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Chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences with Academic Appointment

VA New England Healthcare System

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Chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences

with Academic Appointment to Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

White River Junction VA Medical Center (WRJ VAMC)

White River Junction, Vermont


You are invited to provide leadership in caring for our Veterans as Chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service. You should have a rich background in the clinical, academic, and administrative realms of mental health care, in order to qualify for an academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and serve on the department's Executive Committee. You must have an unrestricted US license (any state) and be Board Certified in Psychiatry and be a citizen of the United States.


The Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service (MHBSS) provides care at the WRJ VAMC and at seven Community Based Outpatient Clinics throughout Vermont and New Hampshire and is comprised of approximately 140 mental health staff members. WRJ VA outpatient programs are supported by acute and longer term inpatient mental health services, including a locked (12-bed) inpatient psychiatry unit for voluntary and involuntary acute mental health services, an active mental health consultation program, and a medical detox program that offers both primary and consultative services. We operate a robust suboxone program and a 14-bed CARF-accredited residential substance abuse treatment program. The service also manages a Lodge unit (10 beds) that is available to Veterans who reside remotely but wish to engage in intensive ambulatory care. Additionally, WRJ VA supports a highly utilized specialty ECT program that serves as a referral service for all of VA New England Healthcare System. MHBSS also manages the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, which operates 4 contracted shelters (serving 25 Veterans), 4 grant & per diem programs (serving 70 Veterans), over 200 tenant-based HUD/VASH vouchers, and 4 project-based HUD/VASH vouchers including a new project that alone will serve more than 50 Veterans. Homeless placements serve Veterans in their own communities and are distributed widely throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. Finally, MHBSS manages a community case management service which is offered to Veterans with severe and persistent mental illness throughout the hospital's catchment area. 

White River Junction, Vermont is located in the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire and Vermont where every season is stunning and there are endless recreational opportunities. Nestled between the Green and White Mountains and located on the Connecticut River, the area provides cultural and entertainment opportunities and year-round outdoor recreation. We are only a short drive to Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH and Boston, MA.   The White River Junction VA Medical Center is a 74-bed, acute care facility that provides a full range of primary, secondary, and specialty care. We are dually affiliated with the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine.


As Chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service, you will lead in the health care delivery mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs at the organizational level.  You will be responsible for the overall operation of the Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service, whose mission is to provide a continuum of quality care to our Veterans and, as The Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Service Chief you will:

  • Lead a large multidisciplinary service of mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physician assistants, and other clinical staff.

  • Oversee all aspects of the service including budget and fiscal management, human resource management, strategic planning, and program development, assuring that the clinical and administrative functions are integrated in order to provide optimum utilization of the available resources.

  • Ensure the quality and timeliness of the services provided, customer satisfaction, as well as compliance with standards of accrediting bodies.

  • Ensure appropriate use of available resources and be responsible for inspiring, motivating, and guiding staff in achieving the strategic goals and plans of the service.   

  • Collaborate with other service chiefs and program managers

  • Support the academic mission and oversees training and research opportunities.


    If you are drawn to service and wish to lead one of the most important aspects of healthcare for our veterans, Email your CV to Don Rainwater, National Healthcare Recruitment Consultant for VA New England Healthcare at Your inquiry will be held in confidence.



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