Medical Director - Youth Services

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Location: Lawrence, MA
Job ID: 157061-1A
Date Posted: Aug 25, 2020
Category: Physician

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Job Description

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Lahey Health Behavioral Services is part of a vibrant and growing health care system, recognized as a trailblazer in medicine and a standard bearer in patient experience. It includes an award-winning academic medical center, a superb constellation of community hospitals, home care services, rehabilitation facilities and more.

We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining top talent in a market long recognized and revered as a global leader in health. With a team approach to care, we encourage learning and growth at all levels, and we offer competitive salaries and benefits. We adhere to the principles of a just and fair work environment for all colleagues, where respect is foundational and performance is rewarded.

About the Job

About Job: 

The Medical Director of Youth Services is responsible for clinical and medical oversight as well as the quality of care
for youth services across all community based programs within Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services.
Oversees medical operations for youth in partnership with Divisional Medical Directors (Ambulatory, Emergency
Services, Addictions.) Provides direct patient care, professional support to medical and clinical staff, and
general leadership regarding policies, laws, and regulations related to youth.


 Oversees all aspects of clinical and medical care delivery for youth across Ambulatory, Emergency Services, and Addictions divisions. Programs include community based youth services (Community Services Agencies, In Home Therapy, Family Networks, Student Assistance Program, a day school, and mobile crisis intervention) based out of outpatient clinics and outreach sites in Lawrence, Salem, Haverhill, Beverly, Gloucester. Provides regular, ongoing clinical consultation to staff. Ensures supervision is provided to all Medical Staff serving youth, including but not limited to Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners. Provides clinical case conference consultation weekly at each of the sites. Participates in multidisciplinary team and/or critical risk team meetings. Provides psychiatric evaluations, ongoing psychiatric assessments and treatments, and counseling to assigned patients. Analyzes patient data and test or examination findings in the diagnosis of mental disorders of assigned patients. As necessary, gathers and maintains patient information and records, including social, medical, and substance use history obtained from patients, relatives and significant others, and other sources. Also collaborates with physicians, psychotherapists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, or other professionals to obtain client history and to discuss treatment plans and progress. Develops individualized care plans involving evidence-based psychotherapeutic and/or medication treatments to assigned clients, when indicated. Monitors patient responses to these treatments (including adverse effects for medications) and makes necessary adjustments or recommendations. Focuses on and screens for patient safety and harm-reduction with each patient meeting and with all forms of treatment. On-call telephone coverage for clinical/medical consultation for youth clients. 






A qualified candidate must have MD designation and be a Board Certified Psychiatrist specializing in
Children and Adolescents. At least 5 years experience in the Ambulatory, Community, and/or Emergency
Services setting is preferred. Expertise in risk assessment, management, and documentation is necessary
for success in the position.

General educational requirements
 Specific vocational or professional training
Credential and licensure requirements

 Specialized or technical skills required, including computer applications proficiency (e.g. Basic Excel, Intermediate Word, and knowledge of electronic
medical records)
 Other skills, knowledge, and abilities required to do the job
 Amount of directly related experience required