Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Mental Health Opportunity in Honolulu, Hawaii

Department of Veterans Affairs
Honolulu, Hawaii
Closing date
Feb 6, 2025

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Full Time
Position Type
The Associate Chief of Staff (ACOS) of Mental Health is responsible for the overall clinical, administrative, and programmatic operations of the Mental Health Service. The Mental Health Service Line at VA Pacific Islands Health Care System PIHCS) includes General Mental Health in the Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP) and Specialty Mental Health including Inpatient, specialty PTSD services, specialty substance use disorder, residential care, suicide Prevention Program, Workplace Violence Prevention, Psychology Training and Homeless programs.

Duties may include but are not limited to:

  • Decisions are made with very wide latitude and independent judgment.
  • Participates as chair of Mental Health programmatic oversight for Mental Health services in all VA PIHCS sites of care.
  • Applies knowledge of state of the art, evidence-based practice of mental health and organized treatment programs including a familiarity with all disciples that provide mental health treatment.
  • Has supervisory responsibility for subordinates and is responsible for all professional, management, and administrative aspects of mental health services.
  • Evaluates partnerships for other services including but not limited to Primary Care, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Whole Health and medical services that have an embedded mental health provider or may refer to mental services, using relevant VA statutes and regulations and take action to improve identified deficiencies.
  • Responsible for all administrative action associated with mental health including tracking and evaluating staff's workload and productivity, Action Items related to mental health, creating, implementing and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures related to all aspects of mental health services, documentation of clinical services and workload, performance improvement tasks, compliance with VA performance measures, meeting all appropriate strategic goas, compliance with requirements for follow up of Veterans who miss clinical appointments, ensuring utilization of resources, etc.
  • Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Responsible for timely completion of all program evaluations and documents required by Medical Center, VISN and VACO, ensuring compliance with appropriate bodies (such as CARF and The Joint Commission) and monitoring entities.
  • Support all existing safety and infection control practices relevant to this position.
  • Directs the continuous measurement and improvement of the quality, timeliness and patient satisfaction with mental health care provided by the service.
  • Targeting performance improvement initiatives to address national programs such as SAIL, HEDIS.
  • Plans, coordinates and ensure high quality, timely, patient centered care through utilization of multiple quality measurement tools.
  • Improves patient outcomes through implementation of strategies such as clinical practice guidelines and critical pathways, health risk assessment, provider profiling etc.
  • Continuously assess and improves the processes of mental health delivery in the service.
  • Provides continuing surveillance of the professional performance of all providers.
  • Provides active strategic decision-making and organizational planning, including budgetary and financial oversight.
  • Collaborates with other service chiefs in the development and execution of the overall Medical Center and business plan.
  • Plans initiatives and develops programs in collaboration with other services.
  • VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package. VHA Physician Total Rewards.

    Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases
    Paid Time Off: 50-55 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 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 (must be full-time with board certification)
    Malpractice: Free liability protection with tail coverage provided
    Contract: No Physician Employment Contract and no significant restriction on moonlighting

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