Psychiatrist III
Brenham, TX 
Posted 1 month ago
Job Description
Posting Type:Open to All Applicants
Category:FLSA Exempt/
Agency:Health & Human Services CommDepartment:Medical Services Admin
Job Title:Psychiatrist IIIPosting Number:439711
Full Time/Part Time :Full Time Regular/Temporary:Regular
Job Location:4001 S HWY 36City:BRENHAM
Contact:AccessHR Service CenterTelephone: 888-894-4747
Salary Range:$12,399.66 - $20,971.00Salary Group:B34
Shift:Days (First)Travel:5%
Closing Date:
Job Description:
The Brenham State Supported Living Center (SSLC) is seeking a Psychiatrist III to join an interdisciplinary team of professionals to provide clinical care to residents of the SSLC. As a State Supported Living Center [enter clinical position], you will work at the SSLC campus with a dynamic group of staff and professionals who are dedicated to providing supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is a team environment where staff clinicians collaborate to provide comprehensive care and services. To learn more about the SSLCs, see

The most important characteristic about State Supported Living Center employees is that we truly value and respect those we serve and believe in the mission that all people can achieve a higher level of wellness and independence. Our vision statement is "Individuals served at State Supported Living Centers will experience the highest quality of life, supported through a comprehensive array of services designed to maximize well-being, dignity, and respect."

The state of Texas offers many benefits to employees, including competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave.

Performs highly advanced and/or managerial (senior-level) psychiatric work. Work involves directing psychiatric activities, monitoring trends and activities, diagnosing and treating patients, and administering specialized psychiatric treatments and procedures. May plan, assign, and/or supervise the work of others. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Essential Job Functions:
Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Evaluate, diagnose and plan care for people with psychiatric conditions.

The psychiatrist will provide quality psychiatric services and care to individuals residing at the SSLC. This includes providing guidance to and participating with the facility interdisciplinary teams (IDTs).

The psychiatrist will conduct psychiatric clinics as scheduled and psychiatric reviews as requested by the IDTs or the State Office Medical Services Coordinator. It is expected that each individual will be treated with the most effective medication and the most effective dosage.

The psychiatrist will interact with and make recommendations to family members when requested.

The facility's electronic health record is available for the recording of deliberations and recommendations, reviewing lab work, modifying treatment plans.

As a member of the IDT, the psychiatrist attends Individual Support Planning meetings to help develop a holistic individual service plan for persons on their caseload. Additionally, 90-day medication reviews and other meetings may be attended as requested by the IDT or administrators.

Psychiatrists manage acute psychiatric care including authorizing emergency restraints, writing orders for the emergency use of medication, and coordinating psychiatric hospitalizations if the person does not respond to behavioral interventions provided by the staff.

Available to the psychiatrist for consultation and team efforts are behavioral health specialists and/or psychologists, as well as other interested persons. Team members work collaboratively to develop behavioral interventions, identify environmental factors that may impact psychiatric care, and participate in restraint reduction efforts by coordinating medication and behavior therapy.

Psychiatrists may provide staff guidance and training for new employees, professional staff, direct contact staff and families.

Psychiatrists participate in various committees designed to ensure residents are receiving quality care, such Medical Services Division, Pharmacy, Therapeutics, and Admission Reviews.

Psychiatrists maintain open and regular communication with the Medical Director and other staff to ensure the transfer of needed information and continuity of services.

Psychiatrists are expected to participate in mandatory training per HHS policies HHS and procedures, HIPAA policies, state and federal rules and regulations, and ICF-IID regulations, and the requirements in the SSLC's Department of Justice Settlement Agreement in order to provide quality psychiatric services and care to individuals served.

Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of methods and procedures in the field of general medicine and general psychiatry; and of principles of the development, implementation, and documentation of individualized care and treatment plans.

Exercise skill in the care and treatment of patients; in the use of medical and psychiatric diagnostic and treatment tools and equipment; and in conducing psychiatric research when necessary.

Ability to plan, assigns, and/or supervises the work of others.

Ability to direct psychiatric activities; to examine, diagnose, and treat mental disorders; to interpret psychological diagnoses and analyses; develop policies and procedures; and to prepare and supervise the preparation of case histories and medical records.

Ability to assess, diagnoses, and prescribe/supervise treatment to assigned patients while conforming to local policy, Texas Administrative Code, and applicable laws to decrease psychiatric symptoms/disorders.

Ability to solve medically difficult issues by considering opinions of consultants and/or appropriate literature including accepted guidelines.

Ability to work with the Interdisciplinary Team by facilitating a unified, effective team approach using the expertise of all team members in order to assure high quality patient care. Understands principles of behavior treatment and work closely with the behavioral consultant.

Knowledge of the state formulary guidelines for maximum doses, and if exceeded, provides detailed documentation of exception, ensuring efficacy, safety, and tolerance.

Ability to participate with other Psychiatric staff to provide continuous quality improvement and to promote quality care by adhering to the plan of improvement and state Initiatives.

Ability to manage "polypharmacy" and to justify and document when use of multiple psychotropic medications is necessary.

Ability to participate in annual training as well as any other required specific training in order to assure up to date skills and knowledge in required areas, i.e. CPR; Safe Use of Restraint (SUR); Refresher Orientation, etc.

Knowledge and skill in effectively using an electronic healthcare system.

Must be comfortable with highly independent work.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Texas Medical License - Unrestricted; and Board certification or board eligibility in psychiatry; and a DEA Certificate - Unrestricted.

Initial Selection Criteria:
1.Medical License in Texas
2.Board certification or board eligibility in psychiatry
3.DEA number
4.Work experience with evidence based medication
5.Experience working with people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities preferred

Additional Information:
Requisition # 439711
The salary offered will follow HHS starting salary guidelines which are typically made at or near the minimum of the salary range.

Applicants must pass a fingerprint criminal background check, pre-employment drug screen, and registry checks including the Client Abuse/Neglect Reporting System (CANRS), Nurse Aide, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct and HHS OIG List of Excluded Individuals/ Entities. Males between the ages of 18 - 25 must be registered with the Selective Service.

All State Supported Living Center employees are subject to Random drug testing.

Flexibility in work hours may be required for this position. The position may be required to work overtime and/or extended hours.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age to be considered for employment at a state-operated facility.

MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include: 60U, 60W, 210X, 92, MED10, 44PX. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk at

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Salary and Benefits
$12,399.66 - $20,971.00
Required Experience
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