APA Document Reference No. 910017
Model Job Description for a Medical/Clinical Director in the
Office of the State Mental Health Program Director
APA Board of Trustees, December, 1991
"The findings, opinions, and conclusions of this report do not necessarily represent the views of the officers,
trustees, or all members of the American Psychiatric Association. The views expressed are those of the
authors. -- APA Operations Manual.
State mental health systems increasingly serve children and adults with severe mental disorders who need services that
are founded on a biopsychosocial model. Psychiatrists are uniquely qualified to synthesize biological, psychological, and
social factors and implement an effective multidisciplinary system of care.
A board certified psychiatrist with progressive management and clinical experience in public psychiatry should serve as
Medical/Clinical Director of the state mental health system. This position should have clear responsibility and authority
for providing clinical leadership. The Medical/Clinical Director will collaborate with the program director in
accomplishing the following tasks:
1. Establish the state's plan for a comprehensive mental health system.
2. Design programs and develop strategies for accomplishing the goals and objectives of the plan.
3. Develop funding and implement programs.
4. Recruit and retain staff who possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively in the state's
mental health system.
5. Establish and oversee the state's quality assurance program.
6. Evaluate the effectiveness of the state's mental health programs in achieving the goals and objectives of the plan and
regularly update the Comprehensive State Mental Health Plan on the basis of this evaluation.
7. Maintain meaningful involvement of consumers and advocates.
8. Maintain effective, collaborative relations with appropriate academic institutions.
The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society, founded in
1844, whose 40,000 physician members specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental
and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders.
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