Job Description

The physician assistant or nurse practitioner will assume medical responsibilities for all medical treatments of Saginaw Psychological Services’ clients and will work in tandem with the multidisciplinary team under a licensed physician. It is the responsibility of the psychologist to provide assessments of each client to determine the most effective treatment plan. The physician assistant or nurse practitioner works in the agency’s mental health counseling center and may have a caseload of clients with varying diagnosis which none will be discriminated against.

  1. Contributes to physician’s effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range patient care issues that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of action; implementing directives.
  2. Assesses patient health by interviewing patients and studying medical histories.
  3. Determines abnormal conditions by administering or ordering diagnostic tests, such laboratory studies and interpreting test results.
  4. Instructs and counsels patients by describing therapeutic regimens; giving normal growth and development information; discussing family planning; providing counseling on emotional problems of daily living; promoting wellness and health maintenance.
  5. Provides continuity of care by developing and implementing patient management plans.
  6. Maintains safe working environment by complying with procedures, rules, & regulations.
  7. Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  8. Complies with federal, state, and local legal and professional requirements by studying existing and new legislation; anticipating future legislation; enforcing adherence to requirements; advising management on needed actions.
  9. Accurately chart observations on assigned clients using correct charting format and terminology.
  10. Assists in coordinating individual treatment planning including aftercare and recovery support services for each client actively involved in mental health/SUD treatment.
  11. Assists each client receiving mental health/SUD treatment in becoming involved with self-help support groups and developing and maintaining social support networks.
  12. Give appropriate feedback regarding the condition of clients to your supervisor.
  13. Reliable in carrying out assignments conscientiously.
  14. Document progress notes, treatment plans, assessments, evaluations and all other required paperwork in a timely fashion according to policy and procedure.
  15. Maintain your credentials and required trainings to satisfy your licensure and/or insurance.
  16. Other duties as assigned.


  1. Develop a treatment plan, measure progress against the plan, and make adjustments as needed.
  2. Provide crisis intervention as needed.
  3. Attend all mandatory facility in-services and staff development activities as scheduled.
  4. Maintains knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  5. Develops health care team staff by providing information, educational opportunities, and experiential growth opportunities.
  6. Engages and develops trusting relationships to enhance successful mental health/substance abuse outcomes using educational, behavioral, and motivational interventions.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
    • Reliable transportation is required. Local travel throughout service area is required with possible occasional travel between SPSI locations. Some out of service area travel may also be required. Reimbursement in accordance with SPSI policy.
  1. Self-motivated and the ability to handle unforeseen problems. Does not wait to be told what to do, can work independently.
  2. Aptitude in resolving issues and conflicts.
  3. Excellent knowledge and familiarity with current DSM V criteria.
  4. Familiar with using electronic health record, Microsoft, excel, and other applications.


  1. Must possess effective communication skills and act as a representative of SPSI and adhering to its mission, vision, and values. This includes external representation of local agencies.
  2. Speak to clients in a respectful and calming manner, even if clients are agitated. Identify and resolve client conflicts/dissatisfaction issues as needed.
  3. Engages and develops trusting relationships with clients to enhance successful mental health/substance use outcomes.
  4. Continually strives for effective relationships with staff, clients and management.
  5. Expect self and co-workers to maintain the highest standards of professional ethics.
  6. Work as a team member to improve the various services offered by the agency, sharing information about cutting edge practices or identifying gaps and needs in service.
  • A minimum of two years’ post experience in a mental health/substance use setting required. Familiar with assessments, treatment plans, crisis interventions DSM-V and CBT and/or other treatment modalities
  • Master degree from an accredited medical school.
License and/or Certificate
    • Valid driver’s license.
    • Current PA/NP license in the state of Michigan, current DEA registration and current/valid board certification in controlled substance.

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