Medical Director, MHSC

Mental Health Service Corps - New York, NY2.3

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $160,000 a year
The Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC), is a cornerstone of Thrive NYC, with a mission to increase access to mental health services where most needed, introduce and accelerate adoption of better practices in those settings, and help build a future mental health workforce that partners with communities. MHSC is a first-of-its-kind, innovative approach to both driving change in specialized behavioral health settings, as well as in advancing change towards integrating behavioral health in other settings, such as primary care. It places over 300 full-time, early career Masters- and Doctoral- level behavioral health clinicians (BHCs) in primary care (PC) and behavioral health settings (BH) (e.g., mental health clinics and substance use programs) in these roles in underserved areas, thus also promoting a more diverse, and appropriately skilled workforce that matches the kinds of models of care and roles for providers in the communities that are at the heart of Thrive NYC. MHSC seeks a Medical Director to lead the way in realizing the large-scale, city-wide practice and workforce transformation opportunities of MHSC.

The Medical Director is responsible for directing a team of Psychiatric Consultants to primary care practices throughout New York City who are partnered with Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC). In addition, the Medical Director is integrally involved in program development and implementation of clinical standards, policies/procedures, workflows, and metrics in accordance with program requirements. The Medical Director chosen to lead this distinctive program will partner with community members to identify challenges and pursue creative solutions to lead the largest contingent of dedicated clinicians to implement and reshape the delivery of mental health care services in our most under-served communities. The Medical Director must be a thoughtful problem solver and critical situation analyst. He or she should be a highly skilled communicator who can negotiate with business leaders, government or healthcare-related organizations to spearhead MHSC’s advocacy for community-centric solutions. Accordingly, the Medical Director must provide clinical supervision, as well as, continuous and targeted training programs essential to engaging and developing premier “patient first” clinicians.

MHSC is a city-funded program housed under Hunter College, CUNY and the Research Foundation of CUNY. All MHSC staff are employees of the Research Foundation of CUNY*.

Manage and provide specific supervision of the MHSC Psychiatric Consultants and the Assistant Medical Director.
Monitor quality of consultative work with MHSC Behavioral Health Clinicians (BHCs) placed in sites and with PCPs/primary care practices.
Assure good collaboration between psychiatry team and other members of MHSC and DOHMH teams working at the site & program level.
Recruit and orient new psychiatrists and/or psychiatric nurse practitioners in collaboration with HR Department as needed, while upholding the MHSC vision of staff diversity and inclusion in the recruitment process.
Collaborate with other members of MHSC Clinical Leadership team to coordinate supervision efforts between clinical supervisors (LCSW and psychology supervisors), Psychiatric Consultants, and support staff in resolution of any issues that may arise.
Be available to review and advise on challenging cases from primary care and behavioral health settings when issues are escalated either through the MHSC Psychiatric Consultants or other members of the clinical team.
Liaise with Training and Practice Engagement teams regarding physician education efforts to include:
Education focused for the MHSC Psychiatric Consultants.
Coordination of Psychiatric Consultant involvement in BHC training.
Coordination of Psychiatric Consultant input as content experts as applicable.
On-site trainings delivered for medical staff at practices by MHSC Psychiatric Consultants, in particular, if psychopharmacology education is warranted.
Specific involvement in efforts to support any staff or sites in learning about integrated and/or collaborative care.
Coordination of training by MHSC Psychiatric Consultants for other Thrive initiatives and/or community organizations.
Work closely with DOHMH, MHSC Practice Engagement team, and MHSC Communications team to engage sites and drive towards goal of increased integration of behavioral health within primary care sites
Assist in developing curriculum for site champion events, webinars offered to physicians at sites.
Participate in strategy to monitor performance of sites and guide intervention where site performance issues are present, especially in primary care settings.
Assist in Quality Improvement efforts in the implementation of:
Clinical pathways and assessing evidence-based practices to fidelity by BHCs.
Data review and use of data within MHSC to drive change and progress towards site/BHC effectiveness.
Participate in and assist with facilitating meetings of the MHSC Advisory Group, which incorporates input from all levels of MHSC staffing.
Assist as needed in literature review related to MHSC efforts.
As specific issues or initiatives arise within MHSC, act as project lead when directed to do so by Executive Director.
Valid license to practice medicine in the State of New York.
Board-certified or board-eligible in adult psychiatry at a minimum – additional specializations and board certifications highly considered.
At least seven (7) years of clinical practice post-residency, preferably within a setting offering services to under-served populations, with a minimum three (3) years in a Medical Director role.
Understanding of and experience in implementation of population and public health principles, taking systems of health care into consideration.
Experience in working with metrics, indicators, and outcomes from a QI and program monitoring perspective.
Knowledge of and experience with integrated behavioral health in primary care models preferred.
Strong ability to multi-task & work in a demanding environment with competing priorities.
Ability to both manage and be part of team efforts within the organization.
Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate well with various stakeholders across many levels of the NYC health care system.
Passion for working with diverse and high needs communities in line with the MHSC mission.

“The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Protected Veterans Status/ E-Verify Employer.”