The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
MHA offers a range of treatment and support services that are person-centered, recovery-oriented, and individualized to promote recovery and wellness. MHA reaches out to families and individuals by providing services in their homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters and other community sites. Our staff support recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaboration. When possible we will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.
We have an exciting new opportunity for a part-time Psychiatrist in our Assertive Community Treatment service.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
The ACT team provides non-traditional community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of 68 adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders to reduce use of ERs and inpatient hospital stays. As a member of the multidisciplinary team, the Psychiatrist in conjunction with the team leader, has overall clinical responsibility for monitoring client treatment and staff delivery of clinical services. The Psychiatrist provides psychiatric and medical assessment and treatment; clinical supervision, education, and training of the team; and development, maintenance, and supervision of medication and psychiatric and medical treatment policies and procedures.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Act as psychiatrist for all clients.
2. Conduct psychiatric assessments including psychiatric history, course of illness, response to treatment, mental status examination, and 5 Axis DSM IV diagnoses and present assessment results at daily team meetings and treatment planning meeting.
3. Supervise the treatment team in the comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors), mental status, and diagnosis; physical and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
4. Collaborate with the registered nurse in assessment of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinating medical treatments with psychiatric treatment.
5. Prescribe psychotropic medications and conduct regular assessments of therapeutic responses and side effects and educate clients regarding psychotropic medications.
6. Perform individual, group, and family supportive therapy and illness education in the process of carrying out the tasks above.
7. With other team members, provide support, education, and counseling to family members of clients to help them become knowledgeable about mental illness, collaborate in the treatment process, and assist in their family member’s process.
8. Provide on-site crisis assessment and management of patients during regular work hours, both on-site and over the phone, during other hours, and as on-call backup to the first-line on-call staff.
9. Be actively involved in hospitalization of clients including initiation and facilitation of admission on the hospital; regular communication and consultation with the attending psychiatrist; frequent visits to clients in the hospital; and along with other team members, collaboration with the inpatient staff in the planning and implementation of treatment and discharge to the community.
10. Submit written reports and oral testimony and presentation of opinion in commitment and other legal proceedings and in a wide range of treatment, rehabilitative, and support services matters (e.g., Social Security applications, prior authorization of medication, etc.).
11. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
12. Participate in daily morning team meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
13. Follow the established ACT policies & procedures, agency policies and maintain appropriate professional standards.
14. Practice with a person-centered, trauma informed philosophy in alignment with the values of MHA.
15. Other related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
1. Experience understanding family systems based on diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds
2. Experience understanding various evidence-based models and theories pertaining to psycho-education, motivational interviewing, serious mental illness and recovery.
3. Extensive knowledge of Assertive Community Treatment, family community support services such as NAMI, and community resources
4. Use of Motivational interviewing, recovery and trauma-informed approaches when delivering services
5. Highly organized and self-motivated
6. Proficient in computers
7. Familiarity with and ability to use an Electronic Health Record system.
1. Must hold a medical degree from an accredited medical school with a residency in either child, adolescent or adult psychiatry.
2. Board certification must be attained in adult psychiatry within 12 months of hire.
3. Current licensure by the New York State Education Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration is also required.
4. Basic Computer knowledge is required.
5. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
6. The Psychiatrist must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
7. The Psychiatrist must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
8. The Psychiatrist must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
9. The Psychiatrist must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
10. The Psychiatrist must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
We offer a professional yet relaxed working environment, providing room for personal growth as well as career advancement. Our benefit package is generous and flexible. And, we offer flexible work schedules, making MHA one of the most family-friendly places you could work! EOE
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with MHAEMPLOYMENT as the subject line of the e-mail.