The Colorado Department of Human Services welcomes your interest in the Medical Director position. This position oversees the medical, behavioral health and dental needs of children in the child welfare and youth services systems, including the Department's 24-hour, seven (7) day-a-week (24/7) facilities in the Division of Youth Services. The facilities operated by the Department provide health care via complex systems and are governed by many state and federal laws and regulations requiring close coordination and partnerships with private or non-profit providers, academic research and policy organizations and publicly funded clinics and hospitals. There is consistent pressure on the facilities/programs to stretch fixed budgets, provide innovative services and continually provide higher quality care. This position serves as an internal consultant to OCYF for medical and behavioral health oversight.
The OCYF Medical Director will have thorough knowledge of medication management, human development, psychiatric diagnosis, and intervention modalities with children, adolescents, and adults. Knowledge of and adherence to American Psychiatric Association ethical standards. Understanding of varying management techniques, working with budgets, planning and development of health care systems. A solid knowledge of The Joint Commission and the Continuing Quality Improvement concepts and processes.
The Medical Director will:
Provide medical and behavioral health (including psychiatric) consultation for individual cases, including development and planning for comprehensive case reviews involving medical complexity, polypharmacy, and other concerns in order to ensure appropriate medical and behavioral health care;
Consolidate and align pertinent policies, protocols, rules and regulations to incorporate best practices in the standards of care for each population served by the Division;
Review vendor policies, procedures and practices related to medical and/or behavioral health care and oversight, identifying and correcting deficiencies, misalignments and inconsistencies;
Establish continuous quality improvement systems for the quality of care provided by state facilities, including reviewing health, medical and behavioral health audits, surveys and reviews across the OCYF 24/7 facilities, identifying common deficiencies and developing strategies to unify policy and practice where appropriate;
Serve as an advisor to the OCYF leadership on medical or behavioral health issues;
Work with appointing authorities for facility medical directors, medical officers, nurse officers, and other clinical staff as requested by programs, or clinical/medical contractors to set practice-appropriate performance standards and develop plans to ensure health care oversight and coordination of care among clinical and medical staff;
Develop and manage any new initiatives related to health care provided by OCYF;
Develop and present solutions to complex problems, which typically involve merging unique state or federal law. What might seem like a logical and simple solution to a problem may not be allowed by state or federal rules, requiring this position to develop alternatives, or develop and draft new policy or legislation. This position, directly and through the work of others, bridges differences of policy and opinion and finds workable solutions;
Demonstrate ability to distinguish between alcohol and other drug-related symptoms and other pre-existing physical problems or pathologic behaviors;
Make independent decisions, working knowledge/familiarity with computers and electronic medical record keeping and to verbally communicate with patients and staff and document communications effectively
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment:
M.D./D.O. degree in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Family Practice or related field
Current, unencumbered license to practice medicine and to prescribe medications in the State of Colorado
Minimum of two years of previous experience in the supervision of other professional staff
Knowledgeable with current psychotropic medications and side effects
Demonstrated ability to develop treatment plans and summaries based on patient needs
Ability to cooperatively work as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team
Understanding of varying management techniques, working with budgets, planning and development of health care systems
Experienced user of EHRs – Electronic Health Records
Preference will be given to candidates with greater depth and breadth of experience than listed in the minimum qualifications. Other preferred qualifications or experience desired may include:
Certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry or Developmental Pediatrics
Two years of documented experience in the treatment of children, adolescents, or patients with developmental disabilities in either inpatient or outpatient psychiatric treatment settings.
Experience with juvenile justice, foster care, and developmentally disabled populations
Able to demonstrate competence in gathering and interpreting information about mental disorders and chemical dependencies including the biopsychosocial influences and effects of each.
Experience advising a Government, State or Local agency or other legislative/advisory board.
Management experience coordinating and managing systems/organizations in a complex environment
Conditions of Employment:
The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:
The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check
The successful candidate in this position will independently travel throughout Colorado using personal transportation or a state vehicle to conduct customer visits
Please submit an on-line application, resume, transcript, and cover letter. Part of, or the entire exam for this position will involve a review of the information you submit in your application material. Therefore, it is paramount that in the experience portion of your application and cover letter, you describe the extent to which you possess the education, experience, and competencies outlined in the job announcement as well as the special and/or preferred qualifications. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions may affect your score and prevent you from competing in subsequent measures used to arrive at a top group of applicants.
This position is unclassified, and at-will, which is a performance-based pay plan reserved for senior-level management positions responsible for relatively large or important segments of a principal department.
For recruitment questions, please contact Mieke Thorson, HR Director, Mieke.Thorson@state.co.us
ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone 1-800-929-0791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.
Internal Number: IKA 70001
About Colorado Department of Human Services
Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) connects you to assistance, resources and support for living independently in our state. We are the people who help people.
Colorado has a state-supervised and county-administered human services system. Under this system, county departments are the main provider of direct services to Colorado’s families, children, and adults.
Collaborating with our partners, our mission is to design and deliver high-quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and well-being of the people of Colorado.
The people of Colorado are safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their greatest aspirations.
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Make decisions with, and act in the best interests of, the people we serve, because Colorado's success depends on their well-being.
Share information, seek input, and explain our actions because we value accountability and transparency.
Manage our resources efficiently because we value responsible stewardship.
Promote a positive work environment to support and develop employees, because their performance is essential to Colorado’s success.
Mea...ningfully engage our partners and the people we serve because we must work together to achieve the best outcomes.
Commit to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow.