The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is seeking a candidate with strong leadership and clinical skills to serve as the Associate Medical Director of Prevention Services in the Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC).
SAPC is responsible for leading and facilitating the delivery of a full spectrum of prevention, treatment, and recovery services via one of the largest specialty substance use provider networks in the country. With an annual operating budget of over $400 million and over 350 staff positions, SAPC manages a network of approximately 150 provider agencies spread out over 400 sites across the County, including over 40 agencies within the prevention provider network.
Los Angeles County is in the process of transforming its substance use prevention and treatment system through the Drug Medi-Cal Organized Delivery System (DMC-ODS) Waiver, a component of a broader Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver that aims to significantly enhance the access to and quality of publicly funded substance use services. The California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) initiative is another transformative opportunity that aims to enhance and better integrate the specialty substance use disorder (SUD) into broader health and social service systems.
Expanding SAPC’s scope of prevention services is a top priority for the Department of Public Health. The Associate Medical Director of Prevention Services position will provide clinical leadership to help shape this transformation and provide innovative and targeted approaches to effectively address the upstream drivers of substance use across County residents.
The Associate Medical Director of Prevention is an administrative position within the Clinical Services Branch that will report to the SAPC Medical Director and serve as clinical leadership for the Prevention Unit. In this role, the Associate Medical Director of Prevention will shape program policy, planning, and development, and will have the opportunity to transform the County’s substance use prevention system for residents of one of the largest and most diverse counties in the nation.
Key functions of the SAPC Associate Medical Director of Prevention include applying specialized clinical addiction knowledge and skills in the performance of administrative and other duties such as:
Provide clinical leadership to support all aspects of SAPC’s substance use prevention work, including the development of policies and procedures to facilitate quality and evidence-based service delivery, and working with leadership to develop strategies to enhance and expand service delivery and workforce development.
Assist leadership and provide clinical expertise to the establishment of school-based Wellness Centers and Family Resource Centers throughout the County, including the identification of sites, meeting with relevant stakeholders, program and policy planning and development, assisting with evaluation of programs to ensure quality-focused prevention services, among other critical priorities.
Lead and support the County’s various efforts focused on opioids and methamphetamine, including the countywide Safe Med LA opioid coalition (SafeMedLA.org), the HEART Collaborative, the Methamphetamine Prevention Committee within the Meth Task Force, and other initiatives in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
Provide clinical leadership, direction, and oversight of the Provider Education Unit within Prevention Services to ensure quality trainings for the prevention provider network on topics such as SBIRT, substance use prevention and awareness, the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic, naloxone and opioid overdose prevention, among other priority prevention-focused topics.
Provide clinical leadership, direction, and oversight of SAPC’s harm reduction network, including community-based organizations that distribute naloxone and operate syringe exchange programs, which includes administering policies, network management activities, and executing and monitoring budgets and contracts.
Develop partnerships with various federal, State, County, municipal, and other public, private, and community-based agencies to collaboratively achieve prevention goals and bring added value to other efforts (e.g., promoting alternate activities for high-risk youth; promoting protective factors such as school connectedness, academic competence, family cohesion, and strong neighborhood attachment).
Provide consultation, training, and lend clinical expertise to leadership and staff, including external agencies, and serve as a departmental authority and spokesperson to guide the coordination and administration of all aspects of substance use prevention services, including responding to emergent primary and secondary prevention efforts and working with other DPH programs, County departments, and communities to integrate prevention into services provided.
Assist leadership with developing and managing SAPC’s budget for Prevention Services.
Conduct research on the latest findings from studies related to substance use prevention and prepare reports for internal and external leadership and staff, recommending adoption of evidence-based, best, promising and innovative practices for preventing substance use.
Follow established policies and procedures within scope of practice; conduct self-assessment of performance; comply with licensing and accreditation standards and other regulatory requirements; interpret and support standards and requirements to others.
Assist the SAPC Medical Director and executive leadership with other projects and assignments.
TO APPLY: If interested, please contact Dr. Gary Tsai at email@example.com and submit a cover letter and resume.
DIVISION OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL 1000 South Fremont Ave; Building A-9 East, 3rd Floor, Alhambra, California 91803 Tel: (626) 299-4101 Fax: (626) 458-7637
OPTION I: If assigned to a specialty: Completion of a residency approved by an American Specialty Board in one or more designated specialties or equivalent training -AND- One year of experience in medical practice, post graduate training, teaching or investigative work.
OPTION II: If not assigned to a specialty: One year of experience in medical practice, post-graduate training, teaching or investigative work.
Additional Salary Information: Los Angeles County offers its employees a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Starting salary for the position is dependent on qualifications, specialty, and salary history. Annual salary range: $185,939.76 - $547,493.52.
Internal Number: PH5476A
About Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is the largest County health department in the United States, and we were recently recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials as 2019 Local Health Department of the Year. With a rich history of protecting and promoting the public's health for over 100 years, we operate with a budget of over $1.3 billion to meet our mission and mandate. We successfully advance health equity through health promotion and disease prevention for all County residents. Our 4,600 employees are engaged in efforts to lead delivery of children’s medical services, chronic and communicable disease control, home visiting, community health services, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, HIV and STD programs, and substance abuse prevention and control.