The Department of Mental Health through a statewide network of community mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes provides a complete array of medical and support services for children, adults, and families throughout South Carolina. The State agency’s mission is based on the belief that with the right treatment and support, recovery is possible.
The Division of Inpatient Services (DIS) provides inpatient mental health services to people of all ages, offering counseling, psychiatric assessment, medication management, and other services to those experiencing serious mental illness and significant emotional disorders. DIS operates psychiatric hospitals, an alcohol and drug addiction treatment facility, three nursing care facilities for veterans and one nursing home facility for the general public. DIS has a staff of 1,393 FTEs and a budget of approximately 221 million dollars
Under minimal supervision, the Chief Operations Officer serves as a Medical Director for the specific areas of the Division of Inpatient Services and will directly report to the Deputy Director for Inpatient Services, responsible for the management of state-wide operations; two civil psychiatric hospitals; an alcohol & drug addiction treatment center, ensures accountability for consistent execution of clinical and administrative standards, and fiscal budget planning.
The COO serves as executive sponsor on behalf of the Deputy Director for stakeholder communications and relationships, advising and updating the Deputy Director on the collaboration, status and change within the system, relative to 24/7 daily operations and service quality compliance, planning and budget.
The COO has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the clinical and administrative operations of the aforementioned areas of DIS. In collaboration with the executive leadership team, the COO reviews and/or revises the vision and develops a strategic plan to guide DIS's goals, priorities and activities.
The position oversees the efficient day-to-day operation and productivity of functional areas of DIS and requires an individual with proven leadership skills demonstrating competence in management of programs, resources, and partnerships. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following:
Responsible for the planning and directing of all aspects of psychiatric and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Services, providing support to deploy innovative approaches to the delivery of high quality and effective services.
Champions and leads change. Embraces new business models and innovative approaches to delivery of high quality clinical and administrative services.
Participates in performance improvement, supporting facility directors in the development of strategies and comprehensive goals for performance, growth and compliance.
Manages the implementation of Division of Inpatient Services information technology services and systems.
Ensures the development and implementation of Division of Inpatient Services employee education, training, and competency.
Manages Special Projects as assigned.
Supports performance by maintaining compliance with corporate compliance, HIPAA, harassment-free workplace, employee performance system and in the development of strategies and comprehensive goals for performance, growth, compliance, and cultural awareness.
The Chief Operations Officer must have the ability to work with diverse groups, which aid and abet recovery through various means including patient affairs partnerships. The position requires a thorough understanding of the types of psychological, social and economic problems facing patients.
Agency Requirements: Medical doctorate and licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina. Completion of required residency in psychiatry and six (6) years of post-residency experience in psychiatric care of patients; three (3) years of which must have been in a clinical administrative capacity with direct experience in management of hospital operations and strategic planning. Board certification in General Psychiatry is required.
Internal Number: 110904
About SC Department of Mental Health
The mission of the Department of Mental Health is to support the recovery of people with mental illnesses, giving priority to adults with serious and persistent mental illness and to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances. The Agency provides treatment services to approximately 100,000 citizens annually, about 30,000 of whom are children and adolescents. The Department delivers community mental health services through a network of sixteen (16) community mental health centers and numerous clinics covering all 46 counties in South Carolina. The Department operates 3 State Hospitals, including one for substance use disorder treatment, 3 State Veterans’ nursing homes and 1 community nursing home, and also operates the State’s Sexually Violent Predator Treatment program.