Company: Travis County
Posted on: January 27, 2023
The Chief Psychiatrist is responsible for providing clinical
oversight of the Psychiatric Services within the Travis County Jail
and instilling a culture of patient care that is considered a model
in correctional healthcare. The Travis County Sheriff's Office
provides treatment and care to individuals incarcerated in Travis
County which includes providing for their behavior health needs.
The Chief Psychiatrist works with a multidisciplinary team that
includes 24-hour nursing, medical providers, social work and
professional counselors, correctional staff, inmate programming
staff, psychologists, and Chaplains.
Travis County offers a premier Total Rewards package that includes
a highly rated retirement plan, vacation and sick leave, 3 personal
holidays, 12 company holidays, longevity pay, tuition
reimbursement, medical, dental, and vision, and a free employee
health care clinic.
This is a job classification within the Medical job family. The
incumbent must be licensed to practice as a medical doctor in the
State of Texas. It is distinguished from the Psychiatrist in that
it is a supervisory position for the Psychiatrist, contract
partners, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and in the required
education and preferred certifications.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leads a team of psychiatry providers to assure that the TCSO
mission is accomplished with optimal productivity and patient
In a timely manner, completes initial and follow-up psychiatric
assessments, medication management, and treatment planning for
assigned caseload. Completes applications for court ordered
treatment and provides courtroom testimony as required. Completes
thorough documentation of each patient's visit in the electronic
health record in accordance with established health information
Participates in, and recommends the hiring, retaining, coaching,
disciplining and termination of providers. Supervises prescriptive
authority of psychiatric mid-level providers. Ensures appropriate
clinical coverage, assignments, and schedules. Completes provider
performance appraisals, advocates concerns, and assures providers
are providing excellent clinical outcomes.
Works with the Director of Inmate Mental Health to plan, implement,
and evaluate clinical services ensuring efficient, effective, and
continuous improvement in operations. Generates treatment protocols
to govern the delivery of clinical care that are consistent with
community standards of care.
Completes outpatient and inpatient hospitalization and compelled
medication applications. Attends court hearings as required.
Supports the organization by providing at least two continuing
education seminars to behavioral health, medical staff and/or
corrections staff on an annual basis.
Attends and participates in departmental meetings and clinic
functions which may include Treatment Team meetings, Pharmacy and
Therapeutic's committee, Medical Provider meetings and Trauma
Informed Care committee.
Represents TCSO in the community regarding mental health needs of
inmates with a progressive, positive, and professional manner.
Engages partners to maintain, improve and expand services both in
the jail and upon reentry.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited school of medicine with a degree as a
medical doctor including residency in the field of psychiatry AND
more than five (5) years practicing medicine as a Board-Certified
Psychiatrist with increasing responsibility in clinical and
administrative supervision of mid-level providers and overseeing
clinical operations with a diverse population in a correctional
facility, psychiatric outpatient clinic, or diagnostic clinic.
Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special
Licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas.
Current DPS and DEA license in the State of Texas.
Board Certified in Psychiatry.
Valid Texas Driver's License.
Applicants are required to attach a resume with the online
Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry
Board Certified in Addiction Medicine
Bilingual in Spanish
Psychiatric practices for inpatient and outpatient settings.
Correctional Healthcare principles and practices.
Legal and ethical standards of care, including use of emergency
medications and court ordered medications.
Electronic Health Records (EHR) and standard office software
Trauma Informed Systems of Care.
Planning and budgetary processes within a governmental
Leading and supervising a diverse team.
Patiently caring and treating patients with mental illness.
Mentoring and teaching clinical and nonclinical students.
Attentive and authentic communication including use of
Fostering a culture of positivity and encouraging growth.
Utilizing data to inform decisions and using results for quality
Using technology to enhance workflow processes.
Motivating and empowering patients and staff to work towards their
Develop, present, and implement a long-term vision.
Apply general rules to specific problems, identify innovative
solutions and opportunities for improvement.
Develop and cultivate respectful professional relationships.
Network with community partners to problem solve and enhance
community behavioral health services.
Present complex and technical problems to lay decision makers and
Advocate for policy and legislative change.
Work Environment & Other Information
Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry minimum of
35 pounds and may be required to lift/carry up to 50 pounds
occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye
coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer
and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting,
repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping,
kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing,
client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential
functions. Subject to contact with communicable diseases,
radiation, hazardous waste, human fecal matter, and foul odors.
Travis County employees play an important role in business
continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business
continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.
This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not
necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime
eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the
Work Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Rotating on-call,
Occasional holidays, nights, and weekends.
Location: Austin, TX
Criminal Background Check, Credit Check, Driving Record, Drug Test,
Alcohol Test, Education, and Employment History Check Required.
BenefitsEmployment at Travis County comes with a full array of
benefits. We offer comprehensive health insurance, a no-cost,
on-site Health and Wellness clinic, longevity pay, paid vacations,
sick time and personal holidays, not to mention an industry
competitive salary structure and a friendly, stable work
environment.FY2022 Travis County Benefit GuideIn this valuable
Travis County Benefits Guide you will find benefit summaries,
eligibility requirements, costs, contact numbers and addresses as
well as other general information on the benefits available to
Travis County Employees and Retirees.Credit UnionEmployees may join
the Travis County Credit Union which offers low-interest loans,
savings plans through payroll deduction, safe deposit boxes and
other benefits.Deferred CompensationEmployees may enroll in a tax-
free sheltered investment plan through payroll deduction.Direct
DepositEmployees may sign up for direct bank deposit.Employee
Assistance ProgramTravis County provides a confidential counseling
and referral service free of charge to county employees and their
family.Employee OrganizationsMembership in the American Federation
of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union is available
through payroll deduction.Employee Health & Wellness
ClinicEmployees may access the clinic for a variety of wellness
program and health care services with no co-pay, no deductible and
no co-insurance costs.HolidaysAn average of eleven paid holidays
are designated by the Travis County Commissioners Court at the
beginning of each fiscal year.LongevityLongevity pay is paid for
each year completed after three years of continuous service. Peace
Officers in a law enforcement activity, whose job requires state
peace officer certification, receive pay after one year of
certification.ParkingA limited number of assigned parking spaces
are available to employees in the Courthouse Complex.Personal
HolidaysRegular, full-time employees are eligible for up to three
paid personal holidays each calendar year. Part-time employees
shall be granted personal holidays on a prorated basis. New
employees earn personal holidays for the calendar year in which
he/she begins employment, based on the month in which employment
begins:January - March3 personal holidays April - June2 personal
holidays July - September1 personal holiday October -
DecemberNoneNew employees are eligible to take personal holidays
after 90 days of employment.RetirementTravis County is a member of
the Texas County & District Retirement System with mandatory
participation by certain classes of employees. Seven percent (7%)
of the gross salary is deducted each pay period . click apply for
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