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Salary: $19,240.00 - $24,671.00
Posted: 08/03/2013

Job Description:
** Your state application must indicate you are applying for Senior Psychiatrist, Specialist, C&RS position 065-923-9759-VAR. Please explain your eligibility (i.e. lateral transfer, on a list, etc.).

You must have current certification, list, lateral, or reinstatement eligibility to apply for this vacancy.

This position is located at Headquarters, therefore a 3% pay increase will be added to the base pay.

Under the general direction of the Chief of Behavioral Medicine, Correctional and Rehabilitation Safety (C&RS) Mental Health Program, Division of Correctional Health Care Services, the Senior Psychiatrist, Specialist C&RS will assist in the review and assessment of the mental health programs in the field, provide general clinical consultation and legal and related issue support to mental health operations both at institutions and in central office. Travel is required with this position.

35% Provide participatory and lead services in the assessment and clinical review of mental health screenings onsite at within California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions to support efficient and effective detection of, and treatment of, seriously mentally disturbed inmates. Determine monitoring and training needs, develop recommendations for policies, procedures, and instruments for meeting these needs, provide consultative support to clinical and custody administration regarding such recommendations. Participates in the implementation and ongoing review of all screening, referral and treatment services for compliance.

20% Provide routine and investigatory assessments and evaluations of psychiatrist clinical practice, including: clinical work-ups, treatment plans, medication management and emergency and crisis management procedures to determine clinical appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of such services. Develop recommendations for training, monitoring, revised service delivery methods and procedures where needed. Develop proposals for implementation of such recommendations, and assist in implementation and monitoring as needed.

15% As the Subject Matter Expert participates in staff meetings, mental health program committees and reviews, work groups to ensure proper treatment protocols and standards are maintained.

10% Provide clinical review and assessment of use of patterns of psychotropic medications, including types and dosages prescribed for use among inmates at each level of care and treatment. Serve as clinical consultant on questions and issues regarding specific medications, dosages, side effects, and contraindications. Serve as clinical consultant on general developments in psychotropic medications.

10% Provide leadership role in monitoring the institutional heat plans, including yearly updates, monthly reports, and heat-related incidents.

10% Prepares and reviews reports, records, and general memoranda concerning policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and audits of mental health programs.

5% May be called upon to provide clinical oversight during site visitation with court-appointed monitors and experts as they assess institutional mental health programs. Write evaluative reports based on these site visits and recommend necessary corrective actions. Based on operational need performs other duties as required.

Benefits information can be found on the Department of Personnel Administration website,, and the CalPERS website,

In order to apply and be considered for this position, all applicants must submit a completed Standard State Application Form (Std. 678) available at , under “How to Apply.”

All Methods of appointment may be considered. Applications will be screened and only the most competitive will be invited for an interview.

This advertisement may be used for other vacancies that occur during this posting.

Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
Senior Psychiatrist Specialist, C&RS 065 - 923 - 9759 - VAR
Location County
Elk Grove, California SACRAMENTO
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
Until Filled None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Mental Health Program
P. O. Box 588500, Building G
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Tori Foss
(916) 691-3808

Special Requirements:
Licensed in California

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