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 their goals.
MHA facilitates 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 collaborative work. Our highly trained staff utilize evidence-based practices throughout our comprehensive array of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented services.
Through our robust services, as well as our advocacy programs and community events, MHA is able to meet the needs of thousands of men, women, children and families each year, helping them live independent lives in the community.
Join our Team! We have an exciting new opportunity for a part-time Psychiatrist in our Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) located in Tarrytown, NY. Part-time position 14 hours per week minimally.
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 Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and 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. The Psychiatrist will 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, Psychiatrist will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The psychiatrist, in conjunction with the team leader and nursing staff, has overall clinical responsibility for monitoring recipient 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 administration and psychiatric and medical treatment and procedures.
2. The Psychiatrist provides psychiatric and medical assessment and treatment; education and training of the team; and development, maintenance, and supervision of medication administration and psychiatric and medical treatment and procedures. The Psychiatrist conducts psychiatric assessments including psychiatric history, course of illness, response to treatment, mental status examination, and DSM-5 diagnoses and present assessment results at daily team meetings and treatment planning meeting.
3. Collaborates 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. The Psychiatrist may also fulfill the duties of a registered nurse when not fulfilling the requirement for psychiatry.
4. Prescribe psychotropic medications and conduct regular assessments of therapeutic responses and side effects and educate clients regarding psychotropic medications.
5. Perform individual, group, and family supportive therapy as needed.
6. Provide on-site crisis assessment and management of patients during regular work hours, both on-site and over the phone.
7. 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.
8. 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.).
9. Document client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity according to established methods and procedures.
10. Participate in daily morning team meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
11. Follow the established ACT policies & procedures, agency policies and maintain appropriate professional standards.
12. Share client data with clients to help facilitate shared-decision making and keep client informed of their progress
13. 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 be currently licensed as a physician by the NYS Education Department and certified by, or be eligible to be certified by, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
2. Current licensure by the New York State Education Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration is also required.
3. Basic Computer knowledge is required.
4. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
5. Have and maintain a valid Driver’s License with a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier, have and maintain a Defensive Driving certification.
6. The Psychiatrist must be cleared NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
7. The Psychiatrist must be cleared by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Staff Exclusion List (SEL) and the New York State Medicaid Exclusion List.
8. The Psychiatrist must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
9. The Psychiatrist must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
MHA of Westchester is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by the applicable law.
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to email@example.com with “Psychiatrist-ACT” as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.