What is the Role of the Psychiatrist?

The psychiatrist in Public and Community BH systems can vary depending on the needs of the community and the organization.

  • Direct care provider- doing evaluations, psychoapharm and targeted therapy
  • Supervisor of behavioral health staff- to oversee and advise direct reports from SW, PhDs, NPs, other clinical staff
  • Consultant to other non-psychiatric MDs
  • Medical Director of a program or division
  • Chief Medical Officer
  • Boundary Spanner- communication and collaboration across different systems of care