Under general supervision, the incumbent in this position is responsible for providing
psychotherapy and medication evaluation and management to a range of clients having mental
illness, under the supervision of consulting psychiatrist(s). The position also provides evaluation,
treatment planning and discharge planning services for consumers. Extensive knowledge of: the
etiology of serious mental illness, mental retardation, developmental, and substance abuse
disorders and their treatment by a variety of appropriate therapeutic interventions including
psychopharmacology; nursing practice and medical evaluation, physical diseases and their
treatment; community resources and networking techniques; and of psychiatric and medical
1. Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses
intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flow and procedures.
2. Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes
information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving
situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
3. Client Service – Manages difficult or emotional client situations; responds promptly to client
needs; solicits client feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance;
4. Ethics – Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works
with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
5. Professionalism- Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats
others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility
for own actions; follows through on commitments.
6. Quantity – Meets productivity standards; completes work in timely manner; strives to increase
productivity; works quickly.
7. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are
covered when absent by notifying immediate supervisor of need for coverage; arrives at meetings
and appointments on time.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Conducts therapy, medication assessments, and crisis response to new and existing clients.
Develops individual service plans based upon assessment data and provides therapeutic
interventions as necessary including the provision of on-going medication management services.
Meet with patients in a timely manner in order to monitor progress and recommend necessary
changes to their medication regimen and treatment interventions.
2. Provides consultation and health education to agency staff, caregivers and clients as it is
relative to the treatment and medication needs of agency consumers. Prescribe medications and
treatments with attention to existing medical diagnoses and concomitant therapies.
3. Provides special assessments of consumers awaiting discharge from state facilities, participates
in discharge planning with other agency and facility staff, and assists in diversion of persons from
state facility placements through agency residential programs.
4. Maintains documentation of services including service plans, progress notes, medication
informed consent, quarterly treatment plan reviews, and other required information in compliance
with agency and third-party compliance standards.
5. Receives medical supervision from psychiatric consultants consistent with applicable Protocol.
6. Completes other duties as may be assigned by the immediate supervisor that are consistent with
the responsibilities of the position.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office
equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to
lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.
POSITION TYPE AND EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK:
Days and hours of work will vary
Within the Washington, D.C Metro Area
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
1. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Licensure in Washington, DC
2. Masters Degree.
3. Two years experience working with persons who have serious mental illness, mental
retardation, and/or substance abuse disorders.