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DIRECTOR FOR OUTPATIENT SERVICES
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for program planning and policy development for the Outpatient Services Division of the Department of Children and Family Services. The program is comprised of clinical treatment and community education services designed for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents and their families. The position requires interaction with departmental employees, state and local government employees, psychiatrists, program directors, parent partners, children and their families, community agencies, billing staff, fiscal staff, State Office of Mental Health and the general public. The position exercises functional and direct supervision over related department staff. The work is completed under general supervision of the Deputy Commissioner of Children and Family Services. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Ensures division remains in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards.
Exercises direct and/or clinical supervision over a large number of multi-disciplinary and clerical staff.
Coordinates revenues and expenditures with the business office to ensure maximum revenue.
Ensures that the division remains in compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulation and standards.
Monitors all spending by the division relating to travel, supplies, equipment and contractual services.
Maintains liaison with local agencies concerned with children to identify children who need outpatient services.
Is responsible for interviewing and hiring of employees, staff development, and supervision and/or disciplinary action of subordinate staff.
Develops and provides in-service training for agency personnel.
Advises the Deputy Commissioner on the management of the clinic and its programs.
Reviews proposed State Office of Mental Health Outpatient regulations and makes recommendations regarding these regulations.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of the origin and dynamics of early childhood development and of current methods and techniques for diagnosing and treating emotionally disturbed children and their families.
Through knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in the treatment and care of
children’s mental health and emotional stability.
Thorough knowledge of advanced professional techniques related to the treatment and care of children’s mental health and emotional stability.
Thorough knowledge of local and state laws, procedures, and policies as they relate to the mission of the department.
Thorough knowledge of the practices and principles of planning and administration.
Good knowledge of the practices and principles of supervision.
Good knowledge of program planning and evaluation.
Good knowledge of various types of mental health and special education services for emotionally disturbed children.
Ability to prepare and analyze budgetary information.
Ability to express oneself clearly orally and in writing.
Possession of license and current registration as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) issued by the New York State Department of Education in accordance with Article 154 of New York State Education Law (a copy of registration certificate must be submitted with the application), and either:
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of
Regents to grant degrees with a master's degree in social work and five (5) years of professional level, post master's degree work experience in psychiatric social work or a closely related field, one (1) year of which must have been in a clinical setting*, and two (2) years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity (supervision of subordinate staff); or,
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology and two (2) years of professional level, post doctorate experience in clinical psychology, one (1) year of which must have been in a clinical setting*, and one (1) year of which must have been in a supervisory capacity (supervision of subordinate staff).
Clinical setting is defined by (a) any setting licensed by the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene for outpatient, inpatient, or day treatment services; or, (b) working under the supervision of a certified psychiatric social worker, or a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist; or, (c) individual practicing privately in the area of psychiatry or clinical psychology, or psychiatric social work.