General Statement of Duties:

Persons in this class provide a range of specialized medical diagnostic and treatment services to clients. Persons in this class work under the administrative supervision of the Executive Director and the clinical supervision of the Chief Psychiatrist/ Medical Director.

Persons in this class are classified as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Major Essential Functions:

Diagnoses client illnesses and carries out the necessary psychiatric treatment program;

Provides crisis intervention and emergency services;

Promptly documents services as required by State and Federal laws and Agency regulations and/or requirements;

Provides prescription and management of psychotropic medications in parameters of prescriptive authority;

Collaborates with staff psychiatrists and medical director as consistent with applicable laws, regulations and medical supervision requirements and as needed;

Provides consultation to clinical staff on psychiatric and medical issues;

May conduct psychiatric evaluations and assessments, including forensic work;

May provide coverage at Arbor House (Residential Crisis Stabilization Unit) by providing initial psych evals or medication management services;

Meets agency standards for staff productivity;

Provides consultation, education, and training services with the Agency;

Works in cooperation with CSB case managers and other clinical staff to coordinate services;

Assists in planning, developing, and implementing Agency programs and services;

Coordinates leave schedules with CSB physicians and works cooperatively with CSB physicians to provide backup coverage as needed during absences;

Maintains effective relationships with co-workers and customers based on courtesy, compassion, and respect;

Makes effective use of available technology, including computers, e-mail, and voice mail in order to enhance customer service;

Is responsible for other duties as assigned, consistent with established policy and procedures.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of community mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse concepts; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse in adults, children, and adolescents; ability to diagnose, treat, and give advice about the treatment of mentally ill, mentally retarded, and substance abuse clients; ability to write concisely and effectively; excellent interpersonal

skills; demonstrated good judgment.

 Minimum Education and Experience:

Incumbent must have a Masters of Science in Nursing, and have graduated from a school for nurse practitioners. He/she must show certification and/or licensure as a Family or Adult Nurse Practitioner and/or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and in Nursing. He/she must maintain current licensure and prescriptive authority in the Commonwealth of Virginia. At least two years of experience in a mental health, intellectual disabilities or substance abuse setting is preferred.  Staff member is responsible for submitting proof of license renewal to the Human Resources office.

Other Information:

Equipment: Dictaphone, voice mail, computer.

Work Environment: General office environment with lighting levels, temperature ranges, air quality, ventilation, and noise levels.

Work Location: 1241 N. Main St. office; 463 E. Washington St. office; County jail, nursing homes and psychiatric facilities as needed.

Work Hazards: Standard hazards associated with human service office environment; occasional hazards associated with problem behaviors and necessary use of medical procedures. Use of universal precautions required.

Work Schedule: Regular office hours, Monday through Friday; additional hours as needed to perform job requirements.  Regular attendance is required.