The Nurse Practitioner Psychiatric (NP) for the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) program. The PC-MHI program provides behavioral health consultation, assessment, intervention, and triaging within the Primary Care clinics and serves as a primary point of access for patients in need of behavioral healthcare. Patients access PC-MHI services through "warm hand-offs" from Primary Care providers as well as by walking into Primary Care during business hours. Critical functions of the PC-MHI program are to provide patients with easily accessible, same-day behavioral health evaluation and intervention, and to facilitate patients in accessing appropriate longer-term behavioral healthcare within the James H. Quillen VA Medical center (JHQVAMC) as needed. Whenever appropriate, patients are triaged for care within PC-MHI. When higher levels, or other types, of behavioral healthcare care are needed, patients are referred to the appropriate treatment programs, and successful initiation of care in those programs is facilitated by PC-MHI staff. The PC-MHI Psychiatric NP functions within fast-paced primary care teams and can expect to consult with at least 8 patients per day with the primary goals of assisting primary care teams with identification, treatment, and management of mental health and behavioral medicine conditions in the enrolled population. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners working in an integrated care setting have many potential functions. In PC-MHI they are part of a primary care team and function in a consultative as well as direct treatment role. While PC-MHI primarily employs a population-based approach focusing on uncomplicated mental health conditions commonly encountered in primary care, the addition of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner allows for co-management of more complex conditions when indicated. Given this role, it is critical that any Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in PC-MHI has a broad base of knowledge, skills, and abilities to address the wide variety of mental illnesses that may be encountered in the population. In addition, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is also a key member of the overall mental health team and serves a critical role in the continuum of care. Any Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working in integrated care, whether serving as a clinician, team leader or both, should strive to assure that the four essential elements of collaborative care are included in PC-MHI. These elements are not unique to integrated care but apply throughout VA healthcare and include provision of care that is 1) team-driven, 2) population-focused, 3) measurement-guided, and 4) evidence-based. Preferred Experience: One-year mental health outpatient experience PMHNP certification required. Work Schedule: Monday -Friday Day hours Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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