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Staff Psychiatrist (Safety)

Company: California Department of State Hospitals
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: June 26, 2022

Job Description:

Join our team! DSH- Metropolitan State Hospital (Norwalk, CA) is Now Hiring for MULTIPLE Staff Psychiatrists!Below is some information about DSH:DSH operates five state hospitals, located in some of the most beautiful areas of California, and is the largest Forensic mental health hospital system in the nation! We provide mental health services to patients admitted into our facilities, and we strive to provide effective treatment in a safe environment and in a fiscally responsible manner. We employ more than 12,000 staff, who treat more than 10,000 patients annually. Our staff collaborates with nationally known experts in the field of forensic psychiatry such as Dr. Charles L. Scott, M.D., and psychopharmacology such as Dr. Stephen M. Stahl, M.D., Ph.D. Here is a link to our DSH jobs site and the Executive Summary, which can give you more details about the department: https://www.dsh.ca.gov/Jobs/Psychiatry.html DSH Practice & Benefits: The State of California provides an outstanding benefits package that includes a defined-benefit pension, health, dental, and vision coverage, retiree healthcare, a 401k and a 457(b) plan, an exclusion from paying the federal Social Security tax, up to 56 hours of leave and up to $2,500 annually per fiscal year for continuing medical education, and paid malpractice. --- Psychiatry-led treatment teams --- Patient-centric, treatment first environment --- Private Practice permitted --- Outstanding quality of practice --- Voluntary paid on-call duty --- Psychopharmacology support by leading experts and established protocols --- Substantial continuing medical education --- Flexible workweek options available: --- Work Week Options: (4 days/10 hours, 9 days/80 hours, or 5 days/40 hours), (Subject to approval by the Chief of Psychiatry) --- Team oriented, collegial working environment --- Generous CalPERS retirement benefits that vests, in five years --- Psychiatrists can earn a salary from (Min: $260,172 -Max: $320,832) annually and can earn up to $141 per hour through voluntary on-call duty. --- Annual Salary: $260,172 - $311,784/year (Board Eligible) & $266,976 - $320,832/year (Board Certified) --- DSH Psychiatrists receive Eleven paid State holidays ,Two Professional Development days and One Personal Holiday per fiscal year, see link for more details: https://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/Pages/leave-benefits.aspx#Holidays --- DSH psychiatrists have two options for accruing leave: Vacation/Sick Leave or Annual Leave. --- You can learn more about the benefits of working for the State of California by visiting the CalHR website: http://www.calhr.ca.gov/employees/pages/salary-and-benefits.aspx DSH - Metropolitan is an 800-bed complex that provides a broad spectrum of inpatient psychiatric services to adult and geriatric patients of different legal status. Pre-employment physical, fingerprint clearance and Hospital orientation programs/procedures are required.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Assessment and Evaluation: Psychiatric Diagnosis; Psychiatric Evaluations; Admission and Discharge Assessments.Evaluate patients for signs of mental illnesses.Perform psychiatric evaluations for the purpose of identifying working diagnosis (e.g., consent to treatment, capacity for further treatment, refusal of medications) in accordance with treatment plan.Provide therapy and treatment (e.g., psychological) to help set expectations and help patients understand necessary treatment expectations.Review clinical records of patients to assure their adequacy and guide treatment.Write orders for admission, transfer, discharge, medications, restraints and seclusion, and/or precautions (DTS/DTO/AWOL/Fire-setting/Victimization) according to departmental guidelines and policies.Review hospital policies and programs, and provide input for system changes and improvement to ensure compliance and consistency with departmental policies and procedures.Meet with patients to review clinical condition, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in conjunction with their scheduled treatment planning conference.Maintain progress notes, Recommended Continuing Care Plan/Discharge Summary and other documentation for patients, incorporating subjective and objective information, test results, assessment of the current clinical condition and future treatment needed.Evaluate the Medical and/or Psychiatric aspects of treatment programs for quality of medical services and conformance with the Treatment Plan and any regulatory requirements.Treatment: Therapeutic and Medication Management:Conduct regular rounds to identify signs and symptoms of mental illnesses, signs of medication side effects, and problematic issues that need to be addressed and/or to formulate best treatment approach.Evaluate effects of medication on physical and mental status of patients.Meet with patients to review physical and mental status and medication.Provide consultation on psychopharmacology and restraint/seclusion issues when requested.Evaluate assaultive incidents and develop a treatment plan to decrease future violence and determine whether the patient needs to remain in seclusion.Evaluate and attend to suicide threats, attempts or self-harm and develop treatment plan to prevent self-harm or violence.Order laboratory tests to monitor for side effects for medication in order to guard against side effects for medications.Prescribe medication as clinically indicated and provide appropriate follow-up to assess patient response to medication.Review and respond to the sick call book for concerns from medical staff regarding treatment for patient or whether patient needs to be seen.Medical-Legal Responsibilities:Appear and provide expert testimony in Superior Court when subpoenaedRespond to and discuss appropriate matters with qualified individuals, such as lawyers, judges, probation officers, and community mental health workers.Prepare forensic reports as required by the court and correspond with other future providers for continued care of the patient.Do Involuntary medications. - have another doctor who write report for forensic evaluations. Team Leader Responsibilities:Participate in team conferences to assist Psychologist with recommendations to help patients develop long term goals and help strategize on how to reach goal.Interact with patients' families to get more information to guide treatment. Ask families to guide us with treatment. Family will have more success with convincing patients.Evaluate and prescribe orders for hormone treatments with patients with trends gender issues in addition to curbing appetite.Contact me for more details on this position:Krystle Lei Thornton Statewide Recruitment & Advertising SpecialistOffice: 916.651.8602Email: Krystle.Thornton@dsh.ca.gov

Keywords: California Department of State Hospitals, Los Angeles , Staff Psychiatrist (Safety), Healthcare , Los Angeles, California

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