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Psychiatrist

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible to provide psychiatric services as required and within the standards of professional psychiatric and medical care.
  • Responsible to abide by the security regulations of the facility, the regulations of the institution(s) to which psychiatric services are provided, and the policies and procedures of CCS.
  • Responsible to provide documentation of psychiatric services to permit monitoring of compliance with policies and procedures of CCS.
  • Evaluation and treatment in a timely manner of inmates referred for psychiatric services by mental health or medical staff.
  • Documentation of all psychiatric evaluations and/or treatment in inmate's health record utilizing approved psychiatric templates/forms.
  • Documentation of inmate's consent to treatment on the appropriate form to be placed in the health record when psychotropic medication is prescribed.
  • Coordination of medical consultations and lab work needed with the Health Services Administrator and Site Medical Director as needed.
  • Monitoring of inmates prescribed psychotropic medications to assess treatment effectiveness and medication side effects by psychiatric interview at least every 90 days.
  • Provide supervision and oversight to psychiatric nurse, if such a position is utilized at Psychiatrist's assigned facility.
  • Ensure support services and monitoring of patients as needed by submitting a referral to mental health staff.
  • Evaluation of inmates referred potentially in need of transfer to specialized internal mental health facility or community mental health facility. Provision of documentation required to effect transfer when indicated. Psychiatric services for these inmates shall be provided to the day of transfer.
  • Assistance to mental health staff in the arrangement of civil commitment to an appropriate facility when the inmate is scheduled for release and is in need of inpatient care.
  • When required, participate in the Medical Treatment Review Committee to permit the involuntary medication of an inmate requiring psychopharmacological treatment and who, by well documented history of mental illness and violence, presents serious risk of danger to self, others, or property.
  • Provision of consultation and training services to mental health and medical staff.
  • Provision of on-call psychiatric services after hours when scheduled and as needed.
  • Provision of documentation of psychiatric services contacts to Mental Health Coordinator upon request.
  • Compliance with approved medication formulary and/or acquisition of approval for non-formulary items from Corporate Medical Director and/or Director of Psychiatric Services.
  • If assigned to a Reception and Diagnostic Unit, provision of formal diagnostic evaluations for complex presentations as referred by Clinical Supervisor of RDU, with documentation of findings in health record and any other required charting medium utilized at RDU.
  • If assigned to a Reception and Diagnostic Unit, adherence to timely schedule of initial inmate psychiatric evaluations as related to psychotropic medication needs.
  • Notification to appropriate supervisory staff member, in timely manner, of clinical or administrative concerns, including inmate transfers.
  • Your exercise of independent medical judgment with regards to patient diagnosis and treatment shall be unrestricted.
  • May be required to participate in a system of 24-hour crisis intervention services.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance.
  • Must be able to apply principles of critical thinking to a variety of practical and emergent situations and accurately follow standardized procedures that may call for deviations.
  • Must be able to apply sound judgment beyond a specific set of instructions and apply knowledge to different factual situations.
  • Must be alert at all times; pay close attention to details.
  • Must be able to work under stress on a regular or continuous basis.
  • Post orders, if applicable, per site contract.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • CCS is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer



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