Psychiatric - Inpatient Psychiatric Provider

Employer: Valley Cities Behavioral Healthcare
Job Type: Full Time, Part Time, On-Call
Location: Multiple

Job Description:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High integrity/ethical standards
  • Ability to establish positive, respectful and collaborative professional relationships
  • Strong work ethic

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed inside and outside in varying temperatures.
  • Employee may occasionally be required to push or lift up to 25 pounds.
  • May be exposed to office supply odors or vapors.
  • Employee is sitting, the majority of the time.
  • Employee is also required to stand, walk, type, bend, write, read, interpret and explain complex issues and speak on the telephone.

Job Duties:

The Inpatient Psychiatric Provider is an essential member of a multidisciplinary team caring for individuals admitted to involuntary psychiatric or withdrawal management services. The position is responsible for initial, consultation and ongoing psychiatric evaluations, medical management of psychiatric illnesses and substance withdrawal as appropriate. The psychiatrist provides team leadership, supervision of psychiatric ARNPs, and participates in the ITA (Involuntary Treatment Act) legal process as needed.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provide initial psychiatric evaluations to clients admitted to involuntary psychiatric services within state-mandated time frame.
  • Formulate and document diagnostic assessments of admitted clients.
  • Contribute medical/pharmacologic elements to clients’ individualized treatment plans/ participate in multidisciplinary treatment planning.
  • Provide and document ongoing psychiatric evaluations 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.
  • Provide psychiatric consultation to clients admitted to secure withdrawal management services, as needed.
  • Utilize and oversee medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders, including naltrexone and buprenorphine when appropriate.
  • Provide administrative and clinical supervision to psychiatric ARNP staff.
  • Consult 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
  • Review and revise policies, procedures, and work flows pertaining to the inpatient psychiatrist role as assigned.
  • Provide on-call/ after hours coverage (extra compensation beyond minimum required shifts)
  • Maintain licensure, board certification and continuing education as per community standards and state/ federal requirements.
  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures, learn and adhere to Joint Commission, federal, state and local requirements as is the agency standard.· Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • M.D. or D.O.
  • Graduation from an accredited school or program
  • Licensed to practice under state WAC and RCW
  • ABPN Board certified or board-eligible
  • Preference given to addiction – certified psychiatrists
  • 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.


  • Ability to work independently including making acute treatment and referral decisions
  • Ability to function as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Competence with electronic health record documentation
  • Possession of a DEA “X” waiver to prescribe buprenorphine preferred – must obtain within 3 months of hire.

How to Apply:

Contact Information: 

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