Under general direction, to make psychiatric diagnoses and apply psychiatric treatment methods; to provide medical supervision and medication planning and management for mental health clients; and to do other work as required.
Positions in this class are responsible for conducting psychiatric examinations and evaluations, making psychiatric diagnosis, applying psychiatric treatment, and providing medical supervision and medication management for a wide variety of mental health clients. Incumbents provide on-call after hours and weekend consultation for the Detention Facilities and other programs as needed. Positions in this class receive medical, technical and administrative direction from a Psychiatric Medical Director or the Chief of Psychiatry.
Conducts comprehensive psychiatric examinations and evaluations for new clients, reviews medical records, makes diagnosis and initiates medical treatment or other therapy; assesses status of ongoing psychiatric clients, reviews medication and treatment history, prescribes medication, explains risk/benefits of medications, refers to appropriate sources of ongoing treatment; provides psychiatric consultation to staff, physicians, other departments, community agencies and groups; confers with clients' relatives concerning clients' mental illnesses and treatment plan; may conduct staff conferences and in-service training programs; provides clinical supervision to mental health clinician staff, psychologists and student interns; reviews and approves treatment plans, crisis intervention strategies and involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations; may conduct individual or group psychotherapy; reviews clinical reports, medical records, lab tests and physical exam reports; maintains medical records and prepares reports; prepares comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, medical progress notes and official letters and other documentation; provides treatment to the most distressed clients; assesses clients reaction to drug therapy to find the most appropriate drug with the fewest side effects; determines temporary disability and need for conservatorship; acts as a program consultant to alcohol treatment providers and geriatric service providers; may testify in court; attends meetings and conferences; may input, access and analyze data using a computer terminal.
Training and Experience: Any combination of training and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these knowledge and abilities would be:
Graduation from an approved medical school and satisfactory completion of a three year psychiatric residency approved by the American Medical Association or the American Osteopathic Association.