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Psychiatrist Clinical Director, MDH

Recruitment #24-009283-0001



PSYC 0004


MDH, Behavioral Health Administration, Catonsville, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Administration provides clinical oversight of state-wide behavioral health services as well as thought leadership and partnership within the Behavioral Health Administration and across the Maryland Department of Health.

Additional responsibilities include:     

  • Oversees the planning and development of new services inclusive of oversight of the Department of Research and Innovation;
  • Collaborates with other relevant service agencies in developing an integrated, equitable, coherent, person-centered service delivery system;
  • Provides specialized clinical, programmatic, and consultative resources to the Behavioral Health -Administration; agencies of local jurisdictions and counties;
  • Reviews certain standards of care, utilization review and concurrent treatment authorization for publicly funded health services; develops, with the assistance of the Deputy Secretary and Directors within BHA, new treatment models for health services, system plans, clinical information systems, clinical procedures, and tracking mechanisms for Administrations.
  • Provides consultation across MDH and participates in public health policy discussions and planning
  • Identifies strategic opportunities for service provision and implementation of models of evidence-based care
  • Partners on the construct of metrics for accountability, performance, quality and outcomes

This is a management position directly responsible to the Deputy Secretary of the Behavioral Health Administration and the incumbent represents the Administration in the absence of the Deputy Secretary. 


Qualified candidates must possess a current Maryland medical license, and board certification in Psychiatry by the American Medical Association Specialty Board or other Board approved by the Maryland Board of Physicians.  Candidates must also possess at least 5 years of experience involving providing clinical psychiatry services and substantial direct patient care, at multiple levels of care.


Preferred candidates should possess experience with evidence-based practices, Medicaid, value-based purchasing, cost-benefit analysis, medical decision analysis, credentialing, quality assurance and continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes.  Preferred candidates should also be Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Medical Association Specialty Board. Current Maryland Controlled Dangerous Substance Registration is also strongly desired.


1. Applicants must be licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians to practice medicine under Maryland State Law.

2.  Applicants must be board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties or other Board approved by the Maryland Board of Physicians. 

A copy of a current Maryland medical license and board certification should be attached to the application.


Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulations 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.


This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany your application.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. 

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.


The Maryland Department of Health offers the following benefits:

  • Meaningful Work
  • Excellent Health Benefits Package, including Medical, Vision, Prescription and Dental
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (Reduced Child and Health Care)
  • Generous Leave Benefits (6 Personal Days, 12 Regular Holidays, Annual Leave, 15 Sick Days)
  • Retirement
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Flexible Work Schedules (where applicable)
  • Free Mass Transit (Baltimore metro area)

For a full list of the benefits of working for the State of Maryland, please click the link below:


Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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