Physician Assistant - Loan Repayment Available at Connections Health Solutions in Tucson, AZ

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Physician Assistant - Loan Repayment Available


Job ID: 2019-2355
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Catalina Clinic


The Catalina Clinic is a National Health Services Corps (NHSC) loan repayment site.

Connections Health Solutions is a physician-owned, multifaceted behavioral health company whose mission is to address any behavioral health need at any time. We are hiring a Physician Assistant who will direct and coordinate behavioral health transitional care to specified consumers at our outpatient clinic. The Physician Assistant will conduct crisis psychiatric assessments, medical assessments, differential diagnosis, engagement, family interventions, patient education, risk assessment, and discharge planning.


  • Serves as the Behavioral health and medical practitioner to assigned patients with behavioral health and medical needs. Completes psychiatric evaluation, crisis interventions, family interventions, history and physical, assessment of mental capacity for consent to treatment, patient education, and progress toward discharge plans including medical, psychological, and social aspects of the consumer’s care, treatment, and services.
  • Serves as the primary care practitioner to assigned patients and acts as a primary care consultant to other health practitioners. Completes history and physical examinations, performs differential diagnostic assessments, treatment interventions, preventative health screenings, and patient education. Makes recommendations for post-discharge primary care and participates in care coordination with community-based primary care providers.
  • Documents consumer’s progress in the clinical record in addition to medication flow sheets per established policy. Completes medication education and informed consent when possible.
  • Orders laboratory tests per standards of emergency medical practice. Reviews the health assessment completed by nursing staff, obtains a past and current medical history, and conducts a focused physical examination as indicated, per established guidelines. Initiates contact with Primary Care Physicians and Emergency Room clinicians per established guidelines.
  • Provides necessary information to clinical team regarding psychiatric symptoms and co-occurring or co-morbidity health concerns. Utilizes appropriate medication based on best practices, in addition to appropriately completing required documentation for preauthorization of pharmacy services.
  • Works closely with other personnel to ensure that each treatment modality is appropriate for the consumer in addition to working with outside medical providers, emergency room medical staff, detox treatment staff, and urgent cares in the community.
  • Practices per evidence-based guidelines including protocols as outlined in the Regional Behavioral Health Authority Provider Manual. Participates per the recovery model and Arnold v. Sarn principles; knows and practices engagement skills including motivational interviewing; and assists consumers to define and achieve their own recovery goals.
  • Participates in all Quality Improvement activities as required. Actively participates in Clinical/Peer Supervision. Identifies potential barriers to quality care and opportunities for improvement and reports them to the Medical Director.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Unrestricted license in the State of Arizona
  • Completion of an accredited Physician Assistant program
  • At least 3 years’ experience in the delivery of crisis mental health and/or delivery of family health treatment to children, adolescents, and/or adults.
  • Unrestricted DEA license
  • Working knowledge of psychopharmacology, substance abuse and opioid treatment services


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