Staff Psychiatrist

Merced County, CA

Job Overview

Please Note: The Staff Psychiatrist is an at-will class under the direction of the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Medical Director and serves at the pleasure of the Director Of Behavioral Health & Recovery Services/Public Guardian-Conservator.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provides general, acute and continuing psychiatric care to the patients in the mental health and alcohol and drug centers.
  • Emergency on-call and call back consultations.
  • Consults with other medical and substance abuse practitioners.
  • May advise staff on appropriate treatment techniques for specific cases.
  • Orders appropriate laboratory work and nursing follow-up care.
  • Complete medical and court records in accordance with mandated standards.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team.
  • Evaluates social support/rehabilitation needs.
  • Reviews/oversees intake and treatment plans by multidisciplinary team.
  • Conservatorship evaluations and court testimony.
  • Provides jail-based psychiatric care and educates patients, families, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications: License:
Possession of a valid license to practice psychiatry issued by the California Medical Board.

Board certified or Board eligible in Psychiatric Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Essential Functions: Essential Functions include the ability to:

  • Operate a personal computer and other modern office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Analyze data, interpret policies, procedures and regulations, develop appropriate conclusions, and prepare reports.
  • Provide psychiatric, medical, medication evaluations and crisis intervention.
  • Meet deadlines under stressful conditions.
  • Resolve conflicts and respond appropriately to complaints.
  • Complete multiple priority projects with conflicting deadlines.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Occasionally lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Occasionally kneel, bend, twist, squat, balance and crawl.
  • Frequent use of hand-eye coordination.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.
  • Sit, stand or walk for long periods of time.
  • Regular attendance is an essential function.

Knowledge of:

  • The management of psychiatric patients with chronic disease and multiple problems.
  • Psychiatric medicine and forensic psychiatry.
  • Substance abuse issues.
  • Mental Health Laws and Regulations.
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation.
  • Community support systems.

Ability to:

  • Diagnose, treat, and manage psychiatric patients.
  • Work effectively in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Work with seriously mentally ill and their families.
  • Manage patient flow efficiently.
  • Consult/collaborate with multiple systems.

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