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Psychiatrist - Corrections Physician Specialist

Oregon State Penitentiary - Salem, Oregon

Oregon Department of Corrections

The Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) seeks to employ career-oriented candidates and offers employment opportunities in a wide variety of challenging occupations. ODOC’s mission is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior.

What you will be doing

Our psychiatrist is a physician specialist responsible for psychiatric assessment and psychotropic medication management as clinically indicated to mentally ill offenders within the department. This includes coordination of care with QMHPs, nurse practitioners, and other physicians, as well as referral of offenders to programs and services as appropriate. Treatment is to be provided in a manner consistent with accepted medical practices, Oregon Department of Corrections rules, federal and state laws, state medical licensing rules, and NCCHC guidelines.

Psychiatrists operate under the clinical supervision of the Chief Psychiatrist and the administrative supervision of the institution Behavioral Health Services manager. They practice within the guidelines of the Oregon Medical Board.


Performs psychiatric assessments through direct observation, interviews, review of prior records, laboratory and imaging results, and medical history. Gathers collateral information from prior and current providers and consults with QMHPs and other prescribers to clarify mental health diagnoses and acuity.

Treatment Services

Provides direct psychiatric services to an identified population of mentally ill offenders. Services include assessing the need for and prescribing appropriate psychotropic medication as well as management of side effects and other adverse reactions. Prescribes medications utilizing the ODOC formulary and seeks prior approval for the use of nonformulary medication. Orders and reviews appropriate laboratory and imaging studies. Schedules patient follow ups in a timely fashion and in accordance with established BHS policy.

Operates as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, seeking relevant input from team members in a proactive fashion. Seeks consultation from other prescribers and the Chief Psychiatrist as indicated.

Provides consultation services to general medical providers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and QMHPs.


Completes clinical documentation in a timely manner using standard SOAP format and ensures documentation is filed appropriately in the medical record. Ensures informed consent forms for all medications prescribed are completed and signed and placed in the medical record. Responds to offender communication forms and grievances according to ODOC policies and procedures. Completes Provider Service Records timely and accurately, chronicling diagnosis and acuity.

Release Planning

Helps to ensure medication continuity is achieved by monitoring release dates for patients on their caseload, coordinating with medical services personnel, and providing timely prescriptions for release medications. Completes referrals to community providers as indicated.

Other Duties

Prepares reports and testifies as an expert witness or witness of fact when appropriate. Refer patients as indicated for medical evaluation and/or treatment that is outside their scope of clinical practice. Maintain required levels of continuing medical education and documentation of same.

Minimum Qualifications

Psychiatrists shall hold a valid medical degree (M.D. or D.O.), have completed an approved psychiatric residency, be board-eligible or board-certified in general adult psychiatry, and be licensed to practice medicine without restrictions within the state of Oregon. Additionally, they shall maintain a valid individual federal DEA certification and an up to date CPR certification.

General Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat mental disorders, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties, drug interactions, and preventive health care measures.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of medicine.  
  • Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, and pharmacology.
  • Knowledge of human behavior and growth.
  • Knowledge of community resources for patient referral.

Requested Skills

  • Skill in treating affective illness and distress, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use/abuse, persistent mental illness, and survivors of sexual assault.
  • Skill in therapeutic treatments, use of examination instruments, and administration of medications with an emphasis on psychotropic medications.
  • Skill in psychiatric assessment, including mental status examinations, laboratory tests, and other diagnostic procedures, analysis of data, and problem identification.
  • Skill in developing and modifying treatment plans, including further diagnostic studies, therapy, patient education, and identification of parameters for follow-up.
  • Skill in critical thinking, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Skill working with aggressive, abusive or combative patients.
  • Skill in communicating orally and in writing with a variety of individuals ranging from health care professionals to laypersons.


A current unrestricted license to practice medicine issued by the Oregon Medical Board and a valid individual DEA certification. Must be legally eligible to work in the US.


Only the candidates whose experience most closely matches the qualifications, general knowledge, requested skills, and requirements of this position will be invited to an interview.


Working Conditions

The work is conducted in an adult male and/or female prison. Offenders may become physically and verbally abusive and assaults and disturbances may occur. Training in, and knowledge of crisis intervention techniques, emergency procedures, and defensive measures is essential. Contact with offenders during treatment, consultation, or supervision may take place with the psychiatrist out of visual range of security staff. Vigilance and awareness are required to maintain a non-threatening environment to prevent aggressive or high anxiety offender behavior. May have exposure to chemicals, communicable diseases, radiation, and other hazards inherent within a health care and correctional setting.

Requirements for Employment

Successful candidates for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following convictions are likely to result in being disqualified for this position: felony convictions, computer theft, identify theft and fraud. CJIS clearance is done at the conditional job offer.

The Selection Process – We expect to

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications, knowledge, and skills.
  • Consideration of top candidates - Recruitment will review and refer the top candidates to the hiring manager.
  • There will be interviews and/or testing to determine the best candidates for a position.
  • Background check and reference checks - All finalists must pass a thorough a criminal records check and reference check.


The salary range listed above is for non-PERS qualifying applicants. PERS qualifying applicants may be eligible for an adjusted range. The State of Oregon provides a generous benefit package, which includes family health and dental insurance, optional short and long-term disability and term life insurance – all of which can be tailored to individual needs. Also provided are fully paid retirement program, modest life insurance policy, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. Position is eligible for Police & Fire (P&F) benefits through Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), as defined by statute due to responsibilities of the custody, supervision, and control of offenders in a penal setting.

Additional Information

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is embedded in the Department of Corrections core values. The department strives to be a model employer committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ensuring legal compliance, efficiency, and exceeding expectations to deliver the best public services.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference.

ODOC is responsible for complying with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA 42 U.S.C. 1997). PREA prohibits the Oregon Department of Corrections from hiring, promoting, or contracting with anyone (that will have direct contact with residents) who has engaged in, been convicted of, or been civilly or administratively adjudicated for engaging in sexual abuse in confinement settings. For more information regarding PREA please visit: United States Department of Justice.

Veterans’ Preference

Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility. Please note – if you checked you are a veteran, you will be asked to upload your documents later in the application process, after you have applied.

Application Reference Number: REQ-10670


If you have questions about the position, please contact the recruiter, Kelli Ketchum. For technical Workday related questions, please contact Workday.

The fine print:

  • Warning! The system will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. You must submit your application after you begin the process – you cannot save your progress and come back to it later.
  • We may also use other factors to help us decide who will move forward, such as your related work experience, education, and overall professionalism of your application materials.
  • Do not attach extra documents. We will only review documents requested in the posting.
  • ODOC does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
  • This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.
  • Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice. The pay and benefits on all announcement may change without notice.

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Published on 07-17-2019