Nurse Practitioner - Telepsychiatry Prescriber (part time)

Location: Lowell, MA
Job ID: 164384-1A
Date Posted: Jan 12, 2021
Category: Adv Practice/Non MD Provider

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services.   Our team delivers quality care to clients and families in more than 30 communities throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston. Our mission is to provide personal, compassionate, state-of-the-art, integrated behavioral healthcare that makes a difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. Our services include mental health counseling, addiction treatment, and family and school-based services.


About the Job

The Lowell Emergency Services Program (ESP) through Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services has been awarded a grant by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation and is currently searching for a Nurse Practitioner (part time) to help expand access to Behavioral Health services in an Urgent Care capacity where the Lowell ESP has identified an urgency to provide open access to client’s who are in need of medication management as there are lengthy wait lists and a shortage of psychiatrists within the Lowell area and its surrounding towns. As a result, the Beth Israel Lahey Health Lowell ESP will be implementing tele psychiatry as a bridge service available to individuals aged 21+ who have completed a crisis evaluation with an identified urgent need to access medication at the completion of their evaluation to reduce psychiatric symptoms causing impairment to the client’s current level of functioning. Beth Israel Lahey Health seeks to hire a tele psychiatry prescriber who is comfortable working with the mental health and dual diagnosis population to prescribe psychiatric medication as a bridge until the clients are successfully referred to an outpatient psychiatrist by a care coordinator. The tele psychiatry prescriber will consult with the referring ESP clinician at the completion of the crisis evaluation to retrieve necessary client history prior to the initial tele psychiatry consult, where the tele psychiatry prescriber is able to request necessary lab work, prescribe psychiatric medication, and conduct follow up appointments.

Position details:

 This is a Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation grant funded position that will end January, 2022.


Monday - Friday / 3-7pm / 20 hours/week

 Essential Functions/Key Responsibilities:

  1. Prescribe psychotherapeutic treatments or medications via telemedicine platform to treat mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder on a recurrent basis.
  2. Gather, maintain and document patient information and records, including social or medical history obtained from patients, relatives, or other professionals.
  3. Design individualized care plans, using a variety of treatments.
  4. Collaborate with physicians, clinicians, social workers, care coordinators, or other professionals to discuss treatment plans and progress.
  5. Analyze, examine, evaluate patient data, laboratory or data test findings to diagnose nature or extent of mental disorder or general physical condition.
  6. Review and evaluate treatment procedures and outcomes of other psychiatrists or medical professionals.
  7. Participate in continuing education classes, attend conferences or seminars, or conduct research and publish findings to increase understanding of mental, emotional, or behavioral states or disorders.
  8. Participate in team meetings as needed or instructed by Project Manager.

EducationMust possess and maintain current Nurse Practitioner license, Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registrations & DEA registration including the X waiver required to prescribe buprenorphine. Experience in psychopharm, acute psychiatric crisis or working in an Emergency Services setting is preferred.