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Medical Director (Medical Specialist 2)

NYS Office of Mental Health
Albany, New York
Closing date
Jul 11, 2024

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Are you looking to be a part of delivering improved mental health services to the State of New York?  Become part of a team of passionate professionals and begin a rewarding, life-long career in public service.  The State of New York offers unmatched benefits, individual support, and career mobility for motivated individuals.

Who We Are: New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State. OMH also regulates, certifies, and oversees more than 4,500 programs, operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies.

What We Stand For:  The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations, and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees' unique attributes and skills are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

What We Offer:
• NYS pension and retirement programs
• Annual cost of living and performance advance increases
• Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans
• Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care
• Paid time off, including thirteen paid holidays per year, and paid personal leave, vacation leave, and sick leave

Job Responsibilities:

The New York State Office of Mental Health seeks a qualified candidate for a Medical Specialist 2, G-38, position in the Office of Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Health Services. Under the direction of the Director of Health Services, the incumbent will serve as the Medical Director working closely with the OMH Chief Medical Officer and Central Office Physicians. The Medical Director will be responsible for supporting the infection control programs at all Psychiatric Centers, maintaining policies and guidance for the Medical Specialists re: medical conditions, preventative health measures and specialty services, and oversee emergency medical and clinical laboratory services.


Specific duties to be performed may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Consult and support new BHS director during transition with activities but not limited to the following: Support IC programs at all facilities. This includes policies and guidance, assisting with outbreak containment, and maintaining Joint Commission and CMS standards and reporting. Active engagement with PCs and system ICNs for guidance related to COVID and other outbreaks. Create written guidance based on the changing landscape of circulating pathogens. This also entails monitoring CDC information and collaboration with the NYS Department of Health. Work with Facilities and ASSG for mitigation and containment of infection control risks. Monitor and update immunization requirements for onboarding new staff. Support the Med Specs with updating polices and guidance for both treatment of medical conditions and updating preventative health measures. Assist with recruitment and retention. Assist in credentialing of medical specialists. Assist in developing referral sources for other specialty services. Expand current collaboration with DOH and CEI program for screening and referral of all outpatients for Hepatitis C treatment. Working with the Central Office Medical Directors establish metabolic monitoring process for all OMH outpatients on second generation antipsychotics. Assist the Central Office Medical Directors with credentialing approval of Medical Specialists. Continue project of establishing Low Dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer to PMH patients at risk by working with Roswell Park Eddy Program (mobile imaging).

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