At Atascadero or Patton State Hospital, or at correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services, under general direction to formulate the program; plan the work; and direct the staff of a treatment program requiring medical direction for mentally disordered offenders; and to do other related work. This class is distinguished from Program Director (Medical) by the custody requirements imposed by the criminal nature of the patient population and the security features of the facility.
Directs the activities of a multidisciplinary treatment staff in formulating and achieving program goals and individual patient objectives; reviews and approves individual patient treatment plans and evaluates patient progress; plans, coordinates, implements, and evaluates program objectives and results; establishes operational policies and procedures to meet program objectives; formulates and determines program priorities; selects staff and evaluates performance; determines staffing requirements and assignments; works with hospital administrative personnel, central treatment services personnel, other Program Directors, staff assistants, and consultants in implementing program objectives; participates in program-related community activities; integrates the work of the program with that of other programs of the hospital; arranges, as necessary, for consultation on difficult cases with medical authorities outside the hospital; consults with staff members on unusual or difficult medical, surgical, or other treatment problems; observes and intervenes in instances of disruptive or assaultive behavior; ensures the security and safety of patients, staff and visitors within the program.
Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Medical Board. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the California Medical Board 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 Either I One year of experience performing the duties of a Program Assistant (Medical).
Four years of clinical experience as a physician and surgeon, or psychiatrist in a mental health setting.
Knowledge of: Principles, procedures, and techniques used in planning, evaluating, and administering a multidisciplinary treatment program; principles and practices of personnel management and effective supervision; California law and rules pertaining to mental hospital administration; principles and practices of community organization for mental health; hospital organization, management, and procedures; principles and methods of general medicine and surgery; current developments in the field of general medicine and surgery; principles and practices of psychiatry, psychiatric social work, physical therapy, psychology, and the rehabilitation therapies and other ancillary medical services; and Department's civil rights and equal employment opportunity objectives.
Ability to: Formulate and manage a multidisciplinary patient treatment program; integrate the program with the overall functions of the hospital; communicate effectively; work independently in identifying the need for and developing proposed changes in program practices and procedures; analyze complex medical and administrative problems and take effective action; effectively contribute to the Department's civil rights and equal employment opportunity objectives.
Willingness to work at Atascadero or Patton State Hospital, or at correctional facilities contracting with the Department of Mental Health for diagnostic and treatment services; demonstrated leadership ability; sympathetic and objective understanding of the problems of mentally disordered offenders; tact; patience; and emotional stability.
Incumbents must possess and maintain sufficient strength, agility and endurance to perform during physically, mentally and emotionally stressful and emergency situations encountered on the job without endangering their own health and well-being or that of their fellow employees, patients or the public.