHSP, VHA and VA. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available Telework: Available Virtual: This is a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized PCS Expenses: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required Designated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.
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.