Occ. Code 5260201

 

ASSISTANT PSYCHIATRIST, NS

5260100

PSYCHIATRIST PT, NS

5260200

PSYCHIATRIST 1, GRADE 38

5260201

PSYCHIATRIST 1 CHILDREN & YOUTH, GRADE 38

5260310

PSYCHIATRIST 1 FORENSIC, GRADE 38

5260211

PSYCHIATRIST 1 RESEARCH, GRADE 38

5266100

PSYCHIATRIST 2, GRADE 38

5260202

PSYCHIATRIST 2 CHILDREN & YOUTH, GRADE 38

5260320

PSYCHIATRIST 2 FORENSIC, GRADE 38

5260329

PSYCHIATRIST 2 RESEARCH, GRADE 38

5266200

PSYCHIATRIST 3, GRADE 68

5260203

PSYCHIATRIST 3 CHILDREN & YOUTH, GRADE 68

5260330

PSYCHIATRIST 3 FORENSIC, GRADE 68

5266310

PSYCHIATRIST 3 RESEARCH, GRADE 68

5266300


 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Psychiatrists are professional positions, requiring specialized training and education, which provide a wide range of psychiatric services in the treatment, rehabilitation, and habilitation of people in the care of State agencies, institutions, and facilities.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

The levels in this series and parenthetic designations are distinguished primarily by the completion of training, experience, and licensure requirements.

 

          ASSISTANT PSYCHIATRIST: in the Office of Mental Health, serves as a practicing specialist under the direct supervision of a licensed psychiatrist.  In the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, supervision may be provided by a licensed Physician.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST (PART TIME):  non-competitive jurisdictional class; works part time; performs duties commensurate with training and certification.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 1:  serves as a practicing specialist under the direction of a higher level psychiatrist or physician; may be assigned responsibility for a group of clients or residents or a portion of a treatment program or treatment facility.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 2: serves as a practicing specialist by providing psychiatric services to clients and residents and coordinating other treatment and support services; may plan and oversee psychiatric, medical, and patient care and support services for a treatment program, group of clients or residents, facility, or unit.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 3:  serves as chief of service for major psychiatric treatment unit(s), program(s), institution(s), or facilities; develops, implements, and administers the total treatment program for the service to which they are assigned and may be responsible for training Resident Physicians and other medical practitioners assigned to the psychiatric program.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

          Clinical Physicians provide general medical care and treatment for residents and clients of State institutions and facilities.

 

          Medical Specialists provide medical care and treatment, within a recognized medical specialty, for residents and clients of State institutions and facilities.

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

Reviews psychiatric and medical history of persons assigned for treatment.

·       Confers with other physicians, direct care staff, treatment team, other service providers, and family to obtain additional or clarifying information about onset, past treatment responses, patient history, and other factors that may contribute to a person's past and current condition.

·       Reviews medical records, including the results of prior examinations and psychiatric evaluations, tests, and treatment.

·       Evaluates the effects of other medical and psychiatric treatments on an individual's condition.

Conducts full psychiatric screenings and evaluations of individuals assigned to their care.

·       Prepares case histories and summaries of findings; clarifies information in the case history with appropriate individuals.

·       Interviews and evaluates persons assigned to their care by conducting psychiatric and physical examinations and recording results.

·       Orders tests as needed.  

·       Makes or confirms diagnosis of an individuals treatment needs.

·       Discusses findings of examinations and tests with the individual, his or her caregivers, treatment team members, and other medical and support personnel.

·       Prescribes psychiatric treatment, medications, and other treatments to address psychiatric and other medical and behavioral problems; formulates a multi-treatment program for the individual; and examines different approaches to improve the overall health and well-being of the individual.

·       Assesses individuals for admission to specialized treatment programs and facilities.

·       Records individuals specific information, diagnosis, prescriptions, treatment methods, and prognosis.

Participates in and manages the treatment program.

·       Conducts individual and group therapy sessions. Meets with medical staff, treatment team members, caregivers, and support staff to evaluate the person's response to treatment, determine and prescribe revisions in the person's treatment program, and approve revisions proposed by the treatment team.

·       Conducts follow-up examinations, psychiatric evaluations, and tests to determine the benefits of the overall treatment program and specific treatment modalities. Revises the treatment program in response to findings.

·       Evaluates persons assigned to their care to determine if they are ready for transfer or discharge.

·       Coordinates the activities of other disciplines to ensure that treatment provided to the individual conforms to that prescribed by the psychiatric evaluation.

·       Prepares a discharge summary for those persons released from treatment programs or treatment facilities.

·       Meets with individuals prior to discharge to discuss their condition. Makes recommendations and referrals.

·       Works with community service providers, family members, and other caregivers to ensure continuity of treatment when the individual is placed in the community or in a residential facility.

·       Consults with psychiatrists and other professionals in the community to ensure long-term maintenance of treatment gains.

May participate in research projects to test the effectiveness of new treatment methods or psychotropic drug regimens.

·       Assists in developing research protocols.

·       Evaluates and recommends persons for participation in research projects.

·       Records which treatments and drugs have been administered and the patients response to them.

·       Prepares reports of findings.

·       Assists in writing technical reports and papers for presentation at scientific meetings.

·       May apply for funding for special treatment projects and programs.

 

Coordinates and supervises the treatment and care of an assigned group of individuals.

 

PSYCHIATRIST 2, in addition to the above, may perform the following duties:

 

Administers and manages the treatment program for an assigned facility, unit, or program.

·       Assigns staff to individuals, activities, and programs; consults with staff about individuals in their care; and approves treatment plans.

·       Designs and implements treatment and health education programs.

·       Reviews and approves staff schedules.

·       Approves special events and programs for individuals and their families and caregivers.

·       Reviews patient records to assure that treatment programs are appropriate, within the normal parameters for the diagnosis, and consistent with patient history.

·       Ensures that patient records are properly maintained.

·       Ensures that medications are appropriately stored and administered and that access to controlled substances is limited to authorized personnel.

 

Approves the discharge or reassignment of patients to other programs, facilities, or units.

 

Develops and supervises residency and medical training programs for physicians and medical students assigned to the facility, unit, or program.

 

 

PSYCHIATRIST 3, in addition to the above, may perform the following duties:

Functions as Chief of Psychiatry and/or Associate Clinical Director for a treatment program at a facility.

 

·       Ensures that clinical and administrative issues are dealt with appropriately.

·       Provides direct supervision to psychiatrists, including evaluation and performance reviews.

·       Provides consultation on specific high-risk inpatient and outpatient cases.

·       Educates clinical staff regarding research findings, trends in best practice, and updates methods in psychiatry.

·       Responsible for recruitment, staffing patterns, approvals to fill, and productivity standards.

·       Develops, implements, and oversees quality assurance initiatives for the psychiatry program; ensures that all health and safety standards are met.

·       Attends meetings with the Clinical Director and Executive Cabinet.

·       Acts as a liaison with other department heads concerning discipline-specific clinical practices contributing to the multidisciplinary care of patients.

 

PARENTHETICS

 

          PSYCHIATRISTS (CHILDREN AND YOUTH): have specialized training and/or certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and provide psychiatric services to children and adolescent clients and residents.

 

          PSYCHIATRISTS (FORENSIC): have specialized training and/or certification in Forensic Psychiatry and provide psychiatric services to forensic patients and residents in a forensic treatment program.

 

          PSYCHIATRISTS (RESEARCH): specialize in designing, conducting, and supervising research and clinical studies and experiments about the causes and treatment of psychiatric disorders and presenting research reports about their activities.

 

INDEPENDENCE OF OPERATION

 

          Assistant Psychiatrists must work under the direct supervision of a licensed psychiatrist or other licensed physician. Other levels of Psychiatrist work with considerable independence in conducting patient evaluations, recommending admissions, discharges, and transfers to and from programs, developing and recommending comprehensive treatment programs, and approving and coordinating patient care. In addition, Psychiatrists 2 receive only limited administrative review when assigned responsibility for managing comprehensive psychiatric and patient support activities for a facility, treatment program, or unit.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

 

          Psychiatrists supervise staff by prescribing treatments, giving orders to implement and revise treatment programs, supervising the administration of treatment, and answering questions and advising staff about patient care and treatment. Psychiatrists 3 provide supervision to lower-level Psychiatrists.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          ASSISTANT PSYCHIATRIST

 

Open Competitive: limited permit to practice medicine in New York State and completion of a training program in Psychiatry approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for entrance into its examination. Since a limited permit is granted for a maximum of four years, Assistant Psychiatrists must secure licensure within that period in order to continue employment. Upon obtaining New York State licensure, Assistant Psychiatrists will be eligible to advance to Psychiatrist 1.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST (PART TIME)

 

Non-competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State and completion of an approved training program or certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 1

 

Open Competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State; completion of a training program in Psychiatry approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for entrance into their examination; and eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 1 (CHILDREN AND YOUTH)

 

Open Competitive: qualifications listed above for Psychiatrist 1 and completion of a training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for entrance into their examination

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 1 (FORENSIC)

 

Open Competitive: qualifications listed above for Psychiatrist 1 and completion of a training program in Forensic Psychiatry approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for entrance into their examination.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 1 (RESEARCH)

 

Non-competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State; completion of a training program in Psychiatry approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for entrance into their examination; one year of post-residency experience in an academic or research setting designing and/or conducting research studies; and eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 2

 

Open Competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State; certification in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 2 (CHILDREN AND YOUTH)

 

Open Competitive: qualifications listed above for Psychiatrist 2 and certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 2 (FORENSIC)

 

Open Competitive: qualifications listed above for Psychiatrist 2 and certification in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 2 (RESEARCH)

 

Non-competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State; certification in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; two years of post-residency experience in an academic or research setting designing and/or conducting research studies; and eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 3

 

Open Competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State and certification in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs; and two years of post-board certification professional experience as a member of the psychiatric staff of a psychiatric hospital and/or in the psychiatry department of a general hospital. One year of this experience must have included the clinical supervision of other psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, or fellows.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 3 (CHILDREN AND YOUTH)

 

Open Competitive: qualifications listed above for Psychiatrist 3 and certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 3 (FORENSIC)

 

Non-Competitive: qualifications listed above for Psychiatrist 3 and certification in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

          PSYCHIATRIST 3 (RESEARCH)

 

Non-competitive: license to practice medicine in New York State; certification in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; three years of post-residency experience directing and/or supervising a research team or program, serving as lead investigator in an academic or research setting; designing, conducting and reporting research; and eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

 

Continued employment in each title above requires that all required licenses and certifications be maintained, and where eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicaid and Medicare programs is required, such eligibility must be maintained.

 

 

Rev: 12/16

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.