The most important characteristic about SSLC employees is that we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence. Our vision statement is “Individuals served at State Supported Living Centers will experience the highest quality of life, supported through a comprehensive array of services designed to maximize well-being, dignity, and respect.”
The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.
The Psychiatrist performs advanced psychiatric assessment work and reports directly to the SSLC Medical Director. Work involves conducting psychiatric activities, monitoring trends, diagnosing, and treating SSLC residents. Administers quality and appropriate specialized psychiatric treatments, assessments, and procedures as needed. Reviews and analyzes system data to ensure treatment plans are individualized and decisions are made in conjunction with the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT). Ensures that the treatment plans are implemented as designed by providing consultation or training as needed to behavioral health and direct care staff. Attends weekly/monthly meetings and leads/chairs discussions to inform and create buy-in to necessary changes, and follows through on the implementation plans. Participates in Peer Review Committees for performance improvement as appropriate. Participates in or directs, as requested, any other clinically related committee that is formed for the SSLCs to recommend guidelines and standards of care in response to changes in research literature, regulatory environment, or public health as requested by the facility Medical Director or state office Medical Services Coordinator. Plans, assigns, and guides the work of others in the process of the multi-disciplinary approach to resident care. May supervise others depending upon SSLC structure. Performs other duties relative to the position. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift, and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned. Serves on-call in a rotating schedule as needed to respond to emergencies.
Utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to complete psychiatric assessments of individuals, and administers
psychiatric treatments and medications within the SSLC policies/procedures as deliberated with and agreed upon by the IDT. Conduct all required medication reviews in conjunction with psychologist and nurse according to Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) standards. Attends and participates in medication reviews and other meetings as requested by the IDT or administrators. Performs medication reviews in accordance with policy. Plans, assigns, and guides the work of others in the process of the multi-disciplinary approach to resident care per policy and procedures and the Department of Justice settlement agreement.
Establish physician-patient relationship by direct face-to-face contact. For newly admitted individuals, face-to-face contact must be established within 14 calendar days since new admission. Conducts at least quarterly psychiatric clinics as scheduled, emergency and follow up psychiatric clinics and psychiatric reviews as requested by the IDTs or the state office Psychiatric Services Coordinator. Treats each individual with the most effective medication and the most effective dosage. Reviews lab work, modifies treatment plans, and records deliberations and recommendations accurately and timely in the electronic health record.
Develops and implements psychiatric treatment plans documenting how supports and interventions are customized for the individuals’ psychiatric needs as well as their strengths and preferences. Documents how treatment plans are least-restrictive interventions based on risk vs. benefit analysis and treatment history, and how psychiatric supports and interventions are integrated with the supports and interventions from other disciplines. Develops and organizes implementation timeframes and provides guidance to the IDT, behavioral health, and direct care staff while following HHS and local policies and procedures, state and federal rules and regulations, and ICF-IID standards.
Reads and analyzes medical records, leads discussions in staff meetings, participates in conference calls concerning clinical psychiatric issues, and interacts with and makes recommendations to family members, guardians, and Legally Authorized Representatives (LAR) when requested, and obtains timely medication consents.
Ensures collaboration between psychiatry and neurology for dually diagnosed individuals. Provides Neurologist with necessary information and ensures that psychiatry notes reflect this collaboration.
Consults with other psychiatrists, medical staff, behavioral health specialists and/or psychologists, and others to collaboratively develop behavioral interventions, identify environmental factors that may impact psychiatric care, and participate in restraint reduction efforts by coordinating medication and behavior therapy. Manages acute psychiatric care including authorizing emergency restraints, writing orders for the emergency use of medication, and coordinating psychiatric hospitalizations as a last resort when clinically indicated. Participates in post-chemical restraint assessment not later than 72 hours post chemical restraint.
Reviews and monitors system data and trends related to the quality of psychiatric care provided at the SSLC at least monthly. Addresses issues identified through monitoring of data and presents changes to the IDT. Attends meetings and chairs discussions to inform and create buy-in to necessary changes, and follows through on the individualized implementation plans. Participates in desk and onsite audits by reading records and applying audit tools.
Maintains open and regular communication with the Lead Psychiatrist, Medical Director, Facility Director, and other staff to ensure the transfer of needed information and continuity of services. Participates in various committees designed to ensure residents are receiving quality care, such as Medical Services Division, Pharmacy, Therapeutics, Clinical Death Review, Administrative Death Review, Root Cause Analysis, and Admission Reviews.
Participate in mandatory training per HHS policies and procedures, HIPAA policies, state and federal rules and regulations, and ICF-IID regulations, and the requirements in the SSLC’s Department of Justice Settlement Agreement to provide quality psychiatric services and care to individuals served.
Develops, implements, organizes, and provides leadership in the area of Psychiatric Services following HHS policies and procedures, state and federal rules and regulations, and ICF-IID standards in order to provide quality psychiatric services and care to individuals served.
May manage staff within the psychiatric department providing regular feedback, conducting performance evaluations, and taking corrective action when needed, depending upon facility organizational structure.
Other duties as assigned include, but are not limited to, actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Must be licensed (unrestricted) as a medical doctor by the State of Texas and be Board Certified or Board eligible in Psychiatry in the state of Texas. Must have current unrestricted registration certificate from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Must possess a National Provider Identifier (NPI#) as defined by Medicare Part B.
All new hire candidates will be required to receive COVID-19 medical screening (nasal test) as part of the due diligence process.
Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 – 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.
All state supported living center employees are subject to random drug testing.
Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. This position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 60U, 60W, 210X, 92, MED10, 44PX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx
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