The primary purpose of the position of Director of Psychiatry Services is to provide clinical and administrative oversight for the psychiatry program section of North Carolina Division of Adult Correction. The Director of Psychiatry Services must be able to respond to both clinical and administrative issues from across the state and must be able to make decisions that often have broad ramifications for mental health services and the system. This position will plan, develop and coordinate the implantation of psychiatry services for inmates in the Section of Prisons.
This position will provide direction and oversight in the dispensing of psychotropic medication to the inmate population and monitor the quality of psychiatry care provided through reports, grievances, complaints, on-site visits, special studies and inquires, and provide leadership in evaluating the effectiveness of psychiatry services. The Director of Psychiatry will provide support, consultation, and guidance and direction to institutional Psychiatrists and other professional staff regarding care and treatment of mental health patients. This position will assess the needs of psychiatric services, collect and maintain data, conduct special studies and prepare necessary reports pertaining to psychiatry services. This position will develop standards and policies, directives, procedures, and guidelines for psychiatric services. The position serves as primary medical and clinical supervisor and will assist with administrative supervision of psychiatrist positions statewide. This includes full-time employees (e.g., psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health social workers) as well as locums' psychiatrists and contract employees of mental health. Accordingly, this position will be integrally involved with the hiring and orientation of mental health staff as well. The Director of Psychiatry Services will work in conjunction with the Director of Health Services, the Director of Behavioral Health, the Chief Nursing Officer and the Director of Dentistry in establishing policies and procedures regarding the provision of offender health care in general. This position will also develop parameters and monitor compliance with standards for psychiatric care statewide. This position serves as principal advisor to the Assistant Director for Medical Services and provides technical assistance in matters pertaining to psychiatry services. This position assists in overall efforts in providing comprehensive mental health care programs for DPS. This position will meet with correctional managers, health care providers, Health Department officials, and others to discuss problems and resolutions. This position will study and analyze legislation, statutes, and regulations that impact upon medical components of the plans and policies of the Psychiatric Services Section.
Listed below are the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with this position. These KSAs, along with the minimum education and experience listed are required in order to be deemed "qualified" for the position. Therefore, you must demonstrate or provide supporting information within the body of your application to demonstrate your possession of each KSA listed.
-Skill in treating and diagnosing of a variety of mental health diseases is required. -Considerable knowledge of behavior dynamics and the psychological principles applying to intelligence, aptitude and personality assessment; of the selection, administration, and interpretation of a wide variety of psychological tests including personality projective; of the principles and theories of interpretive therapy and behavior modification. -Skill in interpreting psychiatric findings and preparing comprehensive reports; in determining and conducting appropriate therapy (counseling, psychotherapy, medication needs). -Thorough knowledge of the theory, principals and practice of inpatient psychiatry, community psychiatry and preventive medicine. -Considerable knowledge of a wide range of medical, behavioral and psychological problems and their treatment. -Skilled in establishing rapport with offenders and in applying techniques or assessing psychosocial, behavioral, and psychological aspects of offenders' problems. -Prior experience supervising, training and/or instructing other psychiatrists and allied mental health staff.
Management Preferences: -Prior experience as a Director in a hospital setting. -Prior experience in a leadership role dealing with diverse populations as it relates to psychiatry and psychiatric treatment. -Prior experience providing psychiatric services for complex medical situations. -Prior experience working in a Correctional or Institutional Mental Health or Psychiatric Environment. MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of North Carolina and board certified in the specialty area.
Special Qualifier / Selective Criteria: Must possess or be eligible for a DEA registration.
The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice is responsible for the care, custody and supervision of all adults and juveniles sentenced after conviction for violations of North Carolina law.
For adults, sentences range from probation served in the community to active prison sentences served in one of the state's prison facilities. After prison, there is a period of post-release supervi...sion to help offenders transition more successfully back to the community. For those who commit technical violations of probation there is Confinement in Response to Violation (CRV).
North Carolina's general statutes direct the division to provide adequate custodial care, educational opportunities and medical and psychological treatment services to all incarcerated persons while at the same time providing community-based supervision and some needed social services to clients on probation, parole or post-release supervision.