Position:  Psychiatrist
Location:  South Santa Clara County, CA
Job Id:  1282
# of Openings:  1

Position Title: Psychiatrist
Position Classification:Psychiatrist
Program: Operations
Job Type: Union- Regular, Full Time


Under general direction of the Medical Director, the Psychiatrist provides medication management services to clients of Community Solutions with mental illness and/or drug addiction.  As a member of the treatment team, the Psychiatrist provides medical consultation and treatment coordination with staff engaged in providing treatment and rehabilitation services to clients. 


Education and Experience


  • Active California medical license and board eligible with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for adult and/or child/adolescent psychiatry.
  • 3 years of experience in clinical settings, which demonstrates a thorough understanding of psychiatric assessment, medical procedures, medical treatments, and a broad understanding of mental health treatments and services.


  • Board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Experience with Medi-Cal documentation requirements. 
  • Experience with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems.
  • Working knowledge of Santa Clara County and surrounding area community resources.


  • Demonstrated ability to provide services, which include client medication monitoring, client psychiatric evaluation, quality assurance direction and monitoring, peer review, and staff consultation. 
  • Current principles and methods of diagnosing and treating mental disorders, contraindications and adverse reactions to common psychiatric medications.
  • A demonstrated commitment to providing quality services to vulnerable populations.
  • Preventive aspects of mental illness including consultation and education techniques.

Special Requirements:  Must maintain program specific certifications, receive a criminal records clearance as required by specific programs, funding requirements and licensing regulations.  This position requires an automobile to travel between clinic locations and off site meetings.


License: Must be active and in good standing as a licensed physician by the California Medical Board, board eligible with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and possess a controlled substance registration certificate through the DEA.  Possess a valid California driver’s license, current car insurance and a good driving record as documented by a DMV report and consistent with the Agency’s liability insurance requirements.


  • Diagnose a full range of illnesses common to the population served and to prescribe and administer treatment.
  • Aptitude to accurately apply Medicare/Medi-Cal regulations and documentation requirements to ensure audit ready charts.
  • Maintain the confidence and cooperation of clients, families and staff.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency by effectively working with people differing in value systems, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, language capabilities and disabilities.
  • Effectively engages and interacts with clients and families demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.  Handles all client interactions in a courteous and professional manner using effective reflective listening skills and seeks to understand divergent views. 
  • Works well independently with a minimum of clinical supervision. Provides clinical care and direction within scope of discipline.
  • Demonstrates effective leadership with emphasis on taking initiative, timely and effective decision making, advocating for the client, and promoting teamwork
  • Works collaboratively with the team to maintain positive morale.  Treats team members with respect, compassion, and empathy.  Builds a healthy well-functioning team.
  • Ability to act calmly in emergency situations and to work successfully in a high stress work environment. 
  • Must have strength-based problem solving and conflict resolution skills.   Consistently applies good judgment and safeguards information to comply with all confidentiality (HIPAA) requirements, ethical, and legal obligations of the programs and Agency.
  • Highly effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing.  Strong clinical writing skills required to accurately apply contract mandated regulations and documentation requirements.
  • Ability to effectively and consistently use organizational skills to complete assigned caseload and accomplish tasks. Effectively demonstrates good time management with the ability to prioritize workload, handle multiple tasks and demands of the job. 
  • Demonstrate computer proficiency using Internet Explorer, MS Office programs (WORD, EXCEL, Outlook, etc.) and have the ability to quickly learn system applications that support payroll and electronic medical records
Essential Duties
  • Provide direct client services including crisis services during scheduled shift.  Maintains a full client caseload. 
  • Assess patient symptoms, historical data, and laboratory findings, and provide an accurate psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Prescribe, direct, and administer psychotherapeutic treatments or medications to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders.  Examines and conducts laboratory or diagnostic tests. 
  • Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of clinical staff and other psychiatrists.
  • Provides psychiatric consultation and collaborates with physicians, psychologists, social workers, the clinical treatment team and/or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress for clients.
  • Prepares medical progress notes and psychiatric initial and annual assessments for assigned caseload that includes the completion of all sections in the electronic medical records system for assigned caseload.  Documentation must be completed no later than 3 business days.
  • Compliant with the standardized Medication Practice Guidelines and Clinical Record Documentation Manual for Outpatient Services provided by Santa Clara County Mental Health Department
  • Completes client requested forms including County and State applications requiring mental status evaluation.  Prepares letters as requested by the client for school or housing requirements.
  • Maintains inventory control of medications, distribution and standardization of dosages.
  • Responds to phone calls and emails within 24 hours on business days.  Resolves outstanding issues collaboratively using strength-based solutions focused approach.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of HIPAA, confidentiality laws and policies, and assures the highest degree of confidentiality in the implementation of all responsibilities and duties.
  • Participates in internal and external meetings (County, community, and agency and team meetings), as requested.  Attends regular meetings with physician staff and treatment teams.
  • Successfully completes all training requirements for this position to ensure agency and contract compliance.
  • Performs 5150 Hold and/or first aid as needed.  Maintains required certifications.

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