Minimum Qualifications Transfer:
Candidates must have permanent status as a Psychiatrist 2 and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.
To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:
Have a valid license** to practice medicine in New York State OR possess a limited permit and licensure in another state or by written examination in Canada***;
Certification in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology;
Eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
**The New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions is responsible for reviewing applications and granting licenses to practice medicine in New York State. For information on license requirements and to obtain an application form, you may link to the Office of the Professions' website at http://www.op.nysed.gov .
***If you are licensed in another state or by written examination in Canada, AND meet the other requirements for Psychiatrist 2, you are also eligible if you have a current limited permit to practice medicine in New York State. If appointed, you must obtain your license within one year of the date your limited permit was issued. Failure to do so will result in removal from your position.
Loss of license or limited permit to practice medicine in New York State or failure to maintain certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology will result in action to remove you from the position.
Duties Description The Psychiatrist 2 is essential to health and safety and the core mission of OPWDD. Many individuals in the care of OPWDD are diagnosed with a combination of Intellectual/Developmental and psychiatric disabilities in addition to medical conditions. This is a challenging combination that requires treatment by a clinician who has experience treating people with multiple conditions. Assisting an individual to manage their mental health is essential to their well-being and supports OPWDD's core mission of helping people live richer lives.
The Psychiatrist 2 will independently diagnose, treat, prescribe, and provide psychiatric care and treatment services to an assigned caseload of individuals. The incumbent will work with an interdisciplinary treatment team to provide clinical guidance. Communication and collaboration with family members and outside entities is expected. Documentation in an Electronic Health Record is an essential function of this position. Telehealth may be utilized based on the needs of the individuals served.
Incumbents in this position will provide a variety psychiatric treatment services to individuals in accordance with Article 131 of the Education Law and ABPN standards of care.
The Psychiatrist 2 will provide a variety of psychiatric care and treatment services to an assigned caseload of individuals including but not limited to:
• Obtains, reviews, clarifies, updates, and records individual information, such as psychiatric and medical histories, test results, diagnoses, prescribed treatments, and individual responses.
• Conducts psychiatric screenings, evaluations, and examinations; orders, performs, and interprets diagnostic tests and procedures; determines and/or confirms diagnoses; and treats a variety of psychiatric conditions.
• Prescribes and/or administers psychiatric treatments, medications, therapies, and/or other care to treat individual conditions; conducts follow-up examinations and monitors individual conditions, modifying treatment as needed.
• Collaborates with other health care professionals and disciplines to achieve treatment goals and objectives and ensure continuity of care.
• Explains and discusses procedures, test results, diagnoses, and prescribed treatments with individuals, families, and outside entities per consent.
• Refers individuals to other health care providers based on diagnostic and treatment needs.
• Assesses individuals for admission, transfer, or discharge to and from treatment programs.
• Participates in discharge planning and recommends or approves individual discharges.
• Maintains documentation consistent with agency, State, and federal requirements.
• Consults with and advises other psychiatrists, physicians, medical providers, and health care disciplines on diagnoses and treatment plans; and reviews and approves treatment recommendations.
• Provides clinical guidance and training to other medical professionals, nursing, psychologists and direct care staff; and monitors the coordination and implementation of care.
• Reviews individual records to confirm diagnoses, and/or ensure that treatments are appropriate for diagnoses and that electronic health records are properly maintained.
*Will assist with policy development and implementation and plans of corrective action
Additional Comments • Preference given to availability one weekday evening per mutual agreement (To be discussed at interview)
• Will consider part time if full time is not an option (To be discussed at interview)
• Family and household member relationships: OPWDD policy may impact eligibility for this position. Employees are responsible for recognizing the relationship and not posting for positions where it would be a concern. Before you apply read Section 120.27 of the Region 3 Policy Manual. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have you need help determining if this policy applies to you.
• CAPA: Must be cleared by the NYS Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment, if position requires working with minors and not previously cleared.
• If you are employed by state government you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information on PSLF, please visit www.studentAid.gov/publicservice.
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office (518) 473-4785 or Email at email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
• For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• As of 10/12/2021 all OPWDD employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to mandatory weekly testing for COVID-19.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications and should fax a current resume to the Capital District DDSO Human Resources Office. Please provide your social security number for service certification and transfer eligibility determination process. Please be sure to include the vacancy number on this announcement on your resume:
Capital District DDSO
Human Resources Office
500 Balltown Road
Schenectady, New York 12304
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