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This member of the Medical Services Team (MST) multidisciplinary team is responsible for serving as the primary psychiatrist for individuals identified as needing MST services in the community; to provide psychiatric and medical assessment and treatment; clinical supervision, education and training of the team; and development, implementation, maintenance, and supervision of medication and psychiatric and medical treatment policies and procedures for this service.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide psychiatric treatment for individuals identified as needing MST services.
- Prescribe medications and conduct regular assessments of therapeutic responses and side effects and educate clients and paraprofessional staff regarding medication treatment regimes.
- Participate in person served-centered comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history (e.g., onset, course and effect of illness, past treatment and responses, and risk behaviors); physical health and dental health; use of drugs or alcohol; education and employment; social development and functioning; activities of daily living (e.g., self-care, living situation, nutrition, money management); and family structure and relationships.
- Collaborate with the MST nurses in assessment of client physical health, making appropriate referrals to community physicians for further assessment and treatment, and coordinating medical treatments with psychiatric treatment.
- Collaborate with the MST lead nurse and staff in other NSMHA community based programs to develop, revise, maintain, and supervise team psychopharmacologic, medical treatment and medication policies and procedures.
- With other team members, provide support, education, and counseling to persons served and family members to help them become knowledgeable about mental illness, collaborate in the treatment planning process when invited by person served, and assist in his/her family member’s progress.
- Collaborate with all members of MST to provide crisis assessment and management and to develop crisis/safety plans.
- Be available on-call to MST staff, as needed, for management of psychiatric crises requiring immediate intervention.
- Participate in the assessment of need for guardianship and, when indicated, complete paperwork required to pursue guardianship for people served.
- Participate in the assessment of need for representative payee-ship, and when indicated, complete paperwork that requires physician documentation.
- Attend staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
- Train staff in the knowledge and skills basic to the treatment of severe and persistent mental illnesses.
- Provide clinical supervision to professional staff.
The psychiatrist is board certified or board eligible in psychiatry and licensed to practice medicine in the state of Massachusetts, and has strong clinical skills and experience providing treatment to persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Clinical supervisory experience is desirable. The person in this position must have a clear understanding of the characteristics and problems of adults with severe mental illnesses and be committed to community service delivery. Must be CPR certified within five months of hire.