Medical Director-Psychiatry (12293)

Lake Country IL Waukegan, IL

Location: 3010 Grand Avenue, Waukegan


Do you want to make a difference by providing behavioral health services to the underserved and to those individuals in the Lake County population with the greatest need? Do you want to work with a talented and comprehensive support staff of Psychiatrists, Registered Nurses, Therapists, Certified Medical Assistants & Case Managers? We are proud to be in the top 6% of local health departments nationwide in population served, budget, and workforce. Ready to join the team?

The Medical Director of Psychiatry supervises and coordinates the activities of our Behavioral Health psychiatrists and physicians. This leader serves as liaison between the psychiatric medical staff and the administration as well as providing psychiatric services to clients.


Reporting directly to the Chief Medical Officer, this position oversees clinical integration of Behavioral Health Services with other primary health care services. Responsibilities of this position include oversight and development of the Behavioral Health Medical Home model (in conjunction with Clinical Operations and Prevention), MAT (Medically Assisted Treatment) for patients with substance abuse, and coverage of clinical management activities in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer (including provider recruitment, development and retention, establishment and achievement of productivity benchmarks, quality improvement, and risk management to ensure quality and cost effective care). In addition, this position will also provide direct patient care. This position serves as a liaison between Behavioral Health, Clinical Operations, Prevention the health care providers, clinic staff and administration, and Health Department Directors. This position is full time (50% clinical and 50% administrative time).

Required Skills

* Serves as the associate medical advisor for the department's clinical services.

* Develops vision for the clinical activities to improve the health outcomes, obtain quality incentives and shared savings, and create innovative clinical models of care.

* Participates in executive management business and clinical strategy development and implementation.

* In conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer, is responsible for hiring the Provider staff (including Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants) for the Health Center and ensuring that each Provider is working to meet the Health Center's mission.

* Directly provides medical treatment and diagnosis for clinic patients.

* Consults with staff regarding patients not necessarily seen directly by the physician. This includes, but is not limited to, cases in which medical supervision is necessary for insurance purposes.

* Participates and presents at clinical conferences and provides medical expertise as appropriate.

* Oversees in the achievement of productivity standards as set by LCHD and the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Responsible for working with the Providers and Clinical leadership to ensure that performance expectations are understood. Uses or develops analytical tools designed to improve clinical and service performance.

* Establishes the standards of care and maintain the medical policies and guidelines of the clinics.

* Researches best practices and evidence based programs and incorporates into activities of the areas being managed.

* Establishes clinical benchmarks and outcome indicators to measure, monitor, and improve the changes and other demographic factors that impact the agency's strategy.

* Monitors performance management data for areas of responsibility and assures the implementation of CQI principles and projects.

* Collaborates with Medical Director for Behavioral Health on quality improvement activities for Behavioral Health and Behavioral Health Medical Homes, including Quality Review and Credentialing, patient Grievances and all medical activities in order to achieve quality of care and cost containment goals; responsible for setting clinical targets for performance measures and oversees the activities to achieve the performance measures.

* Ensures Behavioral Health medical coverage for health centers. Provides back-up medical services, as necessary.

* Provides physician and APN education. Coordinates on-site physician education program (which involves arranging speakers to give medical topic education lectures to LCHD/CHC Primary Care providers and interested community physicians).

* Serves as liaison between the health care providers, other clinical staff and administration.

* Works with the Chief Medical Officer, Clinical Operations, and selected academic institutions in development, implementation, monitoring, and implementation of Health Care workforce training opportunities for Health Professions trainees at LCHD/CHC.

* Serves as Medical Director for the medical services provided at the LCHD/CHC Addictions Treatment and Crisis Care Programs

* Share responsibility for supervision for "On Call Nurses" for Clinical Operations.

* Share responsibility for back-up coverage for on-call physicians for Clinical Operations.

* Develops and maintains a basic knowledge of services available at the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center (LCHD/CHC).

* Participates in the Chronic Care Model Processes in order to reduce health disparities within our communities.

* Develops and maintains a working knowledge of individual Emergency Preparedness roles.

* Demonstrates adherence to National Patient Safety Goals.

* Participates in quality improvement activities to assess, monitor and improve program services. Participates in mandatory in-services and drills, attends staff meetings and other training, including appropriate age specific educational trainings offered on a regular basis for professional development.

* Reports all unusual occurrences that may involve the safety and well being of the clients, patients and/or co-workers, directly to the supervisor and/or Safety Officer.

* Assists and encourages clients/patients in identifying self-management goals.

* Performs duties in a prioritized, organized and orderly manner to maximize clinic efficiency and productivity.

* Maintains orderliness and cleanliness of clinic and work area.

Required Experience


1. Graduation from an approved medical school, with three years residency training in a program approved by the American Medical Association.

2. Three year psychiatric residency training in a program approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Medical Association


1. Illinois license to practice as a physician and be Board (ABPN) eligible or certified in psychiatry


2. Letter from the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation stating that the application for licensure endorsement has been approve. Receipt of an Illinois license must follow within six months of the initial application date for endorsement.