Psychiatric Medical Director

Summary: The Psychiatric Medical Director provides clinical, psychiatric leadership to psychiatric providers across HHO. The Psychiatric Medical Director ensures quality psychiatric and nursing services to special populations, emphasizing psycho-education, recovery, reduction of harm, management of symptoms and treatment of mental illness, addiction and trauma and provides administrative oversight within HHO. The role of the Psychiatric Medical Director in a community setting is a response to society's demand for accessible quality psychiatric care to all populations regardless of socio-economic status. Productivity is defined in the provider's contract.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Psychiatric Leadership and Service Delivery:

  • Oversight of all psychiatric services and psychiatric nursing activity including integration with primary care services.
  • Provides clinical consultation and program development assistance across various teams within HHO and other providers as requested by supervisor.
  • Maintains, develops and reviews policies and documentation related to psychiatric and nursing services across HHO.
  • Completes psychiatric evaluations and medication reviews a minimum of every 90 days.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary treatment team to ensure continuity of care.
  • Manages and evaluates the plan of care, process and outcome and then modifies the plan as needed.
  • Adheres to collaborative practice principles of respect and joint decision-making.
  • Provides outreach as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Documents comprehensive, accurate and continual data on participant records and program reports according to Organization standards within designated timelines.
  • Practices within the legal, ethical and professional guidelines established by: American Medical Association (AMA), American College of Physicians, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, private funding sources, Agency plans/policies, HIPAA, HA Ethics, Philosophy of Care and program guidelines. Participates in periodic evaluative reviews and/or in-house and external staff training to ensure that he/she understands and continues to adhere to such standards. Initiates requests for assistance or guidance from Manager to address new issues or complex concepts affecting adherence to professional standards.
  • Collaborates with other multidisciplinary professionals and community agencies to provide high quality care.
  • Seeks opportunities for community and professional outreach to maintain and increase referral base.
  • Providing training and presentations to multi-disciplinary professionals and community agencies, as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Disseminate information about services provided to other agencies or heath care professionals as agreed to with supervisor.
  • Participates in quality improvement collaborative peer review.
  • Incorporates and disseminates research findings as a basis for practice and to improve heath care outcomes.
  • Identifies clinical questions to be researched.
  • Prepares the appropriate program reports to fulfill funding requirements as assigned.

Psychiatric Provider Management and Development:

  • Manages Psychiatric Providers across HHO
  • Coordinates contracting and provides guidance to all psychiatric providers who are independent contractors.
  • Assures access and continuity of care by providing call for after hours coverage.
  • Assumes the responsibility for professional development and contributes to the professional growth of others within the treatment team by serving as a consultant.
  • Assumes the responsibility for maintaining competence in clinical practice by:
  • Engaging in mentor relationships with experienced providers to gain clinical expertise.
  • Developing and maintaining a case load and meet Organization productivity standards.
  • Participating in appropriate educational activities in order to maintain Board certification and continue professional growth.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervision, hiring and disciplinary action of all psychiatric providers and other staff as assigned.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
  • Quality Management - Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Education and/or Experience. Doctor of Medicine (MD) and ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints. Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Active Illinois Physician licensure, Board certification in psychiatry, documentation of a Medical Degree from an accredited school of Medicine, documentation of residency completion in psychiatry from an accredited residency program and Physician National Data Bank verification of legal claims history.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit.
  • The employee must use hands to finger, handle, or feel
  • The employee must reach with hands and arms and talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of radiation

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions, and operates all programs, services, and functions without regard to race, receipt of an order of protection, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, amnesty, physical or mental disability, protected veterans status, genetic information, sexual orientation, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, use of FMLA, VESSA, military, and family military rights, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September 1987.


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