Associate Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry

Employer: Valley Cities Behavioral Healthcare
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Kent

Job Description:

The Associate Medical Director of Inpatient Psychiatry oversees the psychiatric care for individuals admitted to involuntary psychiatric or withdrawal management services. The position provides direct psychiatric care for patients admitted to Recovery Place Kent (RPK), provides clinical supervision to Inpatient Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, participates in the ITA (Involuntary Treatment Act) legal process as needed, provides administrative leadership (in collaboration with the RPK Director & VP of Inpatient Services) towards the administrative goals and objectives of Valley Cities, and works with other RPK leadership on Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives, implementation of best practices, and ensuring a culture of collaboration, trust, equity, and celebration of diversity.

Job Duties:

  • Provide initial psychiatric evaluations to clients admitted to involuntary psychiatric and secure withdrawal management services.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary care team in creation of a treatment plan.
  • Provide and document ongoing psychiatric assessments throughout episodes of inpatient treatment.
  • Provide medical/ pharmacologic management of clients’ psychiatric conditions and substance withdrawal, as indicated and appropriate.
  • Provide appropriate assessment, orders and documentation of any required emergency treatment, seclusion, or restraints.
  • Provide medical/clinical support to the nursing team as requested.
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests as appropriate.
  • Utilize and oversee medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders, including naltrexone and buprenorphine when appropriate.
  • Provide administrative and clinical supervision to Inpatient Psychiatric ARNP staff.
  • Consult and collaborate with general medical providers as needed.
  • Communicate with outpatient psychiatric and general medical providers as needed to ensure continuity of care.
  • Participate in involuntary treatment-related legal proceedings as needed.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Assist with providing on-call/ after hours coverage
  • Participate in the Inpatient Continuous Quality Improvement committee and participate in CQI projects as needed
  • Work with other RPK Leadership on review and revision of policies, procedures, and work flows as assigned and on ensuring a culture of collaboration, trust, equity, and celebration of diversity.


  • M.D. or D.O. Graduation from an accredited school or program
  • Licensed to practice under state WAC and RCWABPN
  • Board certified or board-eligible
  • Familiarity with best practices in substance use disorder treatment including withdrawal management, Medication Assisted Treatment for OUD and harm reduction
  • Understanding of Washington State Involuntary Treatment Act procedures Pass required background checks.

How to Apply:

Contact Information: 

Name: Lisa Santiago
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 206 408 5199