Clinician, Emergency Psychiatric Services

Behavioral Health, A Member of Lahey Health - Winchester, MA3.7

30+ days agoPart-time
The incumbent is responsible for providing psychiatric evaluation, follow up, and psychiatric inpatient placement of patients in the emergency department and on the medical units, as requested by the attending physician.


1. Psychiatric evaluation, consultation, and follow up

Provide comprehensive assessment of patients including evaluation of safety and need for inpatient psychiatric admission

Incorporate information obtained from collateral sources into the assessment

Conduct mental status exam and complete diagnostic formulation with treatment recommendations

Provide ongoing re-assessment and monitoring of patients as required/requested

2. Communication

Establish and maintain communication with patient and collaterals regarding assessment and recommendations

Communicate assessment information and recommendations effectively and efficiently to attending physician and other members of the care team

Communicate necessary information to insurance to obtain authorization for placement

Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to next provider in order to obtain appropriate care and disposition for patient

3. Referral and placement

Complete referrals as necessary, based on recommendations, including appropriate placement in an inpatient facility

4. Documentation

Complete required documentation in the patient?s medical record

Complete required paperwork for purposes of program data gathering

Complete required billing sheets for Patient Accounts

5. Insurance Verification/Authorization

Identify correct behavioral health insurance for patients

Contact insurance and provides necessary information to obtain authorization as necessary for next level of care

Document authorization information


Masters degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field.

Independent professional license strongly preferred.

Experience conducting psychiatric evaluation of adults and children, knowledge of level of care/medical necessity criteria, basic knowledge of behavioral health insurance processes as applicable to emergency psychiatry

Must be fluent in English, strong verbal and writing skills

Minimum 5 yrs. clinical experience post-Masters/Ph.D.

Scheduled Hours

24 hours, part-time

Benefit Eligible

Physical Requirements

Position requires sitting and standing for up to one half hour at a time, extensive use of telephone and computer, infrequent breaks