County of Alameda

Pharmacist, Behavioral Health Care Services (#5644)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Hospital Para Prof/Tech (007)
$52.97-$64.40 Hourly / $4,237.60-$5,152.00 BiWeekly /
$9,181.47-$11,162.67 Monthly / $110,177.60-$133,952.00 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under direction of the Director of Pharmacy or Medical Director, supports the monitoring and the delivery of pharmacy services to mental health and alcohol and drug programs for the Health Care Services Agency Department of Behavioral Health Care Services (BHCS). In addition, this position assists in the monitoring of medication prescribing and performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

An incumbent in the class of Pharmacist, BHCS assists the Pharmacy Director and Senior Pharmacist in monitoring pharmacy services and medication prescribing for Behavioral Health Care Services and its clients throughout BHCS programs and network pharmacies. The Pharmacist, BHCS is the entry level position and has little to no experience working with mentally ill clients and minimal training and knowledge in psychotropic medications. This position reports directly to the BHCS Director or Pharmacy Services.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Supports the BHCS Medication Monitoring Program which includes quarterly monitoring of all programs’ charts using the BHCS Practice Guidelines, annual monitoring goal of 15% of each physician’s caseload, and semiannual program reports & trending data to the BHCS Pharmacy and Medical Director.
2. Assists the Senior Pharmacist in monitoring psychotropic prescribing patterns including monthly usage, dosing and cost data for long-range planning and cost analysis.
3. Assists the Senior Pharmacist with drug company medication and Patient Assistance Program by generation of medication reports, patient assistance applications, and quarterly medically indigent adult (MIA) pharmacy monitoring of medications.
4. Assists the Senior Pharmacist in monitoring program supply of medication on a quarterly basis and medication disposal as necessary.
5. Provides data as assigned by the Senior Pharmacist.
6. Supports the Adverse Drug Reaction reporting system.
7. Provides general medication consultations as requested by the medical staff.
8. Assists Pharmacy Director with prescription billing and claims reversal.
9. Keeps informed of new drugs and innovations in the psychiatric pharmaceutical field, maintains awareness of current literature and information for BHCS staff, serves as a resource for the professional staff and answers technical pharmaceutical questions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Experience/Education:

Graduation from an accredited College of Pharmacy, and the equivalent of two years of full-time experience as a pharmacist.

License:

Possession of a valid license to practice pharmacy in California.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• General clinical pharmacy practice and client health records
• General disease states treatment options
• Pharmacy Benefit Management Services
• Data Collection

Ability to:

• Communicate effectively orally and in writing
• Review data and make recommendations
• Educate
• Plan and organize.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
Typed: 9/96
JGS:lm
Old doc: 1333h.doc
New doc: 5644.doc
ys/6/01
CSC Date: 10/18/96
AB:po Revise/Retitle 4/24/09
old title: Clinical Pharmacist Specialist
CSC Date: 5/20/2009

BENEFITS

Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.