Clinical Manager /PSYCHOLOGIST
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Long Island, NY

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Job Description

The Bureau of Correctional Health Services has a vacancy for a Clinical Manager of the Severe Mental Illness (SMI) Unit on Rikers Island. The SMI Unit serves as a housing location for patients under the custody of the Department of Corrections who have been infracted for a violation of DOC jail rules and have been determined to suffer primarily from severe and persistent mental illness.

Oversee daily operations in the unit and promote quality patient care by ensuring that program curriculum is adhered to and smoothly operates. Program curriculum includes but is not limited to: individual and group psychotherapy, activity groups,

mental health rounds, clinical case conferences and interdisciplinary meetings involving DOC personnel.

Supervise other professional staff including psych-techs, clerical, fiscal, analytic and support staff for the CAPS and RHU units

Involved in discussions regarding the contract administration; monitor and evaluate contract compliance for all unit specific functions

Participate in the development and implementation of policy governing the SMI Unit

Adhere to strict admissions criteria dictating which patients are eligible for admission; conduct chart reviews of all patients referred to the SMI Unit;

Either grant admission, refer to another housing location or request further evaluation

In collaboration with Mental Health Clinicians, Clinical Supervisors and Psychiatrists, determine when a patient has met all expected and reasonable treatment goals for discharge from SMI Unit

Determine the appropriate housing location for the patient being discharged from the SMI Unit

Maintain final decisional authority; ensure that treatment plans for individual patients are appropriate, meaningful and progress is tracked

Lead interdisciplinary case consultation meetings and unit meetings involving DOC personnel

Liaise and conference cases with the designated staff from Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward (BHPW); consistent communication with BHPW designee is expected to ensure optimal care for such patients

Liaise and collaborate with DOC, DOHMH, Corizon (contract agency responsible for delivery of direct services) medical and mental health staff.

Provide administrative support to clinical Corizon staff

Supervise any DOHMH staff under the direction of the Clinical Manager

Other duties as assigned by the Director of Mental Health or designee

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A doctorate in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, clinical health psychology or neuro-psychology from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or 2. Completion of two years of graduate work from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), consisting of at least 60 graduate semester credits in psychology, in an accredited graduate program leading to a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, clinical health psychology or neuro-psychology, plus two years of satisfactory full-time experience, gained after admission to the accredited graduate program, in one of these areas under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist in a hospital, penal institution, social services agency, clinic, court, school or other agency or institution; or 3. Completion of a respecialization in clinical psychology from an accredited program, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) plus one year of satisfactory full-time experience as described in (2) above. To qualify, all candidates must have completed the equivalent of three semester credits from an accredited graduate school, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), in each of the following: personality testing, individual intelligence testing, psychopathology or abnormal psychology, and psychological and/or behavioral intervention; and all candidates must have 240 hours of experience, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, in each of the following: personality testing, individual intelligence testing, and psychological and/or behavioral intervention. However, experience in psychological and/or behavioral intervention may be under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist. Completion of an American Psychological Association (APA) approved doctoral program in professional psychology is evidence of meeting the course requirements listed above. Completion of an APA approved internship in professional psychology is evidence of meeting one year of supervised full-time experience. Externships are part of a doctoral program and will not be accepted for meeting minimum experience requirements. Experience gained prior to admission into the required graduate program will also not be accepted for meeting minimum experience requirements. For assignment to Assignment Level II, individuals must have the following in addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements for Assignment Level I described above: A. A doctoral degree in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, clinical health psychology or neuro-psychology, awarded upon completion of a doctoral program in psychology registered by the New York State Department of Education and designated as licensure qualifying, or determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent to a New York State registered program that is licensure qualifying; and B. One additional year of satisfactory full-time experience, either working as a Psychologist for the City of New York, or in a supervisory capacity in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, clinical health psychology or neuro-psychology in an approved agency or institution. Employees who complete their doctoral degree requirements on or after October 1, 1992, must have at least one year of qualifying experience gained after the completion of all doctoral degree requirements; and For assignment to Assignment Level III, individuals must have the following in addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements for Assignment Level I described above: A. The doctoral degree in psychology as described under the Special Note for Assignment Level II; and B. A valid license as a Psychologist issued by the New York State Department of Education; and C. Four years of satisfactory full-time experience in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, forensic psychology, clinical health psychology or neuro-psychology, of which at least one year must have been under the direct supervision of a qualified psychologist or psychiatrist, and at least three years must have been in a supervisory capacity as a licensed Psychologist. D. License Requirement for Assignment Level III For assignment to Assignment Level III, a valid license as a Psychologist issued by the New York State Department of Education. This license must be maintained for the duration of the assignment.

Preferred Skills

Experience as a supervisor of clinical and administrative responsibilities Prior experience in a correctional or forensic hospital setting

Work Location

Hazen St-West Facil, E. Elmhurst, NY

Residency Requirement

New York City Residency is not required for this position

The City of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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