Medical Director - NCSH

Job Overview

North County Serenity House, a program of HealthRIGHT 360, was founded in 1966 to provide substance use disorder services in the community. North County Serenity House provides a gender-responsive and trauma-informed environment, using evidence-based and best practices that recognize and account for the role that trauma frequently plays in substance use and criminal histories of women. For clients with co-occurring mental illness, we provide integrated substance use and mental health services which treat both conditions as primary. Our residential facility serves up to 120 women (with capacity for up to 20 children under 5 years of age) seeking recovery from substance use disorders. 

The Medical Director will be responsible for clinical oversight of the assigned program(s) as well as act as attending physician, providing direct participant care, assessment, essential medication and monitoring functions, and consultation to staff and clinicians. Successful candidate will have an understanding of the progressive approach to working simultaneously with both mental health and substance use disorders, have a working understanding of how trauma impacts lives, and must be able to work cooperatively with an interdisciplinary team. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides medication evaluation of clients. Assesses, prescribes, and monitors patients for psychiatric medication
  • Provides psychiatric consultations and collaboration to staff and student interns
  • Conducts and/or participates in meetings with treatment team
  • Maintains up-to-date files and documentation on psychiatric medications, co-signs treatment plans and medical necessity determinations as required by funder requirements
  • Provides 24 hour 7 day per week coverage and is available to staff for consultation on urgent or emergent issues
  • Participates in concurrent reviews and appeals as needed for client treatment authorization
  • Participates in Peer Reviews to improve quality of clinical services
  • Provides clinical leadership to the program in collaboration with the program director and managing director
  • Monitors the performance of the program and works with the divisional director and managing director to improve the quality and efficiency of care and service provided to clients
  • Provides training and consultation to treatment staff

Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A valid and unrestricted California Physician’s License (MD or DO) with a specialty in psychiatry and / or addiction medicine
  • Valid DEA certificate
  • Experience serving adults with chronic medical conditions and co-occurring severe mentally illness and substance use challenges
  • A minimum 5 years post-licensure experience in direct patient care in intensive psychiatric and substance use treatment settings
  • Culturally competent and able to work with a diverse population
  • Strong proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, specifically Word Outlook and internet applications
  • Experience working successfully with issues of substance abuse, mental health, and other potential barriers to economic self sufficiency
  • Knowledge and respect of all confidentiality issues
  • Professionalism, punctuality, flexibility and reliability are imperative
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Integrity to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner
  • Proven organizational and time management skills
  • Openness to and comfort with change
  • High degree of self-awareness and self-regulation
  • Acts with a sense of urgency to ensure the highest quality of care possible for our clients
  • Outstanding ability to follow-through with tasks
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of interdisciplinary team and independently assume responsibility
  • Strong initiative and enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in whenever needed
  • Able to communicate well at all levels of the organization including working with organization leadership and high-level representatives of partner organizations
  • Able to work within a frequently changing project scope while maintaining overall direction and structured priorities

**The first 3-6 months of this position will be as a contractor with potential to be hired as staff   

Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
Status: Regular, Part-Time
City: Escondido
Hours/wk: 16

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