Staff Psychiatrist

Position InformationJoin the Department of Health Services team as a Staff Psychiatrist and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Sonoma County!Starting salary up to $151.50/hour ($316,198/annually),a comprehensive benefits package, PLUS a $25,000 Signing Bonus The Benefits of County EmploymentWorking at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits including:Hybrid Telework – A schedule that meets the needs of our staff, department operations, and the communities we serve may be available depending on the assignmentSalary Advancement – A salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary rangePaid Time Off – Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per yearCounty Paid Health Premium Contributions – 100% premium contribution for the majority of employee-only and employee + family health plan optionsStaff Development/Wellness Pay – Annual benefit allowances of up to $2,000 and ongoing education/training opportunitiesPost-Retirement Health Reimbursement Arrangement – County contributions to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefitsRetirement – A pension fully integrated with Social SecurityPaid Parental Leave – May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) after 12 months of County employmentStudent Loan Debt Relief – County employees may be eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness through the U.S. Department of Education Hiring IncentivesThe Department of Health Services is currently offering a $25,000 signing bonus paid over three installments during the first two years of service.The Staff Psychiatrist PositionThe County of Sonoma’s Department of Health Services seeks a dedicated and experienced psychiatrist to join their team. As a Staff Psychiatrist, you will play a crucial role in providing comprehensive mental health services to a diverse population of Sonoma County. Responsibilities include:Conducting psychiatric evaluations and assessments to diagnose mental health and substance use disordersDeveloping and implementing individualized treatment plans for patients utilizing evidence-based practicesProviding medication management and monitoring for patients with psychiatric conditionsCollaborating with a multidisciplinary team, including therapists, social workers, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to ensure holistic careMaintaining accurate and timely documentation of patient encounters and treatment plans in electronic health records (EHR)Providing crisis evaluation and interventionThe ideal candidate will possess:An understanding and experience working in a community behavioral health settingExperience and training working with evidence-based practices and practicing recover-oriented, trauma-informed careA high degree of cultural humilityExcellent verbal and written communication skillsExperience using Electronic Health Records (EHR)Skills for and comfort working with clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, including using motivational interviewing techniques and a harm reduction approachAbility to effectively collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and associated community-based organizationsControlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) registration and enrollment as a Medicare provider, are highly desirable, but not required.The Behavioral Health DivisionThe mission of the Behavioral Health Division is to promote the recovery and wellness of Sonoma County residents by providing high-quality, culturally responsive services in all languages. The Division accomplishes this mission by embracing a recovery philosophy focused on building and strengthening the capabilities of people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders, to achieve their full potential and live meaningful lives in the community of their choosing. The building blocks of this philosophy include an emphasis on self-direction, individualized and person-centered care, empowerment and shared decision-making techniques, and a holistic approach that encompasses mind, body, spirit, and community.The Division is responsible for providing mental health and substance use disorder services across the service spectrum: prevention, early intervention, treatment, and aftercare and recovery. Services are provided departmentally and through partnerships with community- based agencies. Through partnering with clients, family members, and the community, and focusing on respect, responsibility, and hope, the Behavioral Health Division fosters a collaborative approach to wellness.The Behavioral Health Division is also responsible for directly administering specialty mental health treatment services to County residents whose mental health needs are determined to be medically necessary, as defined by the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 9 and Welfare & Institutions (W&I) Code 5600.For additional information about the Behavioral Health Division, please visit their website.Sonoma CountyThe County of Sonoma offers a rare and compelling array of scenic, recreational, and geographic characteristics that include over 200 award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, inspiring coastlines and beaches, and the vibrant Russian River. Encompassing over one million acres of land and water, rich with agriculture, parks, campsites, lakes, and open spaces, the County is home to over 500,000 residents and offers a wide variety of art and music festivals, farmers’ markets, and concert venues. Local schools continually rank high on California’s Academic Performance Index, and the Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University offer higher education opportunities.Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you’re working to better the County’s communities. Please visit for more information about Sonoma County as a place to live, work, and build your career legacy. Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Labor Agreements for Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC) (Download PDF reader) and our Employee Benefits Directory.APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.Minimum QualificationsPossession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of California, a current Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) license, and certification of completion of a residency training program in psychiatry which is approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and which resulted in board eligibility. Experience in community mental health services systems, forensic psychiatry, and child psychiatry is highly desirable.License: Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including necessary special endorsements, as required by the State of California to perform the essential job functions of the position.Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesConsiderable knowledge of: the principles and methods of psychiatry and general medicine; individual and group psychotherapy and the use of medications in psychiatric and related conditions.Knowledge of: current developments in the field of psychiatry especially as it relates to the practice in a public mental health model with a team approach and an emphasis on the philosophy of recovery, child psychiatry and forensic psychiatry; criminal justice organizations, clinic organizations, management, and procedures including legal testimony involving care, clinical record keeping, consultation, liaison with hospitals and private practitioners; the principles and applications of psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, and various rehabilitation therapies; psychiatric research methods and techniques.Ability to: perform psychiatric diagnosis, treatment interpretations and recommendations; analyze clinical problems and take effective course of action; direct and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel; establish and maintain effective working relationships with administrative, medical and non-medical staff, Correctional and Court staff, patients and the general public; speak and write effectively; prepare records and reports, and reports especially related to evaluation for the Court.Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When ApplyingYour application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification click apply for full job details

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