Hospital Psychiatrist (Anticipated Vacancy)

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Bangor, Maine, United States

Job Description

Hospital Psychiatrist (Anticipated Vacancy)

Bangor , Maine , United States | Psychology & Psychiatry | Full-time Apply by: No close date Apply with Linkedin Apply

Opening Date: 8/3/2021Closing Date: 8/13/2021Job Class Code: 4180

Grade: 60

Salary: $158,745 – 216,569** **This does not include a $0.60/hour Institutional Stipend, as well as an additional $7.24/hour Salary Adjustment. Position Number: 03200-2043

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center (DDPC) is a 69-bed psychiatric hospital serving the entire State of Maine that provides services for people with severe mental illness. As a member of a statewide community of care givers, DDPC collaborates with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, their community and personal supports, to provide recovery-oriented, respectful, compassionate, and effective psychiatric care and treatment in the least restrictive, safest, and most therapeutic environment we can create.

Job duties:

This is professional services and scientific work in providing psychiatric, and dual diagnosis assessment and treatment of individuals with serious and persistent mental illness in a state institution in an inpatient and/or outpatient setting. Responsibilities include examining, diagnosing, and treating psychiatric, substance abuse illnesses, developing appropriate treatment plans that address each illness component; assessing the risk to the individual and to others that these illnesses pose from admission through the discharge process along the entire continuum of care including discharge planning and transfer to the community or criminal justice system; directing and coordinating multidisciplinary treatment modalities carried out by hospital staff members and staff involved in patient care; and serving as a partner with community providers for those patients under outpatient commitment. This classification is distinguished from the Physician III classification by its requirement for board certification in Psychiatry by a National Certification Board and by its responsibility to manage a patient caseload, treating individuals in a hospital or institutional setting. Work is performed under administrative direction.

REPRESENTATIVE TASKS: (A position may not be assigned all the duties listed, nor do the listed examples include all the duties that may be assigned).

+ Plans, assigns, and reviews work of clinical and medical staff and advises in treatment and care of patients in order to ensure quality care and treatment.

+ Examines, evaluates, and diagnoses patients’ psychiatric, or directs others in same in order to formulate appropriate care and treatment of individual patients.

+ Treats patients for psychiatricAA, in consultation with primary care provider and treatment team in order to ensure medication and safety management protocols are met and to help patients recover.

+ Assesses dangerousness and endorses commitment papers and other mandated documents in order to comply with the law.

+ Evaluates the need for seclusion, restraint, emergency medications, ability of patients to provide informed consent for treatment.

+ Assesses the need for a substitute decision-maker and testifies in guardianship hearings.

+ Examines and assesses degree of illness of patients at time of admission in order to determine whether admission is warranted.

+ Oversees and monitors all psychiatric and medical services for the institution at night or on weekends in order to respond to admission/discharge needs and emergency situations.

+ Determines psychiatric and medical needs in consultation with primary care and refers patients to necessary specialists for consultation and treatment in order to ensure proper patient treatment.

+ Interviews and confers with guardians, social workers, nurses, and school and court authorities regarding tests and interview findings in order to explain and interpret results.

+ Plans, reviews, and approves patient discharge to community, and makes determinations related to placement in order to provide appropriate residence and outpatient treatment.

+ Writes medical and psychiatric admissions, discharges, transfers, and progress notes in order to provide/retain necessary documentation.

+ Explains and interprets services available from public health and community services in order to inform patients, family, service providers, staff, and the public.

+ Provides clinical supervision and leadership in order to develop and manage effective treatment programs.

+ Develops instruction and instructs direct care staff and health professionals in order to enhance staff knowledge of treatment techniques.

+ Testifies as an expert witness in court presenting facts, findings, and medical/psychiatric determinations in order to support patient and community health, safety, and welfare.

KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

+ Knowledge of modern principles and practices of medicine, particularly as applied to psychiatry.

+ Knowledge of mental health diseases, disorders, their symptoms, and their treatment.

+ Knowledge of current developments in the field of medical and psychiatric medicine.

+ Knowledge of the interplay between medical, psychiatric, and substance abuse disorders.

+ Knowledge of how the treatment of the medical and psychiatric disorders can complicate both.

+ Knowledge of psychiatric social casework principles and techniques.

+ Knowledge of legal criteria necessary for involuntary admission and treatment.

+ Knowledge of pharmacology, laboratory, and x-ray methods and equipment.

+ Knowledge of patients’ rights.

+ Knowledge of psychiatric emergencies and appropriate interventions.

+ Ability to coordinate and carry out diagnostic and treatment programs for intellectually challenged or mentally ill patients.

+ Ability to interact and deal effectively with medical and nursing staff, community service providers, patients, and their families.

+ Ability to coordinate and oversee the work of others.

+ Ability to maintain objectivity and professionalism during unusual and stressful circumstances.

+ Ability to communicate effectively.

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively.

+ Ability to gather information and analyze results, draw valid conclusions, and make independent decisions.

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Possession of a current license to practice medicine in the State of Maine and National Board Certification in Psychiatry.

Must have experience as a hospital psychiatrist and experience in treating individuals with serious and persistent mental illness and co-morbid substance abuse disorders.

Current license to practice medicine in the State of Maine. Certification by National Certification Board in Psychiatry. SPECIAL NOTE: As a condition of employment, each employee must maintain all necessary clinical privileges to practice medicine in that employee’s position as determined by the respective medical staff and the superintendent of the facility.


To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter. To request a paper application, please contact Theresa Peppard at


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Posted On: Aug 05, 2021

Updated On: Nov 17, 2021