The Medical Specialist 3 will act as the Associate Chief of Addiction Medicine in the Office of the Chief of Medical Services, serving as a direct liaison with program staff to oversee all aspects of medical care within the OASAS Addiction Treatment Centers (ATCs) and OASAS certified providers. This position will be dedicated to the medical oversight of OASAS ATCs and OASAS certified providers.
The direction provided by the Associate Chief of Addiction Medicine impacts the twelve ATCs operated by OASAS and over 900 treatment programs operated by OASAS certified providers. In relation to the OASAS ATCs, the incumbent provides administrative oversight and clinical supervision to medical staff, develops medical policies and protocols, and establishes medical standards of care.
In relation to the broader addictions treatment community, the incumbent assists the Chief of Medical Services in policy, systems change, and quality improvement initiatives, develops medical assessment and care protocols, and guides best practices and training projects. Travel is required.
• Supervision and overall administration of the medical services offered at the twelve (12) OASAS-operated Addictions Treatment Centers. This includes: the administrative oversight and clinical supervision of medical staff; the development of medical policies and protocols, and the establishment of medical standards of care for the ATC system.
• Develops technical assistance material for OASAS providers and their clients, focusing on the impact of Addiction Medicine on special populations (women, adolescents, elderly, the immunocompromised, etc.) and the implementation of Addiction Medicine within the OASAS-licensed levels of care.
• Consultation with the Bureau of Professional Development on standardized training programs for clinicians on the incorporation of addiction medicine. Act as the liaison between the Bureau of Professional Development and the Professional Development sections of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to ensure that OASAS training programs are consistent with Federal direction.
• Review medical standards of care established by applicants for OASAS licensure, including medical care protocols. Ensure that the protocols developed by applicants for OASAS licensure are consistent with established practice and that providers are offered technical assistance as needed.
• Assist the Chief of Medical Services in engaging and liaising with other New York State agencies, managed care plans, provider trade organizations, etc. on training/technical assistance and quality improvement initiatives.
• Possesses and maintains the most current knowledge and skills in the field of Addiction Medicine and is familiar with current issues such as hepatitis and HIV, other infectious diseases, medically supervised withdrawal, and medication for addiction treatment.
• Maintains medical knowledge as it relates to special populations served, such as women, adolescents, elderly, and the immunocompromised.