Clinical Health Psychologists

United States Department of Veterans AffairsKansas City, MO
Paid Internship

3 months ago


Psychologist-Mental Health Service Chief Job in Kansas City, MO

Job Location

  • Kansas City, MO

Job Overview

  • This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program.
  • You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment.
  • Approval, award amount (up to $200,000), and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after a complete review of the EDRP application.


  • Salary: $169,226.00 to $212,100.00
  • Grade: 15 to 15
  • Perm/Temp: Permanent
  • FT/PT: Full-time


  • Contribute to strategic objectives by developing, implementing, and coordinating programs, in collaboration with Kansas City VA executive leadership and through collaboration with other leaders across VISN 15 sites.
  • Lead the organization toward achieving stated VHA and VISN program goals, in support of the VHA Mental Health Strategic Plan and in concert with VHA and VISN Strategic and Performance Measurement plans.
  • Develop, coordinate, review, and evaluate MH programs, policies, and procedures and assume the authority to ensure implementation, as well as to maintain and improve MH operations.
  • Provide oversight of mental health administrative and clinical programmatic resources and monitoring of outcomes using a data-driven quality assurance process.
  • Chair a MH Executive Committee that proposes strategies to improve programming, reviews the timeliness of Veterans' access to mental health care, oversees the resources and efficient utilization of these available to MH programs, etc.
  • Collaborate with the VA medical facility Chief of Staff and the Associate Director for Patient Care Services to review recommendations submitted by the VISN.
  • Ensure written plans consistent with national policy for responding to mental health emergencies are developed and communicated broadly across the health care system to ensure Veteran safety.
  • Ensure same day access, screenings, and warm handoffs for Veterans who attempt to engage with MH services or regarding concerns.
  • Designate VA medical facility Mental Health Discipline Leaders for Psychology, Psychiatry, Mental Health Social Work, and Mental Health Nursing in collaboration with Nursing and Social Work leadership; further, will consider leaders for other Mental Health disciplines (Mental Health PAs, Mental Health CPPs, VRCs, MFTs, and LPMHCs) when staffing levels warrant.
  • Establish clearly defined processes for how Veterans progress through the continuum of mental health care, including transitions to treatment settings where mental health
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People who completed this type of internship end up in the following types of jobs

Top majors

That get hired for this type of internship

  • Counseling Psychology59%

  • Psychology10%

  • Clinical Psychology9%

  • Genetics3%

  • Social Work2%

  • 55 other majors13%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Stanford Hospitals & Clinics
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • UCSF Medical Center
  • Carolinas Healthcare System
Typical benefits offered for paid internships

(National average offered by employers)



Relocation Assistance




Housing Assistance

(avg. $2,892)




Travel Stipend

(avg. $978)




Tuition Reimbursement




Medical Insurance




401(k) Company Match




Paid Holidays


Average internship hourly pay

For Plains region

Government Administration

Typical pay range:

$15.05 - $19.35

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Kansas City, MO | $3,270/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,399

  • Miscellaneous$873

  • Food$442

  • Utilities$294

  • Transportation$262


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