Chief Medical Officer of Mental Health

Chief Medical Officer of Mental Health

Job Code: CMO - 144
Revision Date: September 2, 2022

Salary Range:
$92.19 - $150.81 Hourly
$7,375.20 - $12,064.80 Biweekly
$191,753.00 - $313,689.00 Annually

FLSA: Exempt


We are an agency committed to innovative behavioral health services in trauma-informed care that promote healing and recovery to instill a sense of empowerment and foster a lifelong sense of resilience.

General Description

The purpose of this job is to provide direct mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities treatment. Manages licensed clinical services provided throughout Emergence Health Network (EHN), as they relate to Mental Health care; and is responsible for effective and efficient leadership of provider performance.  This position is accountable to the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) for developing and implementing EHN mental health and intellectual developmental disabilities services strategies and, in conjunction with division chiefs, establishing and implementing strategies and performance standards, monitoring and applying continuous improvement processes to achieve expected high-quality medical outcomes while appropriately managing compliance and risk.  This position also provides high level oversight for all waivers, grants and collaborative efforts and maintains relationships with other academic and community-based organizations on a local, state and national level.

This class formulates long-range goals for the organization, develop policy and position papers and negotiates with the chief executive officer and/or elected officials.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.

  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
  • Coordinates, assigns and reviews work and establishes work schedules; maintains standards; monitors status of work in progress; inspects completed work assignments; answers questions; gives advice and direction as needed.
  • Maintains active role as advisor to CEO with regards to division activities to ensure constant flow of information for strategic planning and/or growth opportunities.
  • Provides system-wide medical services planning, effective direction to and leadership of all Mental Health Services medical providers, effective financial management and development of medical services strategy and goals, accurate and timely reporting of goals and performance to CEO.
  • Ensures medical practice risk is effectively managed; 
    • Directs individual and center-wide provider selection, placement and professional development; monitors, mentors and appropriately manages provider performance.
    • Provides appropriate mental health and Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) guidance to nursing services; coordinates psychiatric and physician residency programs with educational institutions; designs and oversee tele-health strategy and implementation
    • Provides system-wide medical oversight and consultation for collaborative projects with other agencies and special projects as applicable.
    • Maintains leadership role in local, state and national organizations to further the goals to improve individual and population outcomes, improve patient experience and reduce cost of care.
    • Provides direct patient care on a scheduled basis as applicable and appropriate
    • Shares innovative programs and outcomes with regional and national audiences via papers, reports, presentations and news media channels.
    • Participates in the activities of quality assurance; pharmacy, infection control and safety programs; oversees medical care committees.
  • Creates a high-quality work culture through participation in, and emphasis on training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in self and all employees, including safety related training and skills.
  • Provides support to all team members.
  • Employee shall maintain compliance with all Joint Commission training requirements relevant to job duties, including but not limited to those dealing with use of restraints and physical holding of individuals receiving services.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Requires graduation from an accredited Medical School and hold a Doctorate in Medicine or Osteopathy with a Residency Training Program in psychiatry with an unrestricted license to proactive medicine in the State of Texas supplemented by nine (9) years of progressive clinical practice in a Mental Health system of which five (3) years must be in a leadership role over medical operations; or possession of any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Experience with trauma-informed services; cognitive behavioral therapies, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); and motivational therapies including the use of incentives, preferred.

Required Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of trauma-informed theories, principals, and practices (includes multi-faceted understanding of concepts such as community trauma, intergenerational and historical trauma, parallel processes, and universal precautions), preferred.

Physical Demands

Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

  • Involves routine and frequent exposure to:
    • Bright/dim light; Dusts and pollen.
    • Extreme noise levels.
    • Toxic/caustic chemicals; Explosives; Violence.
    • Other hazards not listed above.

Special Certifications and Licenses

  • Must possess and maintain Texas Medical Board Full Medical License.
  • Requires Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) number, Department of Public Safety (DPS) number and National Provided Identifier (NPI) number.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state Driver's License with an acceptable driving record.
  • Must be able to pass a Tuberculosis (TB) test, criminal background and drug screen.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance (ADA)

Emergence Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  ADA requires Emergence Health Network to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Other Job Characteristics

  • Staffing requirements, including criteria that staff have diverse disciplinary backgrounds, have necessary State required license and accreditation, and are culturally and linguistically trained to serve the needs of the clinic's patient population.
  • Credentialed, certified, and licensed professionals with adequate training in person-centered, family centered, trauma informed, culturally-competent and recovery-oriented care.

Note: This Class Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Emergence Health Network and an employee and is subject to change by the Emergence Health Network as its needs change.