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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner functions as a provider in the primary care group and as a member of the medical staff in the OASAS licensed programs. As a Psychiatric Midlevel Practitioner the provider serves to assign diagnoses, provides treatment and prescribes psychotherapeutic medications for mental, emotional and/or behavioral health disorders. As a member of the multi-disciplinary treatment team, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner develops individualized plans of care addressing treatment in an integrated approach across all health care domains.


Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Provides direct mental health care, emphasizing accessibility, health promotion, illness prevention and continuity of care to patients presenting with both minor and complex behavioral health issues.
  • Obtains a complete history including medical, psychosocial, economic, relationship and family status.
  • Conducts psychiatric evaluations, including a comprehensive alcohol/substance use history, assigns diagnoses for mental health and psychoactive substance use disorders.
  • Conducts standardized screenings for common problems/conditions related to substance use and addiction including those associated with psychological, social and functional indicators.
  • Completes physical examinations, performs, orders and monitors appropriate diagnostic/laboratory tests to detect the physical signs of acute psychoactive substance use, intoxication, and characteristic withdrawal.
  • Conducts medication assessments and crisis response for new and existing patients.
  • Provides induction and on-going management for Medication Assisted Therapies (MATS)
  • Assists members of the multi-disciplinary treatment team in the development of individualized plans of care based upon assessment data and the provision of on-going services and medication management
  • Provides consultation and health education to primary care providers, agency staff, and community partners relative to the treatment and medication needs of existing patients and as a means to ensure quality care across primary and behavioral health domains.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Medical Director of Addictions Services as to ensure best practices and relevant protocols
  • Works collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team to provide quick access to quality care.
  • Provides person-centered, evidenced-based psychiatric services to patients.

Quality of Service:

  • Documents all patient encounters completely and in a timely manner. This includes proper documentation of patient visits, phone calls, prescriptions, and if applicable, non-billable contact notes serving to document collaboration of care prior to leaving the health center.
  • Adheres to clinical practice guidelines that are adopted by the specialty group or an appropriate committee.
  • Completes required documentation for referrals and consultations.
  • Returns patient telephone calls within an appropriate time frame based on patient needs and expectations.
  • Prepares diagnostic reports for internal and external providers and community support agencies.
  • Contacts insurance companies and pharmacies, as needed, to ensure patients obtains and have access to prescribed medications.
  • Completes NYS Education Department requirements to maintain NPP license active and in good standing.
  • Keeps medical knowledge current through attendance at medical CME programs at least 25 hours per year.
  • Maintains an acceptable level of compliance with clinical and regulatory standards including medical record documentation per Joint Commission standards.
  • Participants in the Performance Improvement activities of the Health Center through chart audits, development and implementation of practice standards.
  • Actively supports the implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care at all clinical sites.

Team Work:

  • Provides in-service education to behavioral health and primary care staff.
  • Functions in a team based, patient-centered integrated behavioral health and primary care setting.
  • Attends multi-disciplinary staff meetings and case reviews.
  • Meets with the Medical Director of Addictions and for regular supervision.
  • Supports established policies and procedures of the Health Center. Makes recommendations and contributes to policy formulation.
  • Serves as member of on-call rotation for the OTP
  • Work is performed under the administrative direction of the Director of Outpatient Substance Abuse Programming (or their designee); pursuant to formal written collaborating agreement(s) with the Associate Medical Director of Addictions and the consulting psychiatrist.


  • Maintains DATA 2000 waiver (Buprenorphine Certification)
  • Attains NYS OASAS waiver and maintains approval to provide Methadone Induction in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP).
  • Maintains up to date training in emergency response
  • Demonstrates excellence in both internal and external customer service.
  • Understands and is able to effectively communicate HIPAA compliance, corporate compliance and client confidentiality.
  • Ensures and/or remains in compliance with local, state, and federal regulation, i.e. DHHS HRSA, NYSDOH, OASAS, DEA and all accreditation standards (e.g. Joint Commission and NCQA-PCMH).
  • Adheres to the National Patient Safety Goals as defined by the Joint Commission and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services.
  • Completes other duties as assigned.

Teaching and Community Involvement:

  • Supervises the clinical practice of medical/NP/PA students, residents and other practitioners as appropriate and contributes to the learning of students from other disciplines.
  • Acts as a resource to staff and the community regarding current trends in health care as well as specific health issues.
  • Participates in community activities and research designed to promote health and prevent diseases.


Graduate of a registered approved Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program; Completion of required State/National Certification Programs; Current licensure and registration as a Registered Professional Nurse in the State of New York and certification as a Nurse Practitioner; Previous experience providing behavioral health care to children, adolescents, adults; Knowledgeable about the behavioral needs of people across the lifespan.


One (1) to three (3) years of experience working in behavioral health/SUD clinic setting. Amendable to OASAS waiver. Bilingual/Multi-lingual abilities. Experience in Community Health. Experience in delivering culturally competent healthcare. Interest in on-going learning, best practice development, and education.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other legally protected status.

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