Psychiatric Consultant 

The Psychiatric Consultant supports the Primary Care Provider (PCP) and Behavioral Health Care Manager (BHCM) in treating patients with behavioral health illnesses. This role can be performed by any psychiatric expert who can assist the primary care team diagnosis with treatment planning and recommendations about changes in treatment when the patient is not at least 50% improved after 10-12 weeks on any given treatment plan.

The Psychiatric Consultant may suggest treatment modifications, in-person consultations, or specialty mental health services for clinically challenging patients. The Psychiatric Consultant does not normally see the patient or prescribe medications; however, they are available during business hours for ad-hoc consultation as needed.

Job Description

Some skills that may be new to Psychiatric Consultants include:

  • Triage/Treat patients without seeing them
  • Create a treatment plan in a short amount of time and with limited information
  • Think about the treatment needs of a population of patients

FTE Guidelines

Organizations will need around 0.075 FTE (3 hours per week) of Psychiatric Consultant time to assist each nearly full-time or full-time BHCM to manage a full caseload. Please refer to the AIMS Center’s Guidelines for Behavioral Health Care Manager Caseload Size for more information to plan staff resources.