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Psychiatrist Medical Director, Child/Adolescent Mental Health Services *Sign-on Bonus $15,000*

Company: The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
Location: Houston
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD ("The Harris Center") is looking for a Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services (CAS) to join our team. The Medical Director of CAS will be responsible for core functions in medical staff services to child and adolescent mental health outpatient clinics, and oversight for program expansion (co-location sites), and other programmatic development. The position will report to the VP of Mental Health Medical Services. The medical director of CAS will help develop and implement policies/procedures and overseeing trends in care delivery for child mental health referrals throughout the agency. The programs overseen include child outpatient services, co-location outpatient mental health services, Youth empowerment services (YES) waiver services, juvenile justice, and other specialty programs. In addition, the role will be primarily responsible to assist the VP of Mental Health Medical Services to direct and coordinate the medical management, quality improvement, transitions of care, and credentialing/onboarding functions for child mental health providers. The candidate will collaborate with Clinical staff, IT, medical staff, and medical leaders to drive meaningful measurement and quality assurance as defined by the Texas Administrative Code. Travel is required to provide leadership presence in our outpatient clinics. The role will have a split responsibility for direct patient care and administrative leadership.

The successful candidate will have extensive experience in theory and practice of behavioral health services, continuous quality improvement, utilization management, policies and procedures as related to child and adolescent medical services, data and trend analysis, and leading child and adolescent outpatient medical teams to effectively drive positive change within the organization.

What will you do:

Under the general supervision of the VP for Mental Health Medical Services, the Medical Director of CAS will have clinical oversight and supervisory responsibility. This position will have several essential job functions, including medical staff management, oversight of quality/safety reviews related to medical practices, care utilization, and billing by medical staff, as well as an overall organizational leadership role.

Essential Job functions

Provide direct clinical care through routine psychiatric care by assessment, formulation, and direction of treatment interventions for designated
Serve as a dyad partner to the Director of CAS who functions as a clinical operational leader and collaborate closely with nursing leadership, Medical Director of Adult Mental Health, and other clinical leaders.
Develops and successfully carries out goals/objectives and sound protocols that comply with the state's performance contract/requirements, Medicaid/CHIP, and other designated requirements related to the delivery of clinical care
Performs medical review activities pertaining to utilization review, quality assurance, billing compliance, and medical review of CAS services.
Provides oversight for Utilization Review and Pharmacy Services, including financial operations and the appropriate and cost-effective utilization of medications within divisional financial controls.
Provides medical expertise in the operation of approved quality improvement and utilization management programs in accordance with regulatory, state, corporate, and accreditation requirements
Acts as lead business and clinical liaison to network providers and facilities to support the effective execution of medical services programs by the clinical teams
Assists VP of Mental Health Medical Services in planning and establishing goals and policies to improve quality and cost-effectiveness of care and service for members.
In collaboration with the VP of Mental Health Medical Services, the Medical Director for CAS develops and successfully carries out goals/objectives including:
quality improvement measures and compliance with policies/procedures and quality standards
communicate ongoing and timely information impacting the delivery of mental health services to patient/individual in an emergency and/or disaster event
patient care monitoring activities to review the quality and appropriateness of clinical care rendered
resolution of complaints related to physicians/nurses, pharmacy services and other issues of quality improvement
transitions of care for individuals entering and leaving crisis services and hospital-based settings, individuals transitioning from child/adolescent services
Meets regularly with lead psychiatrists and attending psychiatrists in CAS on patient care activities to ensure effective integration of physician services into the organization care continuum.
Responsible for regularly monitoring physician productivity with lead psychiatrists and attending psychiatrists, identifies and coaches to improve individual performance, identifies clinic flow issues and other system impediments (IT, No Show, Business office concerns), and champions necessary improvements.
Ensures adequate physician coverage of services in partnership with HR by actively participating in the recruiting, hiring, and onboarding of all psychiatric providers.
Plans and implements interagency collaboration with community medical schools to promote The Harris Center for Mental health Residency Training through various universities, including UTHSC-Houston and Baylor.
May participates in teaching and supervision of residents and medical students doing elective or required rotations in the MHC Division.
Interfaces with physicians and other providers to facilitate implementation of recommendations to providers that would improve utilization and health care quality.
Ensures the appropriate and timely use of criteria and guidelines in the administration of behavioral health treatment.
Collaborates with other decision makers at the local and state level in developing systems impacting the efficient integration of clinical care.
Complies with agency policies and procedures accrediting/regulatory bodies and performance contract documentation requirements.
Implements and/or champions safety concerns of patients and staff.
Demonstrates ethical conduct in all clinical and professional activities.
Performs related work as assigned. Adapts to changing work

What qualifications you will need:

Graduation from an approved College of Medicine or Osteopathy, with completion of general psychiatric residency training, child and adolescent psychiatry residency training preferred.
Must be Board eligible (and preferably Board certified) in General Psychiatry with Child and Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry preferred.
Experience preferred working in a forensic, criminal justice and correctional setting. Must be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas.
Must have a DEA number, a Texas Controlled Substance Number, and Triplicate Prescriptions for duties

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Must have knowledge of various therapeutic modalities and DSM-V diagnostic evaluation.
Must have basic knowledge of principles of the development, implementation and documentation of individualized care and treatment.
Must have the ability to evaluate patients, set up and carry out an effective course of treatment utilizing the expertise of other clinical personnel with a minimum of direction.
Must have the ability to work collaboratively with other professional groups and possess the skill in preparing reports and recommendations for administrative purposes.

What we have to offer:

The HARRIS CENTER offers competitive salary, excellent benefits package, retirement plans with company matching, prior service credit towards generous PTO accrual, outstanding wellness programs and professional development.

Employees can also take advantage of business casual dress code, corporate discounts, and gym memberships. New hire referral bonus, discounts are also available on an optional basis. These include mobile phone service, fitness centers and other wellness amenities. Loan repayment program available for Licensed Mental Health professionals.

What else you should know


Shift: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This position is located at 9401 SW Freeway

About us:

The HARRIS CENTER is the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Authority serving Harris County, Texas. As the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, The HARRIS CENTER provided care to over 79,000 people in fiscal year 2019 and has an annual budget of over $275 million.

As part of its mission to transform the lives of people with behavioral health and IDD needs in the third largest county in the United States, The HARRIS CENTER provides a full continuum of services at 86 different sites across Harris County. In addition, services are provided in more than 42 different languages as well as sign language in order to better serve what is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural communities in the nation.

By utilizing the unique expertise of its more than 2,300 employees, The HARRIS CENTER is committed to meeting the behavioral health and IDD needs of Harris County residents and giving them hope to live to their fullest potential.%9654141% %%medtech%%

Keywords: The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, Houston , Psychiatrist Medical Director, Child/Adolescent Mental Health Services *Sign-on Bonus $15,000*, Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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