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Chief Psychiatrist

Southwest Network Chandler, AZ Full-Time
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In this crucial role, you will direct, coordinate and provide medical/clinical services to our underserved and often critically ill members. You will provide clinical assessments, progress notes, annual psychiatric updates, family interventions and other diagnostic assessments to enhance the medical, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of our members’ lives.

Serves as an active member of the site management team working collaboratively with the Site Administrator, Clinical Director, and the Lead Nurse (and other leadership) regarding the site-based delivery of clinical care. Assists the clinic leadership to ensure effective coordination and communication with the site Prescribing Clinicians. Assists the clinic leadership with operational issues at the site that affect the clinical practice. Provides clinical supervision to all other psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants (prescribing clinicians) working at this site including contract staff.

A complete job description is available upon request.


Eligible candidates must possess a doctorate of medicine or osteopathic medicine with a specialty in psychiatry. Three years or more post-doctoral years experience in the delivery of mental health treatment is required. You must also have a license in good standing with the state of Arizona, be eligible for Board certification, and have a valid DEA certification. You must meet the criteria for a Behavioral Health Professional or Behavioral Health Medical Professional as established by the Bureau of Medical Facilities Licensing.

Thorough and working knowledge of psychiatric and co-occurring disorders is imperative. Knowledge of DSM-V–TR codes and descriptions, psychotropic medications and crisis intervention required. Knowledge of community based behavioral health services preferred. Requires effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Ability to follow direction, use of sound judgment and excellent time management skills are essential. Must be able to maintain good member relationships, identify priorities and stay organized. Preferred typing skills of 25-40 WPM.

Only candidates 21 years of age or older will be considered.


This position is offered at a fair, competitive salary. A good benefits package is a valuable part of your total compensation, and we’ve got a great one: medical, dental and vision insurance; paid sick, vacation and holiday time; tuition reimbursement; retirement plan with match; disability insurance; life insurance; flexible spending and health savings accounts; an employee assistance program; employee discounts; and more. When you consider everything—the salary, the benefits, the support we offer, and the impact you’ll have on the lives of others—it could be the right opportunity for you. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of education, employment, driving record and auto insurance, and completion of a criminal background check and drug testing.

Southwest Network is an equal opportunity employer.


For adults with serious mental illness, recovery and success in life depends on good mental and physical health, as well as having satisfying relationships, safe housing, purpose in life, a sense of belonging, and hope for the future. We help people define their personal goals for recovery and manage their symptoms so they can achieve those goals. With our integrated health services, care and support, they discover strengths they didn’t know they had and are able to build futures filled with hope, meaning, and wellness.

As a member of our medical team, you will collaborate with members of a professional, experienced clinical care team to provide integrated physical and behavioral health care. You'll enjoy working with people who are not only dedicated, but progressive and who encourage clinical innovation and new, empirically based best practice programs.

You will treat the whole patient, utilizing a broad range of skills, with an understanding of the unique strengths, needs, and culture of each individual and their family. You will see patients regularly over long periods of time, build relationships with them, and be able to affect long-term change in their lives.

Although the position is challenging, you’ll have a flexible schedule, no hospital rounds, and minimal on-call responsibilities so you’ll have time to enjoy your personal life and everything Arizona has to offer.

We offer a generous compensation and benefits package, paid malpractice insurance, and continuing education opportunities. In addition, we have teaching affiliations with local and national universities, and because all our sites are approved by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), you may be able to take advantage of their loan repayment and scholarship program. We are also willing to sponsor J-1 and H-1B visas.


  • Serves as point person for practitioners and clinical directors at sites regarding clinical and operational matters specific to the practitioner’s scope of work.
  • Records and reports potential barriers to quality psychiatric and medical care identified by practitioners and collaborates with clinical directors in finding solutions to overcoming these barriers.
  • Supports and participates in grand rounds, monitoring activities, mortality reviews, performance improvement projects, and corrective action plans in order to address and improve the delivery of quality care and identified standards of practice.
  • Participates in utilization management and quality improvement activities including pharmacy, polypharmacy, inpatient hospitalization and discharge planning.
  • Actively participates in daily and individual team meetings and provides leadership in discussion and problem solving of members’ complex clinical or medical issues.
  • Serves as the attending psychiatrist for assigned members
  • Completes initial psychiatric assessments, supportive psychotherapy, engagement, medication management, progress notes, and annual psychiatric updates; conducts family meetings, interventions, and patient education; develops differential diagnostic assessments, assessments of capacity for consent to treatment, and risk assessments; monitors progress towards treatment goals including medical, psychological, social, behavioral, developmental aspects of the member’s situation, and conducts discharge planning.
  • Performs specialized duties as required by special clinical situations or treatment populations consistent with license and scope of practice, such as reviewing and signing all amendments and PAD petitions originated at the clinic; evaluates members for continuation of court ordered treatment; prepares medical reports to the Psychiatric Security Review Board or Superior Court including treatment plan changes for those members on conditional release from Arizona State Hospital and receiving services at the clinic; and completes specialized treatment plans (STP) and Forced Medication Sheet (B form) whenever a member is placed on court ordered treatment or needs to return to inpatient treatment on an amended court order due to non-compliance.

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