Child Psychiatrist - Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $290,680.00 - $343,636.80 Annually USD

Job Description

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) seeks board eligible or board certified psychiatrists to serve as a staff Child Psychiatrist for the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services division. The position, providing professional child psychiatric diagnostic and therapeutic services to clients in various divisions of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, is full time, and currently open for hire. Service sites will include an integrated behavioral health team within a pediatric clinic, outpatient behavioral health clinics, and a juvenile justice facility. The specifics of the treatment sites where services will be delivered will be determined in collaboration with the successful candidate, the Supervising Child Psychiatrist, and the BHRS Medical Director.

The position offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package that includes County-funded malpractice insurance, retirement plans and health benefits for retirees, reimbursement of professional dues and expenses (up to $3,000/year), an additional 5% increase in salary for each qualifying Board certification up to two (2) Boards, administrative leave time at 5 hours per pay period up to 260 hours (this is prorated for part time employees) that can be used as leave or be cashed out up to 50% each Spring, and a wellness program, including exercise classes, worksite massage, and an onsite gym.

BHRS is a nationally recognized leader in trauma-informed community mental health services, with a core commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as guiding principles by which we continuously evaluate and develop our system of care, with a significant, long-standing institutional dedication of both staff and resources to realizing these core goals for our clients, their families, and our BHRS staff. BHRS offers the opportunity to practice state-of-the-art psychiatry without third party intrusions, the ability to work with a diverse client group possessing a wide range of community, family, and individual assets and challenges. We are also centrally committed to a multimodal model of care that recognizes the core contributions of therapists, parent-peer support workers, behavioral therapists, and wrap-around teams, pediatricians, teachers, and social workers, while also recognizing the central healing role of a client's family, peers, and extended community. Our BHRS psychiatrists will also have the potential opportunity to supervise psychiatric residents from the County's award-winning Psychiatric Residency Training Program, as well as Child Psychiatry Fellows from our Stanford University-San Mateo County Community Child Psychiatry Fellowship. BHRS emphasizes the use of evidence-based treatment approaches while also seeking continual improvement in the areas of cultural sensitivity and integrated services for co-occurring disorders. Our achievements reflect the work of dedicated staff as well as the valuable input of mental health system partners, including juvenile Justice, child welfare, foster care agencies, private providers, contracting mental health agencies, and the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Commission members, among others.

The ideal candidate will have completed a Residency in General Psychiatry and a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and will be board-certified or board eligible in both. A candidate will hold a valid and up-to-date California Physicians and Surgeons License as granted by the Board of Medical Care of the State of California, and a current prescribing certificate from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, including an X waiver for buprenorphine or a plan to obtain one. A thorough background check will be conducted, which may include inquiries of the Department of Justice and the National Practitioners Data Bank. Any negative findings may be a basis for rejection of an application. All services will be provided in a professional manner that demonstrates cultural sensitivity and humility. An ideal candidate will have a strong demonstrated commitment to and competence for providing care to populations with shared characteristics, strengths, and challenges as those populations served within our County's behavioral health system of care. An ideal candidate will have fluency in providing services in the preferred language of the families, notably Spanish, but Spanish proficiency or fluency is not required.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
Examples Of Duties
  • Provide professional psychiatric services for children, adolescents, transition-aged youth, and families enrolled in programs of BHRS.
  • Provide multimodal, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate treatments and treatment recommendations for clients under their care or for whom they are providing consultation.
  • Provide medication management, including Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorders as needed.
  • Coordinate the work of consulting medical specialists.
  • Act as physician member of a multi-disciplinary team for clinical work or program development.
  • Train and supervise interns, residents, and fellows, where indicated.
  • Provide clinical supervision to licensed and professional staff.
  • Maintain accurate and timely documentation of professional activities to high professional standards, and provide reports or summaries of these activities where indicated
  • Conduct and direct individual and group psychotherapy, where indicated.
  • Consult and collaborate with other medical and/or mental health professionals in the community.
  • Provide consultation to BHRS staff, County teaching staff, treating physicians and allied health workers, and to partner agencies, including Probation, Child Welfare, Human Services Agency/Children and Family Services, and contracted or governmental agencies.
  • Confer with clients' relatives or loved ones regarding illness and treatment.
  • Maintain electronic records of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis according to BHRS standards and other regulatory agencies.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is completion of an accredited psychiatric residency program as well as a child and adolescent fellowship.

License to practice medicine or osteopathy in the State of California.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of psychiatry including differential diagnosis and treatment approaches.
  • Current developments, trends, and research in the medical psychiatric field.
  • Psychopharmacology including indications, dosage, interactions, and side effects.
  • Laws regarding informed consent.
  • Documentation requirements.
  • Child development and its relationship to psychiatry.
  • Substance use/chemical dependency and its relationship to psychiatry.
  • Community mental health practices.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Diagnose psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Develop and monitor treatment plans and provide psychiatric treatment and management to children and adolescents.
  • Learn and apply laws governing medical psychiatric treatment.
  • Establish and maintain therapeutic relationships with children, adolescents, and families.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff.
  • Clinically supervise licensed and professional staff.

Anyone may apply. A supplemental application form must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. Resume or CV will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire. This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification . All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in County of San Mateo, California and applicants must participate at their own expense.

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Apply immediately. This is a continuous recruitment and is open until filled. Selections may be made at any time within the process.

The County of San Mateo requires that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy

At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's needs. The County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

HR Contact: Kristin Herman (03312022) (Child Psychiatrist - F122)

Job Address

Redwood City, California United States View Map