Psychiatric Physician Assistant

General Summary of Duties: The Psychiatric Physician Assistant is able to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. They provide psychiatric assessments, which include gathering relevant data from the client, team members, family, and outside providers. They are responsive to the various psychiatric needs of the client, which may include outpatient medication management, laboratory testing, clozapine, and long-acting injectable prescribing, court proceedings for involuntary treatment, and acute walk-in availability as appropriate. The physician assistant functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team, which is responsible for implementing the mission, values, and goals of KMHS.

Major Responsibilities/Tasks:
  • The PA performs all duties in accordance with their approved PA Delegation Agreement.
  • Provide new and returning client evaluations for medication management and crisis evaluations.
  • Educate clients and families about behavioral disorders and treatment plans as appropriate for client engagement, compliance, and recovery.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for care management decisions
  • Manage outpatient caseloads of clients and evaluate walk-in and crisis ambulatory clients for recommendations.
  • Document in the electronic medical record clearly and concisely, with adequate detail to justify the diagnosis, treatment, medical necessity, and course of follow-up recommendations.
  • Completes documentation to reflect ongoing implementation of treatment plans in a timely fashion.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of mental illnesses, their developmental progression and associated clinical interventions.
  • Partner with and support the team leaders and help coordinate the treatment team's clinical decisions. This includes contributing to care planning, prioritization of goals, and assessment of progress within the teams.
  • Participate with utilization management/review and understand or be willing to learn the coding guidelines necessary to encounter the clinical services appropriately rendered.
  • Provide care in various medically and situationally appropriate settings, including in-person and via telehealth (audio-visual).
  • Adheres to policy, procedures, and established practices in the medication prescription process.
  • Maintain competence in identified universal, core, and critical competencies, including required CME
  • Perform other duties as requested.
  • Participate in on-call coverage for the 24-hour programs. This coverage typically runs from 5:00 in the evening to 8:00 in the morning on weekdays and on weekends, and occurs on rotation with other providers.
  • In addition to the above, any other responsibilities appropriate to the position, scope of practice, and not explicitly listed in the job description.

KMHS is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against people regardless of age, genetic information, national origin, race/color, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, or veteran status. KMHS envisions an anti-racist, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative community in which all can feel welcome.

  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • Up to 19 days of PTO and 8 paid holidays your first year (pro-rated for part-time)
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative
  • Loan Forgiveness, training, and extensive education available
  • Multiple locations and opportunities close to home
  • Advancement opportunities available within the agency
  • Free Employee Assistance Program and parking


Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: Masters Degree in Physician Assistant Studies

EXPERIENCE: Experienced (minimum of 3 years of job-related experience)

LICENSURE: PA-C active license in Washington. Active and unencumbered DEA license in WA State.

CERTIFICATION: Must have current NCCPA certification (National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants board exam) in Washington.