The Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Unit (PBHU) within the Office of Child and Family Health (OCFH) is responsible for promoting best Mental Health practice principles to guide decision-making, program and policy development, and development of resources to ensure that children known to ACS are receiving the best possible care to address psychiatric and behavioral health conditions. The PBHU is also responsible for providing direct assistance to all ACS Divisions and contracted agencies in promoting best practices and ensuring that children have timely access to high-quality mental health care. The Unit works to ensure that psychiatric medications are used and monitored appropriately. The New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ OCFH is seeking a Medical Director to provide clinical and administrative oversight for the PBHU, which includes the Psychiatric Medications Unit and the Mental Health Coordination Unit. The Medical Director will report to the ACS Chief Medical Officer. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:
Manage and oversee all Unit activities, including psychiatric medication consents, tracking and technical assistance for psychiatric inpatient admissions and case audits.
Provide administrative oversight for mental health services at the Nicholas Scoppetta Children’s Center.
Implement and modify standards for prescribing and monitoring treatment of psychiatric diagnoses and respond to questions and feedback from the community, practitioners and foster care agency administrators.
Review requests for consents and overrides for the pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric diagnoses for children and youth in foster care.
Develop and update audit and monitoring tools for assessing agency consent procedures for psychiatric medications.
Provide case-specific consultation for issues involving management of psychiatric illnesses for children under the care and custody of the ACS Commissioner.
Participate in a behavioral research review committee that will evaluate and approve mental health-related studies in which children and youth in foster care will be invited to enroll.
Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders and represent OCFH on issues surrounding pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric diagnoses for children in foster care, juvenile detention, close to home and preventive care.
Develop and update ACS practices, policies and procedures related to mental health and behavioral health.
Provide guidance and training to all ACS staff on topics related to mental health and behavioral health.
Provide partial oversight to the Medical Audit Team in developing and updating audit and monitoring tools for assessing agency procedures for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric diagnoses in foster care children and youth.
Represent ACS on citywide functions and activities related to mental health and behavioral health.
Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.
Minimum Qual Requirements
Possession of a valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York plus valid Board Certification issued by the appropriate American Specialty Board in an approved medical specialty; and four years of medical practice including one year of experience in an administrative or supervisory capacity; or 2. A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to that listed in "1" above. However, all candidates must have a valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York, and one year of medical practice in an administrative or supervisory capacity.
The preferred candidate should possess the following: Board Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology); Five (5) years of clinical experience in the care of children and adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses in the emergency room, inpatient or outpatient setting; at least 3 years’ experience in training other mental health professionals in the care of children and adolescents with psychiatric diagnoses; at least 1 year experience and/or training in supervision and management of personnel and/or the administration and management of a mental health-related program or project, preferably in the context of child welfare, health policy or public health; sensitivity to cultural issues influencing diagnostic and treatment decisions among clients and staff; training, interest and/or experience in public health policy work, program assessment, evaluation and monitoring; familiarity with the New York City child welfare and mental health systems, with particular attention to the mental health issues prevalent in the child welfare population and the issues surrounding the pharmacologic treatment of mental health diagnoses in the context of foster care; experience with conjunctive behavioral management across a spectrum of interventions; excellent communication, team-building and organizational skills.
Please note that a valid NY State license is not required to apply, but the selected candidate must be eligible to apply for a NY State license at the time of employment and must have a current NY State license while employed with NYC ACS.
Section 424-A of the New York Social Services Law requires an authorized agency to inquire whether a candidate for employment with child-caring responsibilities has been the subject of a child abuse and maltreatment report.
The City of New York and the Administration for Children’s Services are Equal Opportunity Employers Committed to Diversity