TITLE:  Child Psychiatrist (Independent Contractor)

FLSA:  Non-Exempt (Hourly)

DEPARTMENT:   Clinical

ACCOUNTABILITY:  Program Director

DATE REVISED:  September 2013


SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: Positions allocable to this class are assigned to various services offered by our mental health agency, and work directly under a Program Director. Within agency guidelines and professional standards, incumbents of the position function independently. The Psychiatrist promotes a strengths based approach to treatment that empowers families, supports a community based philosophy of service, and ensures that all clinical services are aligned with the agency’s mission, vision, and core values.

POSITION SUMMARY: This is a contracted position (16 – 20 hours) for a board certified child psychiatrist, Doctor of medicine specialized in child & adolescent psychiatry. Receives referrals for evaluation from therapists. Examines, evaluates, diagnoses and treats psychiatric disorders. Provides follow up, psych education and support to clients & families. Reviews case histories and keeps clinical materials in accordance with Department of Mental Health requirements. Is available for periodic consultations with therapists and participates in monthly utilization review meetings. Works closely with case managers, social workers, child advocates, and other staff as needed.


  • Works closely as part of the treatment team with the therapist and case manager and includes families in the evaluation process.
  • Prescribes psychotropic medication as needed & provides follow-up and psych education regarding medication and possible side effects.
  • Keeps paperwork in accordance with DMH regulations and procedures.
  • Completes and submits clinical documentation in a 24 hour time frame utilizing the agency’s electronic health record system (EXYM).
  • Participates in regular utilization reviews of clinical charts and consultation with therapists.
  • Prior experience in community mental health preferred.
  • Know & comply with Agency policies and procedures, HIPAA, DMH policies and documentation guidelines, and other state & federal regulations relating to quality assurance & improvement.
  • Demonstrate medical/clinical leadership skills, a complete working knowledge of psychopharmacology and experience in mental health service delivery to a broad-based individual and multi-cultural patient population.
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Experience as a Psychiatrist in an outpatient setting.
  • Possess good computer skills & demonstrated ability to utilize electronic progress note system.
  • Utilize analysis, experience, and judgment to make decisions.


Possess current MD licensure in the state of California. Residency/Board Certification in Psychiatry. Board Certified in Child Psychiatry. Valid DEA license. Bilingual


Interested candidates must be able to successfully manage a fast-paced work environment; stay current with all documentation deadlines; have strong organizational and computer skills; flexibility with schedule is important in order to meet the needs of families; excellent interpersonal skills; a strong commitment to the mission of the agency; positive attitude essential; must be a team player and able to work well with others.


M.D. or D.O. required from an accredited medical school.

Must be licensed in California to practice medicine.

Board Certified in Child Psychiatry required.

Previous experience working in a DMH funded agency preferred.

Bilingual/Spanish highly desirable.


Additional Details:

A comprehensive contract will be agreed to by both the Psychiatrist and The Whole Child and will be kept on file by both parties.

This description is only intended to illustrate the duties, responsibilities and requirements for it. It is not intended, nor should it be interpreted to describe each and every duty candidate is assigned or may be required to perform.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in a normal office setting. Noise level is usually moderate with an occasional loud outburst.

Job Type: Part-time, Contracted

Salary: $195.00 to $200.00 /hour