Medical Director (Managing Psychiatrist)
King County - Seattle, WA

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King County Regional Support Network (RSN) is the county authority recognized by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to administer publicly funded mental health services in King County. The RSN is comprised of a network of community mental health provider agencies, residential service providers, and evaluation and treatment facilities who deliver outpatient, inpatient, crisis, and residential services to persons covered by Medicaid or other low income individuals who meet criteria for services in the publicly funded system. King County RSN operates as a Medicaid Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan under federal Medicaid regulations and serves over 44,000 individuals annually. The Medical Director provides guidance, leadership, and oversight of utilization management, and quality assurance for the mental health programs of the RSN.

The RSN is part of a combined mental health and substance abuse services division (MHCADSD). Substance Use Disorder (SUD) services are also managed through the county system. The county contracts with a network of licensed substance abuse services providers for a full continuum of services including: detoxification and sobering services, opiate treatment programs, adult and youth outpatient services, limited residential contracting, screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and prevention services. Approximately 15,000 individuals were served in the substance abuse system in 2012, many of whom were also served by the RSN. The Medical Director will provide medical oversight, guidance, and assistance with policy development related to the county's management of substance abuse treatment and prevention services.
TO APPLY : Interested candidates should submit a King County online application, resume and cover letter clearly addressing how you meet the requirements of the position.

RECRUITER: RAMON SOLIZ 206-263-9008; email:

Job Duties:

• Serve as the Division's designated mental health authority and mental health clinician, ensuring that staff performance and clinical services comply with prevailing professional mental health standards
• Coordinate with management to develop and recommend adoption of policies and procedures that comply with federal and state regulations, contracts, local guidelines, client privacy regulations, clinical standards of care, and effective and efficient use of limited mental health and substance abuse services resources
• Chair or participate in a variety of committees, meetings, and work groups related to policies, procedures, and best practices in the mental health and substance abuse system.
• Chair the RSN Medical Director's Committee.
• Manage the interface between the RSN and psychiatric inpatient facilities including utilization management activities • Review and serve as final arbiter of inpatient authorization appeals
• Participate in agency audit site visits as needed
• Provide clinical consultations as needed related to individual clients- particularly for persons with complex or high needs, and/or co-morbid medical issues
• Facilitate coordination of care
• Represent the King County perspective on medical issues when dealing with state government and regulatory agencies, as well as providers and ancillary service providers
• Provide clinical consultation to staff
• Facilitate the advancement of SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) services
• Participate in the development of protocols and advancement of the use of Medications to aid in substance abuse treatment, relapse prevention, and recovery
• Participate in development of Detoxification protocols
• Provide consultation in grant applications and program development
• Participate in development of protocols for Youth and Young Adults addicted to opiates
• Participate in the development of new health care strategies related to health care reform as opportunities become available, such as the development of community mental health system-based health homes, enhanced integration of behavioral health services with primary care, and the Medicare/Medicaid dual eligibles demonstration project
• Participate on request in local and national medical organizations focused on mental health and/or substance abuse issues

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills:

1. Washington State Medical license
2. Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
3. Affiliation with Professional Associations including membership to the American Psychiatric Association
Experience Required:
1. Five years full time practice experience in a community or public psychiatry practice setting
2. Understanding of public community mental health systems for children, adults, and older adults.
3. Understanding of managed care principles and practices
4. Demonstrated knowledge of mental health programs and models of care based upon the principles of recovery and resiliency.
5. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary setting
6. Experience with quality improvement programs
7. Understanding of issues of families of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders and experience relating to consumer and family advocacy groups
8. Experience in integration of psychosocial and biomedical aspects of treatment
Desirable Qualifications:
1. Eligibility or certification by the ABPN in Addictions Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, and /or Geriatric Psychiatry.
2. Academic affiliations with teaching and / or research experience
3. Master's in Public Health
4. Affiliation with the American Association of Community Psychiatry, Washington State Medical Society, Washington State Psychiatric Association
5. Understanding of health care reform initiatives, the federal Affordable Care Act, and Washington state initiatives related to the implementation of the ACA
6. Understanding of Washington State's Healthy Options Plans

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