Medical Director of Addiction Medicine Services

Title:                      Medical Director of Addiction Medicine  



Program Description:


The Medical Director of Addiction Medicine supervises and oversees providers of the OASAS programs, which includes 816, 822, and 820 licensed sites and supports a culture of recovery-orientated services using a harm reduction approach and motivational interviewing techniques. Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Director of Addiction Medicine will collaborate with the Medical Director for Primary Care, the Medical Director for Psychiatric Services, and Program Directors.


The Medical Director of Addiction Medicine will also be instrumental in leading PRI’s clinical services at the Public Health Diversion Center, which provides 24/7 short stay, engagement, stabilization and treatment services for adults with mental health and/or substance use issues referred directly by NYPD as an alternative to the traditional police responses of arrest, summons, or transport to an emergency room. Their infractions are non-violent, low level offenses including loitering, trespass, public inebriation, and disorderly conduct. Our goal is to help participants begin to identify and modify the behaviors that result in repeated police contact. There will be an OASAS licensed outpatient clinic on site that will provide services to participants who are eligible.  The average length of stay is 5 days.  


Overall Responsibilities:


The Medical Director of Addiction Medicine provides consultation and supervision to on-site medical staff, prescribes medication as needed, and participates in quality assurance and utilization review activities. The Medical Director of Addiction Medicine will be responsible for the examination, diagnosis and the treatment of patients within the scope of the Health Center. The schedule for this role will be three days of clinical time and two days of protected administrative time.


It is required that the Medical Director of Addiction Medicine is Board Certified in addiction medicine; has at least one year of education, training and/or experience in substance use disorder services; and a DATA 2000 waiver



Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential duties include but are not limited to the following activities:


·         Ambulatory detox with transition to maintenance treatment  preferred.

·         Offers consumers a wide range of medication-assisted treatment

·         As medical director of the OASAS 822 clinic, sign off on toxicology screens and medical charts

·         Provides medical diagnoses, treatment and recommendations to consumers in accordance with New York State regulations and the scope of training of the clinician

·         Responsible for consulting with the appropriate medical specialists, when deemed necessary according to the Health Center protocol

·         Prescribes and/or dispenses required medication to patients

·         Provides medical supervision to medical staff

·         Directs, organizes and participates in preventive health programs

·         Participates in the development and implementation of quality assurance management and utilization review

·         Participates in community outreach programs

·         Contributes to the overall functioning of the department

·         Maintains patient records in accordance with the policies of the department

·         Maintains all New York State and federal licensing requirements as current according with the department’s credentialing policy

·         Maintains current certification in Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support

·         Performs related work as required

·         Completes 30 annual Continuing Medical Education credits

·         Participates in Departmental meetings and conferences



·         Directly supervises, or delegates supervision, to the providers and necessary supervision to nursing staff within the OASAS clinic settings as well as the other practice locations as needed

·         Ensures the availability of adequate staffing to provide clinical care throughout the system, and to meet the regulatory requirements of individual programs

·         Assists with recruitment

·         In collaboration with Healthcare Department leadership and Human Resources department, ensures the appropriate performance review of all providers in the OASAS clinic settings

·         In collaboration with Human Resources, develops and maintains job descriptions for all providers in the OASAS clinics

·         Provides for ongoing staff development and in-service training


Quality Assurance

·         Assures the quality of treatment and related services provided by the Agency's professional staff, though participation (directly or by designee) in the Agency's ongoing quality assurance and audit processes

·         Develops policies and procedures for addiction medicine services in each program and as needed

·         Ensures that addiction medicine services practice meets regulatory standards of each program

·         Ensures that addiction medicine services care is appropriately documented in the medical record

·         Participates in development of electronic record to ensure that clinical material is appropriately documented and privacy maintained

·         Collaborates with to develop agency-wide clinical policies and procedures.

·         Participates in agency-wide Quality Assurance processes, including Incident Review meetings and Grievance Committee

·         Collaborates with senior management and clinical staff in the Agency’s development of a clinically relevant outcome evaluation process


Program Development

·         Collaborates with senior management and clinical staff to identify, initiate and pursue program development




·         Provides liaison to regulatory agencies, academic institutions, and to other medical/service agencies when appropriate


Education Credentials/Requirements

·         M.D or DO Board Eligible/Board Certified in Addiction Medicine

·         Licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York

·         Experience with ambulatory detox programs

·         Experience with MAT and has a waiver to prescribe Suboxone



Addiction medicine experience, with a waiver to prescribe suboxone and harm-reduction evidence based care model preferred


Significant community based medical experience, work with homeless population preferred


Preferred skills:

Communication:              Must have excellent oral, writing and listening skills

Organizational skills:      The ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and create and coordinate schedules 

Interpersonal skills:        Must have the ability to interface with participants as well as all levels of staff

Computer skills:               Must have experience with electronic health records and knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially WORD and EXCEL

To apply: E-mail resume and cover letter indicating position and salary requirements to: