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Staff Psychiatrist
Working Title Psychiatrist - Adult PACT Team
Department/Division Human Services - Program of Assertive Community Treatment
Job Type Full Time
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Requisition ID:
Work Location:
Human Services - Witchduck Annex
Pay Range:
D.5162, $186,712.26 - $217,631.87
Starting Salary:
Depending upon Qualifications
Work Schedule:
Monday - Friday 8-4:30pm w/ rotating after hours on call coverage
Part Time Hours/Wk:
Application Deadline:

Job Duties:

General Statement of Duties: The Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) staff psychiatrist ensures the provision of assessment, treatment, and hospital diversion services in accordance with the model of Assertive Community Treatment for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. This is accomplished via program coordination, direct service, clinical supervision, consultation and education, as well as other intra and inter-agency functions. In consultation with the Team Leader and Medical Director, the staff psychiatrist develops and maintains medication, psychiatric, and medical treatment policies and procedures for the PACT Program.

Specific Duties with qualitative and quantitative measures of performance:

  1. Performs complete initial psychiatric evaluations and provides ongoing outpatient psychiatric assessment and treatment, including pharmacotherapy, for all Consumers enrolled in PACT services;  provides services in a variety of settings including Virginia Beach Community Services Board (VBCSB) offices, Consumer homes, hospitals, and other community locations.
  2. Prepares complete and accurate notes and reports, consistent with current policies and procedures, including psychiatric evaluations, progress notes, treatment plans, and the documentation of informed consent for treatment; orders, interprets, and appropriately documents the results of laboratory tests;
  3. Provides management and treatment of routine and urgent situations for PACT Consumers, including crisis intervention and a reasonable level of telephone consultation during non-working hours to handle urgent questions involving risk management, patient medications, laboratory results, etc.;
  4. Remains cognizant of and compliant with the clinical and administrative requirements for

reimbursement of services provided by payers outside the VBCSB; reviews selected MIS data collections and reports;

  1. Complies with established legislation, mandates, program standards, and all VBCSB requirements regarding Consumer services and documentation;
  2. Provides, on an as-needed basis, individual, group, and or family counseling, e.g. supportive therapy, disease and medication education, symptom management, etc.;
  3. Provides clinical training to impart knowledge and skills to the PACT Team through participation in treatment planning meetings, regular case consultation, informal teaching conferences, and other forms of collaboration;
  4. Serves as the PACT Team liaison to VBCSB Medical Services while coordinating and interfacing with medical service delivery staff; collaborates with primary care physicians, specialists, and other attending physicians involved in Consumer care, as needed.
  5. Provides written reports and/or oral testimony in commitment and other legal proceedings, when required;
  6. Advises the PACT Team Leader of all significant clinical, program, administrative and community events and situations that require administrative attention; 
  7. Collaborates with staff liaisons, evaluation and crisis staff, and Eastern State Hospital staff about strategies to enhance hospital diversion efforts;
  8. Working with the PACT Team Leader, PACT Nursing Coordinator, and DHS Medical Director, assists in developing and implementing medical policies and procedures;
  9. May provide self-transportation to assigned service sites or to other required program activities;
  10. Performs other VBCSB related duties as requested or assigned.
  11. Provide on-call coverage for VBCSB as needed in consultation with Department Medical Director, e.g., Recovery Center on-call rotation.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities required for the position:


  • Psychiatric illnesses and their differential diagnoses, including general medical conditions
  • DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria
  • Diagnosis and management of co-occurring disorders (mental illness in conjunction with substance use disorders)
  • Pharmacotherapy of mental illnesses, including side effects and laboratory monitoring
  • Psychotherapeutics
  • Crisis intervention techniques
  • Complete mental status examination
  • Regulations involving Consumer Rights, Human Rights, and Confidentiality
  • DBHDS Licensure Regulations
  • PACT Fidelity Model
  • Community support philosophy and services including comprehensive case management, independent living skills training, psychosocial rehabilitation, outreach, crisis intervention and stabilization
  • Clinical techniques to work with Seriously Mentally Ill Consumers
  • Basic working knowledge of desktop computers and familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Outlook, and electronic health records


  • Application of human personality, growth, and development to the Seriously Mentally Ill population(s)
  • Psychiatric assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient’s needs
  • Documentation and report writing
  • Advocacy
  • Effectively implement interagency coordination of services for the Seriously Mentally Ill
  • Crisis prevention, intervention and management
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Using a computer, including e-mail, the Internet, and various software programs


  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal communication & effective listening skills
  • Establish effective working relationships with colleagues, consumers and families
  • Work with minimal supervision
  • Complete work efficiently, timely, and accurately
  • Function as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Exercise sound judgment
  • Plan and manage multiple work priorities
  • Function as a clinical and professional role model
  • Provide professional leadership and display personal initiative
  • Demonstrate adherence to strict confidentiality and ethical standards
  • Develop and implement sound clinical decisions

Specific Credentials (Licensure/Certifications):

Unrestricted license to practice Medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Board-certified or board-eligible in Psychiatry. If Board-Eligible, the physician must obtain Board Certification within five years of completing their psychiatric residency program.

Strong background and experience working with the severely mentally ill population; valid Virginia Driver’s License and acceptable driving record is required.

Minimum Requirements:

MINIMUM Qualifications: Licensed as a Psychiatrist in the State of Virginia, possession of a Drug Enforcement Association (DEA) Certificate with no restrictions on prescribing controlled substances. Eligibility for Medicare, Medicaid, and other third party reimbursement.

Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina drivers license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver's license eligibility requirements.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: All employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies. May be required to drive to off-site meetings.

Additional Requirements:

DMV Transcript:  Required
CDL:  Not Required                                       
DOT History:  
Not Required                                                 
CPS Check:  Required
Physical:  Not Required    
Respirator:  Not Required
Polygraph Review:  
Not Required
Psychological Screening:  Not Required

Attachments Required:  resume


Eligible for 3rd party reimbursement.
Board Certification or Board eligible in Psychiatry.
Experience working with adults with serious mental illness & co-occurring Substance Use Disorder (SUD).

Special Instructions:

This position is currently posted for three months. Applications will be screened periodically and interviews conducted based on qualifications and preferences for the position. If a candidate is selected before the three month deadline, the recruitment will be filled and closed at that time. It is advisable not to wait until the posted deadline to apply for this position as applications are being reviewed as they come in.

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VRS Contribution:   All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction.  

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