The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.
King County's Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) provides equitable opportunities for people to be healthy, happy, and connected to community.
This senior management position will serve as the Behavioral Health Chief Medical Officer for the Behavioral Health & Recovery Division (BHRD) whose overall mission is to provide accessible, quality behavioral health services to low income residents throughout King County. The primary objective of the position is to help the County achieve its long-term strategic goals including full behavioral health and physical health integration. The Chief Medical Officer will set the strategic vision for clinical service delivery and oversee BHRD’s behavioral health care delivery system, including but not limited to: development and implementation of clinical strategies, programs, initiatives, quality improvement and assurance, utilization management policies & procedures, and clinical policies and procedures. The Chief Medical Officer oversees the clinical functions within BHRD, providing guidance and oversight to existing functions, such as care management and coordination, quality and clinical compliance. The Chief Medical Officer sets the strategy to innovate towards the creation of prospective clinical functions to enhance BHRD’s role within King County, such as population health management and further the goal to achieve physical & behavioral health integration at the delivery system level. The Chief Medical Officer is a liaison to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and Behavioral Health Agency (BHA) partners, working collaboratively with MCOs and providers to support adherence to clinical contract standards.
This position will report to the Division Director, be part of the Division Executive Leadership Team and supervise the Division’s Quality and Care Coordination & Recovery (Utilization and Care Management) sections. The successful candidate will prepare high level briefing material and reports for use internally and externally by the Division and Department. The position will be called upon to represent the Division and the County at various meetings and functions.
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Community and Human Services values diverse perspectives and life experiences. The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with lived experiences.
REQUIRED MATERIALS: Candidates who wish to be considered for this position must submit an online King County application and respond to the supplemental questions. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the requested and relevant information in the online application and supplemental questionnaire. Applications and/or supplemental questionnaires that state, “see my resume” are considered incomplete and will not be considered to be competitive.
WORK SCHEDULE/CONDITIONS: This position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime. Typical hours are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm.
TEMPORARY TELECOMMUTING REQUIREMENT
The work associated with this position will be performed remotely, at least through July 5, 2021 in compliance with King County’s telecommuting mandate. It is possible that the work will be primarily performed remotely on an ongoing basis after July 5, 2021.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer.
To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
Provide thought leadership to the BHRD Executive Leadership Team with regard to clinical innovation and the evolution of existing clinical service delivery to meet changing contract administration requirements, to advance best practices in quality and medical trends, and to apply evidence-based decision-making.
Work collaboratively with the BHRD Executive Leadership Team to achieve overall goals of network growth, financial performance, medical cost management and clinical quality improvement.
Work collaboratively with utilization management and care management teams, and other appropriate business departments across product lines to ensure compliance with federal and state regulation, identify and address opportunities to improve service, reduce administrative cost and support department and organizational business goals.
Oversee clinical care management and medical management strategies across the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN) and Behavioral Health ASO (BH-ASO), in collaboration as appropriate with MCO partners.
Oversee improvements of all aspects of behavioral health for BHRD, including assessment of existing quality initiatives and push towards quality initiatives that demonstrate continuous quality improvement in critical areas where quality gaps exist.
Chair or participate in internal and external committees, meetings, and work groups, as appointed, related to policies, procedures, and best practices in the mental health and substance use disorder system, including the KC Medical Director’s Committee, KCICN Committees, and BHRD Committees such Patient Placement Task Force.
Participate in training of BHRD and network staff.
Provide clinical consultations as needed to providers in relation to individual clients, particularly for persons with complex or high needs.
Manage and lead quality improvements of all aspects of behavioral health for BHRD, including assessment of existing quality initiatives and push towards quality initiatives that demonstrate continuous quality improvement.
Provides support to the clinical operations and network management teams, including supporting new product implementations and modifications.
Provide overall strategic direction and oversight of local, regional and statewide behavioral health policy and programs to contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of behavioral health services.
Provides medical oversight, guidance, and assistance with policy development related to the County's management of mental health and substance use disorder treatment and prevention services.
Participate in the development of new health care strategies related to health care reform as opportunities become available, such as the integration of behavioral health services with primary care.
Oversee and support BHRD quality staff and the network of contracted behavioral health providers in achieving quality outcomes under contracts with the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) and contracted Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s).
Provide leadership in developing and optimizing clinical models of care, including but not limited to systems of care that support integration of physical and behavioral health services.
Serve in a liaison and leadership role with MCOs and psychiatric inpatient facilities, particularly as it relates to quality monitoring, UM activities and transitions of care.
Facilitate coordination of care for clients by interfacing between the Division, the Provider network and the MCOs.
Ensure alignment of clinical care management and medical management strategies across the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN) and Behavioral Health ASO (BH-ASO) with MCO contract requirements.
EXPERIENCE, QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS:
Washington State Medical License
Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
5 years full time practice experience in a community behavioral health or public psychiatry practice setting
5 years of administrative experience working within a health or behavioral health system or managed care setting and demonstration of role setting vision for clinical strategies and models of care
Understanding of managed care principles and practices
Experience with quality improvement and utilization management program oversight
Understanding of public community behavioral health systems for children, adults and older adults
Understanding of the impact of, and awareness of available resources to address, the social determinants of health
Demonstrated knowledge of behavioral health programs and models of care based upon principles of recovery and resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care
Ability to work and provide leadership in a multi-disciplinary setting
Understanding of issues of families of persons with mental illness and substance use disorders
Experience relating to consumer and family advocacy groups
Experience in integration of psychosocial and biomedical aspects of treatment
Eligibility or certification by the ABPN in Addictions Psychiatry, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, and /or Geriatric Psychiatry
Master's in Health Administration, Public Health or Medical Management
Understanding of health care reform initiatives, the federal Affordable Care Act, and Washington state initiatives related to the implementation of the ACA
Familiarity and understanding of the role, function and oversight of the Washington State Health Care Authority, Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery and Department of Health
Internal Number: 13790
About King County Dept of Community and Human Services
The King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) manages a range of programs and services to help our county's most vulnerable residents while working to strengthen our communities.
We believe in working as one team that solves problems—striving to be customer-focused and drive for the best results. We envision a welcoming community that is racially just because the field of human services exists to undo and mitigate unfair structures. We seek to lead the way by working as respectful and responsible stewards for our community.
DCHS has five divisions (Adult Services, Behavioral Health and Recovery, Children, Youth and Young Adults, Developmental Disabilities and Early Childhood Supports and Housing, Homelessness and Community Development) in the department that help offer much-needed resources for our residents. For most work, we contract with our trusted network of community-based agencies to provide direct services.