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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 290D
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

As staff psychiatrist in a mental hospital, administers psychiatric treatment of mentally ill patients.


This is the supervisory or expert level of the series. Supervises and participates in treatment of mentally ill; directs psychiatric treatment program of unit or section.

Typical Work

Supervises, trains, and evaluates work of medical and nursing staff; coordinates their work with related programs;

Reviews treatment plans, clerical records, diagnoses, and patient-release proposals for quality and adherence to institution policy;

Conducts or participates in meetings on clinical and administrative policy, research programs, and treatment techniques;

Examines and evaluates patients for admission or discharge;

Examines, diagnoses, and prescribes treatment for mentally ill patients;

Prepares reports and correspondence on treatment programs, hospital policy, and patient progress;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Valid license to practice medicine and surgery in State of Washington.


Eligibility for certification by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Class Specification History

New class replaces 51320 Psychiatrist 2; effective June 1, 2005.
Revised job class title, formerly Psychiatrist 4 - Teamsters; adopted November 12, 2015, effective November 13, 2015.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.