The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is seeking candidates with strong leadership and administrative skills to fill this vacancy in the Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC). Los Angeles County is one of the largest local jurisdictions in the U.S. and requires innovative and targeted approaches to effectively address substance use disorders (SUD) for its residents.
SAPC has an annual operating budget of over $400 million and over 350 staff. It is responsible for leading and facilitating the delivery of a full spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals using and abusing substances throughout the County. As the administrative entity for the implementation of the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver in 2017, which is a Medicaid waiver program that infused resources into the SUD systems and significantly enhanced quality and access to an expanded continuum of SUD treatment options, SAPC also serves as the County’s specialty managed care plan for publicly funded SUD treatment services. With a network of approximately 150 provider agencies spread out over 400 sites across the County, SAPC plays an integral role in ensuring high quality, evidence-based, and effective substance use prevention and treatment services for the residents of Los Angeles County.
POSITION SUMMARY: The SAPC Medical Director position is a member of the executive leadership team at SAPC and reports to the SAPC Division Director. In this capacity, the SAPC Medical Director will be the lead administrator for the Clinical Services Branch of SAPC, with broad-ranging responsibility overseeing the Quality Improvement and Utilization Management (QI & UM) Unit, the Clinical Standards and Training (CST) Unit, and clinical areas within SAPC’s Prevention Section. The SAPC Medical Director supervises SAPC’s Associate Medical Director for Prevention and Associate Medical Director for Treatment, and has responsibilities overseeing the management of approximately 60 staff at SAPC. Given the scope of responsibility, a successful candidate is a clinical leader with experience with managed care, strengths in personnel management, familiarity with navigating complex administrative processes, the ability to think strategically and critically at various levels (client/agency/system, staff/SAPC/County), and is a strong verbal and written communicator.
KEY RESPONSIBLITIES: Key functions of the SAPC Medical Director position include applying specialized clinical addiction knowledge and skills in the performance of administrative and other duties such as:
- Oversee and direct the work of the QI & UM Unit through the supervision and work of the Associate Medical Director for Treatment responsible for leading this multi-disciplinary team of nurses, psychologists, and social workers who authorize residential levels of care and services, review clinical cases/initial assessments/treatment plans/progress notes, and process complaints/grievances and appeals.
- Oversee and ensure that the QI & UM Unit is in compliance with State and Federal requirements of the DMC-ODS waiver and serves as the clinical liaison between SAPC and its network of providers, as well as the Clinical Services Branch and the rest of SAPC.
- Oversee and direct the work of the CST Unit through the supervision and work of the Chief of the CST Unit responsible for leading this multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, social workers, and staff who are responsible for ensuring that SAPC and its network of provider agencies have the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver high quality and cost-effective SUD care. This includes coordinating trainings for SAPC and its network of SUD provider agencies, among other key activities.
- Oversee and direct the work of clinical prevention through the supervision and work of the Associate Medical Director for Prevention responsible for leading the oversight of SAPC’s syringe exchange programs, clinical support SAPC’s entire prevention portfolio including the community-based prevention provider network and its community resource centers known as Connection Opportunities for Recovery and Engagement (CORE) Centers, media campaigns, and SAPC’s targeted opioid and methamphetamine initiatives, among other priorities.
- Oversee, lead, collaborate with, and support SAPC and the County with special projects, including: responding to requests from the Board of Supervisors and County/external partners; collaborating with County and external partners on care integration and other County priorities; represent SAPC at meetings and presentations, and serving as a subject matter expert on addiction both internally and externally, among other critical projects.
- Advise and assist the SAPC Division Director and staff with routine and one-time assignments, audits, special studies, and critical reviews of policies, procedures, medical records and clinical practices.
- Advise and perform reviews and critical analyses of adverse events, Reportable Incidents, client safety reports, and assess for appropriateness and thoroughness of care provided within the system of care based on departmental policies, clinical care standards, laws and regulations, and recommend methods of achieving compliance and improving client care.
- Assist with providing professional consultation regarding the interpretation of laws, regulations, and standards governing licensing, accreditation, and certification for Medi-Cal, Quality Improvement, Risk Management, and in various acceptable methods of maintaining, improving, or modifying operations.
- Follow established policies and procedures within appropriate scope of practice. Comply with licensing and accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements. Complete other assignments, as assigned.
TO APPLY: Please contact Dr. Gary Tsai at firstname.lastname@example.org, submit a cover letter and resume to the address below, if interested.
DIVISION OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL
1000 South Fremont Ave; Building A-9 East, 3rd Floor, Alhambra, California 91803
Tel: (626) 299-4101 Fax: (626) 458-7637
Internal Number: PH5456A
OPTION I: If assigned to a specialty: Completion of a residency approved by an American Specialty Board in one or more designated specialties or equivalent training -AND- One year of experience in medical practice, post graduate training, teaching or investigative work.
OPTION II: If not assigned to a specialty: One year of experience in medical practice, post-graduate training, teaching or investigative work.
LICENSES: California State Physician and Surgeon's Certificate authorized by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of California.
The required license and/or certificate MUST be current and unrestricted; conditional, provisional, probationary or restricted licenses and/or certificates will NOT be accepted.
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
Managed care experience.
Addiction Medicine or Addiction Psychiatry board certification.
At least two years of experience directly supervising managers and/or staff.
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
Additional Salary Information: Los Angeles County offers its employees a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Starting salary for the position is dependent on qualifications, specialty, and salary history. $208,284.00 - $613,260.00 Annual
Internal Number: PH5456A
About Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is the largest County health department in the United States, and we were recently recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials as 2019 Local Health Department of the Year. With a rich history of protecting and promoting the public's health for over 100 years, we operate with a budget of over $1.3 billion to meet our mission and mandate. We successfully advance health equity through health promotion and disease prevention for all County residents. Our 4,600 employees are engaged in efforts to lead delivery of children’s medical services, chronic and communicable disease control, home visiting, community health services, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, HIV and STD programs, and substance abuse prevention and control.