Job Location: Houston, TX
Company Name: STG International
Date Posted: 2019-06-01
Valid Through: 2019-06-29
Employment Type: Full_Time
Job ID: 45318
STG International is seeking qualified candidates for the Psychiatrist position to work full-time providing health care to detainees in custody in support of ICE Health Service Corps at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Medical Facility. STG International is in an active bidding process for this position which is contingent upon STG International, Inc. being awarded the contract.
The ICE Health Services Corps (IHSC) exists within the organizational structure of the United
States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations
(ERO) under the supervision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The United States
Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps Officers, civil service staff and contractors
comprise the healthcare professionals working together to provide quality healthcare services.
IHSC serves as the medical experts for ICE for detainee health care.
IHSC’s mission is to provide medical care to maintain the health of individuals in the custody of
ICE through an integrated health care delivery system, based on nationally recognized
correctional, detention and residential health care standards. The Agency is committed to
providing healthcare services to protect the nation’s health, reduce global disease and provide
medical support for the law enforcement mission of the safe apprehension, enforcement and
removal of detained individuals involved in immigration proceedings. IHSC is committed to
ensuring a system of care that is ethical, responsible, and accountable through rigorous
surveillance and monitoring activities.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provides direct care to patients within discipline Scope of Practice and performs functions in
accordance with current accepted practice, licensure, certification, credentialing and or granted
2. Provides treatment of persons throughout the life span as appropriate to discipline and
3. May be expected to respond to and or coordinate response to medical emergencies.
4. Prescribes and monitors psychiatric medication treatment services including monitoring the
side effects of medication and/or adverse reactions.
5. Offers comprehensive psycho-educational information with each medication/somatic
treatment regarding the patient’s mental illness, emotional disturbance or behavior disorder,
treatment goals, potential benefits and the risk of treatment, self-monitoring aids, and identifies
support groups for therapeutic assistance.
6. Utilizes the evidence-based algorithms for decision-making regarding patient assessment and
7. Utilizes Assessment of Involuntary Movement Scale (AIMS) is used if identified treatment
carries the risk of inducing a movement disorder.
8. Adheres to medical standards in accordance with IHSC policies, American Psychiatric
Association standards, and legal requirements.
9. Determines the need for core treatment and specialty services for identified patients in a full
range of psychiatric problems.
10. Performs various diagnostic and treatment procedures, including cognitive and behavioral
psychotherapy, supportive individual and group psychotherapy, somatic therapies (including the
use of traditional and atypical drugs).
11. Provides professional, recovery based psychiatric care considerate of cultural and ethnic
diversity and focuses on empowering individuals to change their own lives.
12. Assures patients are treated with dignity and are consulted when evaluating and/or revising
treatment and services.
13. Utilizes evidence-based practices to promote recovery, reduces stigma and unconditionally
enhance the quality of life.
14. Assures a positive therapeutic milieu exists during treatment and emphasizes recovery goals.
15. Participates in comprehensive performance improvement and utilization management plans
• Quality and appropriateness of services,
• Evaluation of patient-based functions,
• Decreasing the escalation of healthcare costs, and
• Improvement in patient outcomes.
16. Prepares or oversees the preparation of documentation, testimony, and written orders needed
for care, treatment, medical records, legal actions, referrals, performance development,
credentials/privileges, and administrative requirements.
17. Provides expert guidance to the Director and other staff in all matters pertaining to mental
health treatment (modalities and medications), and mental health programs both domestic and
18. Analyzes public health care trends, in the mental health area, of related special population
groups and assists in developing and implementing policies and guidelines to improve mental
health services of such groups.
19. Assumes responsibility for the non-psychiatric medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment
of patients for whom she or he is responsible in the absence of non-psychiatric physicians in
emergency situations and within incumbent’s competency and scope of practice.
20. Provides clinical supervision to mental health staff.
21. Spends at least 60% of time in direct patient care to meet the performance targets set by the
22. Provides specialized medical services to “outpatients” and provides medical care to
inpatients in facilities with a short stay unit. Specific duties involve all aspects of health care
delivery. The incumbent will work in concert with both facility staff and consultant specialists in
various clinical areas.
23. Acts as a mental health consultant to medial staff, providing oversight and direction related
to the provision of mental health care.
24. Examines and orders appropriate diagnostic testing and provides necessary treatment and/or
medications as required. Refers selected cases to consultant specialists when necessary. Refers
residents requiring hospitalization to a community hospital and to an appropriate admitting
25. Ensures that proper evaluations and treatments are carried out and documented. Incumbent
shall constantly monitor and evaluate the quality of patient care, providing data to the
departmental Performance Improvement program, and other agencies or committees as required.
26. May be required to see patients who are not in the category of his/her expertise but within his
or her scope of practice.
27. Assures proper maintenance of medical records, preparation of reports, etc., as related to the
area of responsibility. Makes recommendations on matters of policy, procedures, training,
personnel, and equipment as related to specific area of responsibility.
28. Performs record keeping functions in accordance with program policies and position.
29. Maintains functional proficiency and ease of use utilizing electronic health records as
required by, and appropriate to, position.
30. Completes and passes all discipline specific competencies testing, initially and annually.
31. Completes all initial, annual and ad hoc training as required/assigned.
32. Maintains patient confidentiality, and confidentiality of medical records, in compliance with
the Privacy Act and HIPAA regulations in all work activities.
33. Adheres to, and maintains awareness of, IHSC Policies, Procedures, Directives, Operational
Memoranda and accreditation standards as prescribed by ICE/IHSC.
34. Adheres to, and participates in, IHSC’s Safety, Prevention, Infection and Control, Quality
Improvement, Patient Education and other programs and collateral duties as appropriate to
35. Attends and participates in general/medical staff meetings.
36. Other duties as assigned.
DUTY HOURS/ON-CALL REQUIREMENTS:
IHSC operates 365/24/7 you may be required to respond telephonically during emergency call
back roster activation.
1. This full time position is required to provide rotational on-call coverage and may need to
return to the facility during non-core hours to provide care.
1. The Department of Homeland Security’s Personnel Security Unit (PSU) must render a
Preliminary Favorable Fitness Determination to be considered a qualified candidate.
2. A Complete Favorable Fitness Determination must be rendered by PSU upon completion of
initial and subsequent background investigations to meet the requirements of this position.
1. Required to walk unaided at a normal pace for up to 10 minutes and maintain balance.
2. Required to respond to any medical emergency within 4 minutes, where a fast walk or jog
may be necessary to provide assistance.
3. Required to perform CPR/emergency care standing or kneeling.
4. Must have the ability to assist sick, injured or aging detainees or staff exiting the building
during an emergency (may require lifting, dragging, wheeling or carrying someone who weighs
significantly more than self).
5. Must be able to see, hear and smell with or without the use of aides if necessary
(exceptions on a case by case basis).
6. Must easily alternate between kneeling and standing.
7. Must be able to lift, push, or carry 30 pounds.
8. Must perform the duties in a stressful and often austere environment without physical
9. Must be capable of standing on hard services (cement floors) for long periods of time.
This is a contract position and supervisory controls will be set forth by the contract vendor.
Technical oversight will be provided by the Government Technical Monitor (GTM).
ATTRIBUTES AND PROFESSIONAL QUALITIES:
1. Strong oral and written communication skills.
2. Excellent interpersonal skills.
3. Critical thinking skills
4. Cultural competency.
5. Integrity and honesty.
6. Verbal and written proficiency in Spanish (preferred, not required).
7. Experience in a detention/correctional or residential healthcare setting (preferred, not
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Degree issuing institution and or program must be accredited by an entity recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education
1. Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from a school in the United States or;
2. Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school that provided
education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to accredited schools in the United
States as established by:
a. The National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation
b. Permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical
1. Permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine independently in the state in
which the duty station is located. The license must be maintained in a permanent, full, and
unrestricted status during the term of employment. Any changes to license must be reported to
2. Board Certification by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN). Or,
3. Board Certification by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN).
within 18 months of hiring.
4. Any candidate who is not board certified at the time of hiring must be presented to the IHSC
Medical Director for concurrence.
• Effective January 1, 2012, ABPN will require a physician to become Board certified
within seven years following successful completion of ACGME-accredited or ABPN approved
residency training in their primary specialty or ACGME-accredited subspecialty.
• Graduates can take the ABPN Certification Examination as many times as allowed during
the seven-year period.
• Individuals who have completed an accredited residency program prior to January 1,
2012 will have until January 1, 2019 to become board certified.
• Individuals who do not become certified during the seven-year period (or before January
1, 2019 for those who completed residency training before January 1, 2012) will be required to
(1) repeat the required clinical skills evaluations; and (2) complete one stage of MOC (90 CME
credits, 24 self-assessment CME credits, and one PIP Unit that includes a clinical and feedback
module) in order to be credentialed to take the ABPN Certification Examination.
5. This position requires privileging by IHSC.
6. Maintains BLS for Healthcare Providers® certification through the American Heart
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
1. Knowledge of the indications and contraindications, complications and techniques in the
various psychiatric treatment and diagnostic modalities.
2. Ability and proficiency to properly use equipment, materials and supplies in simple
diagnostic and treatment procedures.
3. Teaching experience acknowledging a level of expertise and capacity for developing and
accessing clinical educational programs.
4. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment.
5. Ability to utilize telephonic interpreter/translation services to complete assigned duties if not
fluent in a language the patient understands.
6. Ability to adapt to sudden changes in schedules and flexibility in work requirements.
7. Ability to communicate proficiently in English (verbal and written) in order to develop
positive rapport with patients, co-workers and other stakeholders.
8. Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships in a multidisciplinary
9. Ability to navigate in an electronic work environment including electronic health records,
web based training and communications.
10. Knowledge of, and moderate proficiency in, common Microsoft Office programs,
specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and SharePoint.
11. Knowledge of regulations (HIPAA/Privacy Act) regarding the confidentiality of patient
medical records and information as well as Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
STG International, Inc (STGi) is a workforce solutions company providing comprehensive healthcare delivery, Head Start and management consulting services and human capital solutions help our clients. Our services and solutions help our clients sustain and enhance their operations to better accomplish their mission.
STGi offers a competitive benefits package which includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with company match and a generous PTO policy.
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