Employment Opportunities in AMHD

AMHD Administrative Positions  |  Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) Positions  |  Courts and Corrections Branch Positions  |  Hawaii State Hospital (HSH) Positions  |  Psychiatrists  |  Psychologists

For non-civil service applications, please call (808) 586-8294 or (808) 586-4676 for Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) positions or for Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) positions, please call (808) 933-0409 on Big Island, or (808) 241-3130 for Kauai, or (808) 984-2150 on Maui, or (808) 832-5770 on Oahu. However, you may download or request Exempt Employment Availability Information form.

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SUMMARY OF EACH POSITION (Relevant substitutions will be considered)

AMHD Administrative Positions
For AMHD positions listed below, return non-civil service application, employment availability information form which identifies acceptable job locations, resume, and salary requirements to: Adult Mental Health Division, 1250 Punchbowl Street, Room 256, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, Attn: Personnel (Inquiries: (808) 586-8294. Submit separate application for each position and location applying for. Continuous recruitment until positions are filled; however, only applications postmarked by date stated in classified advertisements, if applicable, are assured of receiving full consideration. Please call (808) 586-8294 to confirm if position(s) is (are) still on active recruitment status.

AMHD Access Screener Oahu
The primary purpose of this position is to staff the statewide Crisis Line of Hawaii program. The function of this position includes, but is not necessarily limited to, providing supportive telephone counseling, screening for urgent or emergent mental health needs, authorizing and dispatching crisis support services, and providing information on services in the community. The Crisis Line of Hawaii serves the larger community by providing essential safety-net supports, including information and referral, supportive telephone counseling, and crisis outreach services for persons of all ages. MQs: A Bachelor’s degree in nursing, social work, or other human service degree. A diploma RN may qualify depending on experience. One year experience in working with the seriously mentally ill or one year experience with a crisis line as a volunteer or paid staff or one year experience in mental health not necessarily working with seriously mentally ill.
AMHD Performance Improvement Coord Oahu
This position is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of the Division-wide quality management program which includes clinical service standards and the quality of services and care provided and supervision of the staff assigned to the program.
MQs – Successful completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university. Two (2) years of supervisory experience. Three (3) years in mental health service setting and progressively responsible professional work experience involving quality management/performance improvement initiatives, implementation and evaluation is preferred. Must be possess a current Hawaii State Registered Nurse License. Valid Hawaii State Type 3 Driver’s license. National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA) Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality is highly desired.
AMHD Psychiatry Chief Oahu
The primary purpose of the position is to participate in overall planning, implementation, coordinating, and monitoring of program and service effectiveness of key services and program areas to assure the availability of a variety of care, treatment and related rehabilitation options as it relates to psychiatric services, and its integration into the continuum of care, to the seriously mentally ill.
MQs – M.D. or D.O. Degree or equivalent and completion of accredited psychiatric residency required. Four (4) years of experience in clinical psychiatry including two (2) years of experience in community mental health setting. Must be able to assume, when required, the duties and responsibilities of a direct care provider, and must provide such duties and responsibilities or the specific duties and responsibilities of this position on a 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week basis. Must be able to work flexible hours which includes evenings, weekends and holidays. License Requirements: License to practice medicine in Hawaii, Certificate of completion of psychiatric residency, Current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Certificate, Valid type 3 Driver’s License.

Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) Positions
For CMHC positions listed below, return non-civil service application, employment availability information form which identifies acceptable job locations., resume, and salary requirements to: CMHC Systems Administration, 1700 Lanakila Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817. Submit separate application for each position and location applying for. Continuous recruitment until positions are filled; however, only applications postmarked by date stated in classified advertisements, if applicable, are assured of receiving full consideration. Please call 832-5770 to confirm if position(s) is (are) still on active recruitment status.There are currently no CMHC positions open at this time. Please check back later.Courts and Corrections Branch
No positions available at this time.PsychologistsPsychiatristsHawaii State Hospital (HSH) PositionsTo apply for Hawaii State Hospital positions listed below, please forward your resume and salary requirements to Jodi Polendey, Human Resources Specialist at Hawaii State Hospital, 45-710 Keaahala Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 or email jodi.polendey@doh.hawaii.gov. These are non-civil service exempt positions.

Clinical Psychologist (Forensic Services) Oahu
Performs prof svcs in the field of clinical psychology (CP), by providing consultation & liaison svcs to treatment teams & criminal justice agencies; evaluating & monitoring consumers w/severe & persistent mental illness (SPMI) & criminal justice involvement regarding their risk level, engagement w/treatment planning, & adherence to court ordered conditions; & providing recommendations regarding risk management & reduction strategies to support maint. of comm. tenure; & performing other related duties as assigned.
MQs: EDUCATION: Applicants must possess the requirements specified in either A, B, C, D, or E below:
A. Successful completion of all reqs for a doctoral degree from an accredited college in CP which included an internship in CP. In lieu of the internship req, applicants may substitute one year of prof. work exp. in the field of CP. B. Successful completion of all reqs for a doctoral degree form an accredited college in a specialty related to CP. The doctoral prog. must have included an internship in CP or must have been supplemented by a post-doctoral clinical internship. In lieu of the clinical internship req, applicants may substitute 1 yr of post-doctoral CP exp. under competent prof. supvn. C. Holds a doctoral degree from a trng prog. approved by the American Psychological Association (APA), or holds a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher edu. & also meets the experiential reqs for inclusion in the Nat’l Register of Health Svc Providers in Psychology, as described in Chap. 465, HRS. D. Holds a diplomate cert in good st&ing granted by the American Board of Examiners in Prof Psychology, as described in Chap. 465, HRS. E. A valid license to practice psychology in the State of Hawaii, as described in Chap. 465, HRS. EXPERIENCE: For some psns, applicants must possess prof. post-doctoral work exp. as a CP. In addition, some psns may require exp. in a specialized field of CP. LICENSE: Within 2 yrs from date of appt, applicant(s) hired must meet the reqs for licensure & obtain a license issued by the Hawaii State Board of Psychology, as required by Chap. 465, HRS. Applicants who possess a current Hawaii license to practice Psychology must submit a copy of their license. A valid driver’s license is reqd for some psns. For those psns requiring a driver’s license, you must possess a valid driver’s license at the time of appt. PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT (PREA) Requirement: As reqd by the Prison Rate Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), Federal law states that “…an agency shall not hire or promote anyone who may have contact w/inmates & who: 1. Has engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility or other institution; 2. Has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse; 3. Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described in #2 above; 4. Has been the subj. of substantiated allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment or resigned during a pending investigation of alleged sexual abuse or sexual harassment.”
AMHD Psychiatrists (non-civil service (exempt) position) All major islands
AMHD is recruiting adult psychiatrists to join our growing team of professionals. Inpatient and outpatient positions are available statewide. Our offices are located on all the major islands, in both city and rural locations. We provide comprehensive, recovery-based treatment services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.Our psychiatrists are considered the leaders of the recovery team and provide assessments and psychopharmacological treatment. We have a broad array of additional services available including case management, housing, ACT teams, supported employment, psychosocial rehabilitation programs, substance abuse treatment, and a program evaluation research department.Employment by the State of Hawaii offers new competitive salaries with special incentives for the Big Island and generous benefits. Benefits include 21 days of paid vacation per year, 21 days of paid sick leave per year, 13 paid state holidays, liability coverage, medical/vision/dental insurance plans, and a generous pension plan.


Staff Psychiatrist – Hawaii State Hospital (see summary under HSH)

For more information about outpatient positions, contact Mr. Troy Freitas at 808-832-5770. For the Hawaii State Hospital, contact Dr. Jeremy Richards at 808-247-2191.

HSH Psychiatrist – Inpatient
 Oahu
The primary purpose of this position is to provide direct clinical and consultative psychiatric services for a variety of service programs within and outside the Psychiatry Services section and affiliated programs and facilities as assigned, and provides clinical guidance for other members of interdisciplinary teams. This position primarily manages and provides psychiatric care to patients admitted to the Hawaii State Hospital (HSH).

EDUCATION: Graduate from an approved medical school in the United States or Canada or graduate from a foreign medical school and certification by the Educational Council of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Completion of one (1) year of approved internship and three (3) years of psychiatric residency training. Has Board certification or meets the criteria to sit for the examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One year experience in working with individuals who are hospitalized in a forensic setting or one (1) year of experience in psychiatry or one (1) year of additional post graduate training appropriate to the position is preferred.

LICENSE: Valid Permanent or Temporary license to practice medicine in the State of Hawaii. Valid State of Hawaii Narcotics Enforcement Administration Registration and Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Registration.

Other Information:  For additional information, you may contact Dr. Jeremy Richards at (808) 236-8349 or Jodi Polendey at (808) 236-8228.

HSH FORENSIC COORDINATOR  Oahu
This position provides for the coordination of forensic referrals & tracking of forensic patients through their HSH treatment episode. Serves as liaison to the Adult Mental Health Division (AMHD) Forensic Director & works collaboratively w/HSH-assigned attorney to facilitate timeliness & effectiveness of forensic discharges. Develops, implements & refines programs specific to the needs of forensic patients. Serves as consultant to HSH treatment teams.

This is a non-civil service exempt position. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in clinical psychology preferably from a university with an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program, and preferably completion of an APA accredited internship. Two (2) years’ experience interacting with Quality Management and Utilization Management or Behavioral Health Managed Care with knowledge of community case management interventions. This position must be licensed in accordance with Hawaii Revised States, Chapter 465-7.6 (Session Laws of Hawaii, 1988). Possession of a valid State of Hawaii Driver’s License, Type 3, preferred.

HSH ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR, CLINICAL SERVICES  Oahu
The primary purpose of this position is to provide clinical and administrative supervision of the Psychiatry Services Unit, Social Work Services Unit, Clinical Psychology Services Unit, Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy Unit, Recreational Therapy Unit, Medical Services Unit, State Operated Specialized Residential Services (SOSRP), Clinical Safety, Forensics and ancillary services of pastoral care. The Associate Administrator of Clinical Services (AACS) is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of policies and procedures that provide for the development and maintenance of effective programming and services; the timely modification and/or elimination of services and programming that hinder or prevent treatment and rehabilitation and timely discharge of patients at HSH.

This is a non-civil service exempt position. Applicants must have successful completion of one of the following courses of study in an accredited college of university: 1. Psychiatry – Possession of a M.D. or D.O. degree or equivalent and completion of accredited psychiatric residency required. Graduate from an approved medical school in the United States or Canada or graduate from a foreign medical school and certification by the Educational Council of Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Completion of one year of approved internship and four years of psychiatric residency training. Board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 2. Nursing – Possession of a Master’s Degree in nursing.

In addition, applicant must have Specialized Experience: Three and one-half years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a psychiatric inpatient program concerned with directing the development, implementation and coordination of treatment and rehabilitation programming and services. Supervisory Experience: A minimum of two (2) years of supervisory experience in an inpatient program setting, including performance evaluation and labor relations.

Possession of the required number of years of experience will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification for the position. The applicant’s overall experience must have been of such scope and level of responsibility as to conclusively demonstrate that the individual has the ability to perform the duties of this position for which he/she is being considered.  This position must be licensed in accordance with Hawaii Revised Statutes as applicable to the discipline of the incumbent. Valid Type 3 Driver’s License preferred.