Easterseals UCP is a nonprofit service provider with over 20 different service lines. We manage residential group home program, summer camps for children with IDD and autism, find employment for people with mental and psychical disabilities, afterschool programs, adoption and foster services, crisis services, among many others. As an organization, we have been active for over 100 years and are ever-growing to continue to serve as many individuals in the community as we can.
One of our service lines is our Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT).
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a full spectrum, long-term, community-based treatment model for adults with severe and persistent mental health needs that have not been adequately treated by more traditional treatment services.
Team members help the person address every aspect of their life, whether it be medication, therapy, social support, employment or housing.
Assertive Community Treatment is an evidence-based, treatment approach that involves a high level of coordinated care and supports men and women to manage their mental health challenges and live independently.
We are looking to grow our teams with talented people and achieve great things together!
Essential Job Functions:
• Typically sees the individuals at least monthly for the assessment and treatment of the individual’s symptoms and response to medication including side effects. The frequency will vary for each individual, with the vast majority seen within 4 to 6 weeks of the last appointment, with many of the contacts being in the community.
• Collaborates with the team leader in sharing overall clinical responsibility for monitoring individuals
• Provides treatment and clinical supervision to the team collaboratively with the Team Lead.
• Actively collaborates with nurses to develop and implement medication administration policies Procedures as well as oversee the medical care of beneficiaries that include regular screenings for medical conditions and assessment of wellness and health management.
• Educates non-medical team members on psychiatric & non-psychiatric medications, their side effects, & health-related conditions; provides diagnostic and medication education to the beneficiary, with medication decisions based on shared-decision making.
• Regularly participates in daily team meetings and treatment planning meetings; attends daily team meetings in proportion to the time allocated on the team.
• Provides brief therapy (formal or informal).
• Provides psychiatric back-up to the program after-hours and weekends. (Note: may be on a rotating basis as long as other psychiatric care providers who share on-call have access to an individual’s current status and medical records/current medications).
• Works with the ACT team leader to monitor each individual’s clinical status and response to treatment.
• Provides psychopharmacologic management of patients
• With the assistance of nursing and other members of the team, consults and collaborates with primary care providers to address general medical needs
• Meets the critical standards as outlined in the most current edition of the National Program Standards for ACT teams as established by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill or US Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services.
• Provides assistance to the ACT team staff in the delivery of services in accordance with best-practice standards as set forth by the appropriate agents listed above
• Assists in training new employees
• Completes required training within prescribed timeframes
• Successfully participates in the DMH approved ACTT training
• Other duties as assigned
The ACTT Psychiatrist must have a medical degree from a nationally accredited institution of higher learning, and be:
- A graduate from an AGME accredited residency program in Psychiatry; and
- Is board eligible or certified in psychiatry; or
- Is ASAM- eligible or certified; and
- Holds a current, unrestricted North Carolina medical license and is in good standing with the medical board; and
- Holds a current, unrestricted DEA license and is in good standing with a federal agency; and
- Has a current NPI number; and
- Has individual liability insurance coverage for practice; and
- Must be able to work on a part-time or modified full-time basis (from 16 to 32 hours per week) depending on the needs of the program and the number of individuals to be served.