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Psychiatrist-PT Hourly

Post Date:  06/09/2020
Position Type:  Part-Time, Hourly as Scheduled

Department:  Behavioral Health Division, Watertown Plank Road

Compensation Range:  $84.67 - $122.76 per hour
Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled 

The Behavioral Health Division (BHD) in Milwaukee County provides care and treatment to adults, children, and adolescents with mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities through both County operated programs and contracts with community agencies. Services include intensive short-term treatment through our crisis services and inpatient services, as well as a full array of supportive community services for persons with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division through early assessment and intervention promotes hope for individuals and their families through innovative recovery programs in behavioral health wellness, recovery, research and education.


Position Summary: Under the general direction of the Service Medical Director, the Psychiatrist Hourly provides psychiatric medical care to adults within the BHD Acute Adult Inpatient Service, Crisis Services, and/or Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS). Hourly staff are utilized in these BHD services, on an as needed basis, for essential patient care coverage needs during evenings, weekends, holidays, vacation, and vacancies.


Position Duties:

  1. Admission and Discharge of Patients. Provides observation, assessment, diagnosis, care, treatment and planning for assigned patients; provides medication management; may conduct and supervise psychotherapy.

  2. Psychiatric Management and Treatment. Directs patient care; develops treatment plans considering contributions of other professional disciplines; integrates service goals, objectives, and outcomes; consults with outside physicians, ancillary professionals, agencies and/or other interested individuals.

  3. Assessments, Referrals and Consultations. Consults with other Physicians and with nurse practitioners to ensure physical care needs are addressed and makes appropriate referrals and aftercare recommendations; as needed.

  4. Documentation. Maintains appropriate and timely medical record documentation (written and electronic) in conformance with regulations, hospital policy, CMS, state and billing requirements.

  5. Risk and Legal Assessments. Provides seclusion/restraint assessments and suicide/homicide risk assessments; maintains familiarity with WI mental health laws; clears or places legal holds on patients; prepares for and testifies at patient commitment/detention hearings.

  6. Teaching and Collaborating. Participates in the teaching, training, and supervision of medical students, residents, fellows and/or advanced practice clinical students, as assigned; may be assigned to mentor junior staff.

  7. Medical Staff Governance and Professional Practice Review. Maintains a working knowledge of all critical medical staff and hospital policies; participates in professional review activities; may participate and serve on medical staff committees; may be asked to serve on hospital committees.

  8. Program Development. Confers and works with staff on matters regarding proper and efficient operation of the clinical facility and program; takes an active role in the development of policies and standards for patient care.

  9. Professional Development. May conduct or participate in research activities; updates professional knowledge on a continuing basis through continuing medical education programs and literature; from time to time may be asked to prepare and present professional reports.

  10. Miscellaneous. Performs other duties related to patient care and professional activities, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possess a Doctor of Medicine or Osteopathy degree (MD or DO)
  • Have a current Wisconsin Medical license (MD or DO)
  • Completion of at least three (3) years ACGME Psychiatry residency training (applicants within their final three (3) months of training may be considered, proof pending of training completion by appointing authority).
  • Be registered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Be American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) eligible in psychiatry at the time of initial appointment; Certification will be required and must be obtained within time requirements recognized by the Psychiatry Board post-residency, unless requirement is waived on recommendation of the CMO.

              *ABPN or AOA Certification in Psychiatry shall me maintained, at all times, after date of initial certification or date by which applicant is required to obtain certification.

  • Must have at least basic experience with all related computer and software application such as Microsoft Word and Excel

  • Must be proficient with using Electronic Health Record (EHR) software; preferably Avatar


Please note: As an express condition of employment, practitioner shall apply for, obtain and maintain membership and privileges through the Medical Staff Organization of MCBHD. Practitioner must meet membership eligibility requirements and receive an affirmative recommendation for all clinical privileges as may be necessary for practitioner's hospital practice. Practitioner must further meet Medicare/Medicaid enrollment eligibility. These eligibilities must be established prior to employment start date and maintained throughout employment.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, techniques, literature, and new developments in the field of psychiatry including psycho-pharmacology; ability to conduct and supervise psychotherapy; ability to assume major responsibility in an adult psychiatric service; ability to create and maintain harmonious relationships with the staff, patients, relatives/guardians of patients, and/or agencies;  Advanced knowledge of electronic medical record (EMR) system usage preferred but training will be provided; basic knowledge of all related computer and software applications such as word processing and spreadsheets; must be able to lift, push, pull and carry up to 25lbs on a regular basis.

M. Otero

Special Instructions: The ORIGINAL EXAMINATION is open to current residents of the United States. Appointee must establish residency within the confines of the State of Wisconsin or Illinois within six months of appointment and maintain such residency during incumbency. In accordance with Section 11, Rule 3 of the Civil Service Rules a non-competitive examination will be held for this position. The non-competitive examination will consist of criteria deemed appropriate by the Director of Human Resources to rank applicants on the eligible list for this position. 

Milwaukee County offers a comprehensive blend of benefits designed to make your life better both inside and outside of the workplace. Milwaukee County conducts criminal background checks and pre-employment drug testing.

Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements. If special accommodations are needed, please contact 414-278-3936.