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In the Department of Corrections, under general direction of the Warden in a specialized institution for the custody and treatment of inmates with mental or physical conditions requiring intensive medical care, to plan, organize, and direct the psychiatric and related services of the institution; to maintain order and supervise the conduct of inmates; to protect and maintain the safety of persons and property; and to do other related work.
Serves as immediate head of the Psychiatric and Counseling services at a specialized correctional institution for the custody and treatment of inmates with mental or physical conditions requiring intensive medical care; plans and directs the work of the clinical program and records staff engaged in the compilation of diagnostic reports relating to the adjustment and progress of inmates; coordinates the psychiatric treatment program with other institution programs, namely the medical, custody, recreation, education, religion, and business functions; makes decision on difficult psychiatric problems in the care and treatment of psychotic patients and inmates exhibiting character disorders; secures and trains staff; evaluates their performance, and takes or recommends appropriate action; plans and directs psychiatric training and research; organizes, directs, and participates in clinics for diagnosing, classifying, and reviewing the progress of inmates; assists in the custodial management and implements treatment policy for groups segregated on the basis of serious behavior problems in the institution; conducts staff meetings and consults with staff members on psychiatric and clinical matters; reviews the progress of staff members; makes clinical rounds and evaluates treatment progress of inmates; assists in the coordination of general departmental policies; maintains order and supervises the conduct of persons committed to the California Department of Corrections; prevents escapes and injury by these persons to themselves, others or to property; maintains security of working areas and work materials; inspects premises and searches inmates for contraband, such as weapons or illegal drugs.
Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the Medical Board of California or the California Board of Osteopathic Examiners. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Medical Board of California or the Board of Osteopathic Examiners will be admitted to the examination, but the Board to which application is made must determine that all legal requirements have been met before candidates will be eligible for appointment.) and Possession of a valid certificate in psychiatry issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, or eligibility for examination for such a certificate as evidenced by a written statement from either Board. (Applicants who are in the process of establishing specialty board eligibility will be admitted to the examination but the required verification must be submitted before appointment.) and Either I One year of experience performing the duties of a Chief Medical Officer, Correctional Facility, or Chief Psychiatrist, Correctional Facility, in the California state service.
Two years of administrative or supervisory experience at least comparable to that of a chief of service in a hospital with at least 100 beds.
Knowledge of: Principles and methods of psychiatry; principles and methods of neurology; current developments in the field of psychiatry, including developmentally disabled; principles and application of psychotherapy in a correctional setting; psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, physical therapy, and various rehabilitation therapies, and other health care services; purposes and procedures in administering a mental hygiene program in a correctional setting; hospital organization, management, and procedure; principles and practices of personnel management; psychiatric research methods and techniques; correctional principles, practices, and trends; principles, methods, and objectives of training treatment personnel; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Plan, organize, and direct all phases of the psychiatric and related training programs of the medical facility; integrate psychiatric social work, clinical psychology, physical therapy, and various rehabilitation therapies, and other medical ancillary services into an effective treatment program; perform advanced research and direct research programs; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; maintain effective working relationships with health care professionals and others; communicate effectively; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
Demonstrated ability to plan, direct, and coordinate complex and varied activities in a major subdivision of a correctional facility; empathetic understanding of patients of a State correctional facility and of the problems of the mentally ill, delinquency and adult criminality; willingness to work in a State correctional facility; alertness; keenness of observation; tact; patience; emotional stability; and demonstrated leadership ability.
Persons appointed to this position must be reasonably expected to have and maintain sufficient strength, agility and endurance to perform during stressful (physical, mental and emotional) situations encountered on the job without compromising their health and well- being or that of their fellow employees or that of inmates.
Assignments may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates and/or the protection of personal and real property.