Program Psychiatrist

Job Overview

The Misdemeanor Incompetent to Stand Trial (MIST) Program serves defendants in Los Angeles that are facing misdemeanor charges but found to be incompetent to stand trial.  This population is often chronically homeless with mental health disorders and, without alternative resources must remain in the County Jail until their maximum sentence is served or are restored to competency. The Los Angeles’ Health Agency’s Office of Diversion and Reentry (ODR) has addressed the needs of this population through a diversion program that places them in residential community settings.  The goal of MIST is to have these individuals treated in the community, while still under an active Court order. Once they are restored to competency, they can then continue to attend Court dates.

Key Responsibilities

The Psychiatrist is responsible for providing clinically and culturally competent outpatient mental health services in a medical setting through the format of consultation liaison. S/he is responsible for diagnoses and treatment of LMIST patients in a sensitive and non-judgmental manner, and for making appropriate internal and external referrals.  S/he is expected to maintain a high degree of professional competence and the highest possible ethical standards, and to function as part of a care-giving team.  S/he is also responsible to uphold and imbue in others a commitment to addressing racism, and gender and sexual discrimination within the organization and our clinical practice.

The intent of this job description is to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities of this position, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Psychiatry Responsibilities:  Analyzes and evaluates patient data and tests to diagnose nature and extent of mental disorder.  Prescribes, directs and administers psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional or behavioral disorders.  Gathers and maintains patient information and records, including social and medical history obtained from patients, relatives or other professionals.  Design individualized care plans.

Analysis Responsibilities:  Collaborates with program Case Managers, Program Clinician, LCSW and with the Office of Diversion and Reentry Psychiatrist (if needed), to discuss treatment plans and progress.  


Education and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience working in a medical setting preferred
  • Experience working with homeless, mentally ill, substance using patients, criminal justice involved.
  • Experience working with populations with varying lifestyles, ages, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and economic status.
  • Board Certified in Psychiatry
  • Current California State License and Registration 
  • Board Certified/Eligible in Internal Medicine or Family Practice
  • DEA Controlled Substances Registration Certificate
  • Current BCLS/CPR certification
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred
  •  Ability to work cooperatively with others and foster team spirit, demonstrating good judgment in unusual and emergent situations.
Compensation: TBD
Type: Hourly/ Non-exempt
City: Los Angeles
Hours/wk: 4

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