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Medical Director - Psychiatry

The Medical Director is responsible for statewide leadership and clinical direction for the agency’s Behavioral Health Medical Professionals. The Medical Director is responsible for high quality psychiatric operations and the development, implementation and administration of psychiatric services to clients. This position is responsible for quality reviews, peers reviews, and performance improvement activities for providers. This position also develops and provides the orientation and training for the agency’s Certified Medical Providers. In coordination with the Medical Integration Officer (MIO) the Medical Director develops and implements applicable, agency-wide policies, procedures and processes for all facets of the agency’s medical program. This position also handles all orientation, training and ongoing technical assistance for members of the agency’s medical program. The position also ensures quality management of all medical program and integration standards and services, as well as compliance with all relevant licensing, funding, AHCCCS and accreditation requirements. Twenty percent (20%) of the Medical Director’s time will be spent seeing ongoing psychiatric clients, completing psychiatric consults, providing second opinions and doing hospital follow-ups.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Serves as the primary role in the direction of the agency’s clinical psychiatric services.
  • Completes psychiatric evaluations, medication checks, hospital follow-ups, consultations and second opinions.
  • Monitors the availability and continuity of psychiatric interventions for clients.
  • Participates in psychiatric staffings and is available to agency staff for medical and psychiatric consultations for clients.
  • Participates in the development, evaluation and approval of psychiatric and medical administrative practices, procedures and policies.
  • As directed, participates in the development and implementation of new programs.
  • Develops and implements orientation for new medical providers, including orientation to the agency’s electronic health record.
  • Develops and implements trainings, seminars and learning opportunities for staff in the medical program.
  • Assists in providing in-service training programs for all applicable staff.
  • Participate in needs assessment, quality assurance/improvement, utilization review, case management and peer review programs as required by agency policies and procedures.
  • Reviews client psychiatric case files as requested by administration.
  • Assist in recruiting physicians and health professional affiliates to the agency.
  • Provides psychiatric coverage within the agency’s emergency psychiatric schedule.
  • Collaborates with hospitals on consults and paperwork for our highly acute clients when appropriate.
  • Develops a professional culture of collaboration and integration that enhances consumer health engagement, highest quality and most cost efficient care.
  • Works in conjunction with the agency’s Medical Integration Officer to provide direction, support and guidance to the agency’s medical program and staff.
  • Participates in selection process, disciplinary proceedings, supervision and evaluations, and makes recommendations for terminations for all medical professionals.
  • Adheres to appropriate standards of care and practice guidelines according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and in conjunction with agency, licensing, contract, and accreditation standards.
  • Effectively executes on programmatic initiatives including implementation of EBPs, best practices and data collection (coordinating with the Medical Integration Officer when applicable).
  • Ensures timely and effective service delivery within the agency.
  • Must be able to safely and effectively monitor consumer activities, with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Attends and participates in all required meetings.
  • Performs work and represents org in accordance with our mission, vision and values and Foundations for Success.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, which are consistent with the general responsibilities of the position.

Minimum Education & Experience:

  • This position requires a Medical Degree in Psychiatry
  • Must have a current DEA certificate and prescribing privileges.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a psychiatric/behavioral health setting; child and family public mental health preferred
  • Must have experience working with children and/or families in public mental health settings
  • This position requires board certification/licensure as a Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatry preferred
  • Minimum 2 years providing supervision, with prior Medical Director experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Competency in administrative, clinical, management and supervisory tasks.
  • Knowledge of medical standards, assessment procedures and treatment techniques.
  • Advanced knowledge of mental health issues.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of various models of therapy, especially short-term models using individual, family and group approaches.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care.
  • Knowledge of management techniques and supervisory best practices.
  • Knowledge of licensing, accreditation and contract standards.
  • Ability to consult, work and guide clinical staff at the paraprofessional to doctoral levels.
  • Knowledge of staffing development, process improvement methods and outcome activities.
  • Ability to develop, analyze and monitor the annual programmatic budget for the applicable area.
  • Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and good organizational skills.
  • Must be able to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment and be sensitive to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Must have ability to maintain confidentiality; and exhibit mature judgment and emotional stability
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in the English language.
  • Ability to interact well with various levels of staff and with guests of ORG.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and interpret complex information.
  • Must be able to physically demonstrate competency in the following areas: operate an agency transport vehicle (unless declared a non-driver).
  • Able to operate common office equipment and be proficient with electronic health records, calendaring, word processing and other needed computer and electronic devise skills.

Other Minimum Qualification/Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age (licensing requirement).
  • Possess a valid Arizona driver’s license and be insurable under the agency’s automobile policy.

May be required to travel for program and agency required meetings

Medical Director - Psychiatry

Phoenix, AZ
Full Time
Mid Level Career (5+ yrs experience)
Doctorate (MD / DO)

Published on 10/03/2020