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Behavioral and mental health (BMH) is increasingly becoming one of the most pressing pediatric health issues in the U.S. At least one in five children and adolescents in the U.S. has a behavioral or mental health condition. Left untreated, these conditions limit a child's potential, and may even lead to death by suicide.
Recognizing the magnitude of this challenge, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has initiated an historic commitment to the behavioral and mental health of children throughout its health system. Alongside our community, Children's has developed a plan to support the mental health and development of the population of 1.5 million children in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The plan is about thinking big, starting small but moving quickly--all while scaling successful ideas and leveraging community partnerships to maximize impact.
Through the implementation of the comprehensive evidence base of clinical mental health care of children, the overarching goal is to reduce the rates of impairing psychiatric conditions of childhood, offset substance use and suicide risk among children and adolescents, and increase the proportion of children whose lives are characterized by resilience and wellbeing.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (Children's) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory are seeking a corps of 4 junior faculty child and adolescent psychiatrists to augment our existing multidisciplinary team of clinicians dedicated to behavioral and mental health, currently numbering over 100 professionals. The psychiatrists will lead and participate in care delivered by trans disciplinary teams including psychologists, social work care coordinators, therapists, behavior analysts, and other medical specialists. Children's is committed to deliver care equitably, regardless of payor source. New clinical programs associated with these positions are endowed in order to subsidize necessary costs of delivering and sustaining the highest-quality care.
- The Behavioral and Mental Health services for which the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist will be responsible include outpatient (in-person and/or telehealth) psychiatric evaluation, intervention planning, and the delivery of evidence-based components of child mental health care, with opportunities to allocate portions of effort to any one of a number of existing specialized services such as inpatient consultation, emergency psychiatry, substance use disorders treatment or two-generation psychiatric care.
- The range of patient conditions we intend to cover with high priority include, but are not limited to:
- Recovery of adolescents in crisis
- Evaluation and comprehensive treatment of young children with early psychiatric syndromes
- Referral populations that will benefit from implementation of evidence based, cross disciplinary treatment approaches
- Patients at risk for enduring mental health conditions across the wide spectrum of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, serious persistent mental illness, post-traumatic stress, and specialized mental health needs of LGBTQ youth and youth in foster care
- Our clinical environment currently features an experienced group of mid-career child and adolescent psychiatrists, as well as unlimited opportunity to collaborate with clinician scientistsin the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, in its Division of Child and Adolescent psychiatry, as well as those in the Department of Pediatrics.
- The academic home for these faculty positions will be Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
- Clinical responsibilities for 47 weeks/year.
- Clinical Outpatient: a minimum of 4 days per week and 1 day of indirect patient care or program development and/or academic activities.
- Once a month participation in weekend call from home, consisting of occasional telehealth responsibility and clinical guidance to on call Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.
- Clinical care includes evaluation and comprehensive intervention planning, oversight of case management for patients, leadership of clinical teams, and supervision of trainees.
- Clinics to be held at outpatient sites of the Behavioral and Mental Health Division and related facilities of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
- Participation in a model of care that is organized according to the needs of children and families, and is seamlessly coordinated with internal and community-based professionals comprising the relevant constellation of services across the specialties of psychiatry, psychology social work and other disciplines. A standard of every aspect of clinical service expansion is that care will be delivered equitably (representative of the population and without regard to payor source) to the children of metropolitan Atlanta and by extension, the state of Georgia.
- Participation in Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Children's Care Network Activities (e.g. quality forum, QI initiatives) that are required for quality assurance and to remain a member in good standing.
- Demonstrate a pattern of excellence in clinical care.
- Education of pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, and students in child and adolescent psychiatry, psychology, medicine and other health-related professions during usual conduct of care.
- Participation at team conferences and meetings
About Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
The mission of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow. Across three hospitals, 19 neighborhood locations and 13 telemedicine sites, we manage more than 1.2 million patient visits each year from 444,000 unique patients. More than 2,000 pediatric physicians provide care across 60 specialties with support from 11,000 staff and 10,000 volunteers. In addition to fulfilling our role as the community's trusted source for pediatric healthcare, we conduct groundbreaking research to discover new cures and train and attract some of the best pediatric physicians in the world.
Our dedication to caring for our community's children has garnered national recognition and secured our reputation as one of the best pediatric healthcare systems in the United States. We are ranked as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, have earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by upholding national standards for healthcare quality and safety, and have achieved Magnet(r) recognition for our dedication to nursing excellence.
Employment will be in the Emory + Children's Pediatric Institute. The Emory + Children's Pediatric Institute is an affiliation between Emory University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta that is improving the lives of children in Georgia and beyond. The Pediatric Institute combines the unique strengths and resources of each institution in support of our three-part academic missions of providing outstanding clinical care, conducting innovative basic science discovery and clinical research, and coordinating exceptional education of the future healthcare workforce. Our physicians, researchers, and educators have created a model where leadership, commitment and quality are fundamental components of success. Together, we are transforming pediatrics by achieving new levels of clinical excellence--driven by research, teaching and wellness. We look forward to our future together.We demonstrate our commitment to a culture of equity, inclusion, and diversity by hiring physicians that reflect and celebrate the diversity of people and cultures. We practice in an environment with patients at the center and deliver culturally responsive and compassionate care to our member populations.
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