Correctional Medicine Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Needed in Fresno, CA
Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Job Summary

Occupation Physician Assistant
Specialty Correctional Medicine
Degree Required MPAS/MHS/MMSc/MPH
Position Type Permanent/Full-Time
Work Environment Hospital Clinic/Private Practice
Location Fresno, California, United States
Visa Sponsorship No

Job Description

Last Update: 2/05/23
Here at Wellpath, everything that we do is about taking care of people - our patients, our staff and our partners. We are committed to making a difference by providing hope and healing to vulnerable patients in challenging clinical environments. Our talented, compassionate team thrives in an autonomous environment, is empowered and supported by education, training and the resources to practice healthcare the way it is meant to be and strives to "Always Do The Right Thing!"


Under direct supervision of the Health Services Administrator (HSA)/Program Manager (PM), or higher medical professional, the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will skillfully apply expertise to evaluate and diagnose patients and prescribe psychotropic medications as needed. This includes the provision of a comprehensive treatment plan for patients with complicated mental health conditions in collaboration with the healthcare team and in compliance with all agency, local, state, federal laws and regulations.

Additional Details



  • Completion of a Master's program in nursing (NPs) or an accredited education program for PAs

  • Three (3) years of experience as an NP or PA
  • One (1) year experience providing treatment to adults with various mental health disabilities required
  • Previous correctional/detention facility experience

  • Current (and must maintain) unrestricted license as a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant in state of practice
  • Certification/Specialization in Psychiatric Treatment
  • Current (and must maintain) lifesaving BLS certification through AH
  • Current DEA license and state controlled substance license
  • Current (and must maintain) security clearance

  1. Provide telepsychiatry or on-site psychiatric services including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of those committed persons referred by the medical, clinical services or security staff
  2. Prescribe appropriate psychotropic medications to address mental health issues of the persons served
  3. Assisting in monitoring all psychotropic medication utilization or assisting in coordination of psychotropic medication in a cost-efficient manner
  4. Provision of Multidisciplinary Treatment Plans for all applicable persons served per company and facility expectations
  5. Chart all findings in medical records of persons served providing written summaries of history, diagnosis and treatment course or other documentation requirements as outlined by Company and Facility
  6. Produce timely, accurate, organized, and legible clinical notes of encounters and other relevant reports, logs and required clinical statistics to the PM or Medical Director
  7. When applicable, screen committed persons for placement or possible transfer to outside psychiatric treatment facilities or other community mental health facilities, or providing support to staff to gain access to outside acute care facilities, if a higher-level treatment is needed
  8. Respond to psychiatric emergencies and initiate lifesaving measures to man-down calls, identify medical emergencies, and arrange for transportation to hospital
  9. Refer all 5150 eligible persons served to the County Mental Health and/or Emergency Room for evaluation
  10. Assess for suicide ideation and manage the appropriate risk level
  11. Attend daily sick call, notify current medication consult with nursing staff to continue psychotropic medications, and discuss conditions falling outside protocol perimeters
  12. Triage, respond and communicate mental health complaints from medical and custody staff with Physician, Medical Director or Health Services Administrator or Program Manager any potentially significant medical complaints or observations discovered during routine duties
  13. Maintain patient Confidentiality and HIPPA compliance
  14. Coordinate the activities of his/her shift and communicates with detention staff as needed
  15. Provide on-going crisis intervention
  16. Provide on-call services as needed
  17. Uphold corporate principles of practice including but not limited to: quality of care; cost control without minimizing standard of care; utilization management of medications, supplies, etc.; consistency and continuity of care via comprehensive medical / mental health approach to treatment
  18. Maintain a clean, safe, and secure working environment
  19. Participate in Quality Management Peer Review activities and staff training
  20. May assist in the job shadow portion of the interview process of potential staff
  21. May assist for orientation and training of new employees
  22. Perform other duties as assigned.

Wellpath is an EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability Employer