Provides psychiatric and medical care to clients by overseeing and prescribing medication behavioral health. Position has clinical supervision by psychiatrist(s) and administrative oversight by the Senior Clinician.
Practices appropriate medication management and uses sound clinical judgment based on best practice standards.
Provides clinical knowledge regarding severe and prolonged mental health and substance abuse disorders as well as medical knowledge related to heath and well being.
Provides ongoing medical education to case managers both informally and in training formats.
Conducts psychiatric evaluations, Mental Status Exams for all newly admitted clients as well as annual renewals.
Prescribes and monitors medication for clients throughout agency. Consults with other staff, agencies or specialists as necessary.
Makes appropriate referrals for acute, chronic and preventative behavioral/medical health care.
Practices appropriate follow up to special needs clients, including ordering of labs and diagnostic imaging consultation as indicated.
Coordinates patient care with colleagues, nursing staff, reception, clinicians, outreach, case management staff and other agencies as necessary. Assesses clinical risk factors and performs crisis evaluations as needed.
Contributes to bio-psychosocial assessments, diagnosis, treatment plans and goals.
Educates clients on preventive behavioral/medical health care and chronic disease management or refers to appropriate resources or agencies.
Documents all required encounters. Completes contacts and progress notes within 72 hours of encounter including client education, response to medications and assessment of any potential side effects or confounding variables. Communicates pertinent client information to collaborative treatment team.
Provides 65% of time working directly with clients.
Supports the processes for all contractual agreements, certifications or licensing regulations including but not limited to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), CARF, and Department Public Health (DPH).
Maintains and implements the Recovery philosophies with direct implications to staff, clients, family, and community development.
Participates in clinical meetings and ad hoc work groups in an effort to carry out the mission of the program within and outside of the organization.
Consults with psychiatrist(s) regarding medical and mental health needs regarding risk management.
Works in coordination with the agency Administrative Support Staff for proficient service delivery.
Other duties as assigned