Provides direct psychiatric care to assigned youth in Hillside’s PRTF and PHP programs – including admissions, ongoing psychiatric assessments, psychotropic medication management, and discharge planning.
Review referrals for appropriateness of admission to the residential program and partial hospitalization programs.
Participate in pre-admission interviews as indicated.
Complete admission intake assessments and orders on assigned patients.
Provide psychiatric care (including but not limited to prescription and management of psychotropic medications) and corresponding documentation to youth on assigned treatment units. Patient/unit assignments will be made by the Medical Director.
Provide weekly review of Medication Administration Records on assigned patients.
Provide clinical supervision/consultation to Treatment staff on assigned treatment units as needed.
Provide input for and/or participate in treatment planning meetings on assigned patients.
Participate in weekly rounds on assigned treatment units.
Attend Staffings (internal and ‘external’) as indicated on assigned cases.
Participate in the external review process as indicated – including participating in Physician to Physician reviews with funding and/or referral sources.
Provide ‘after-hours’ call coverage for psychiatric emergencies as assigned by the Medical Director – typically 7-10 days/ per month.
Provide psychiatric coverage (as assigned by the Medical Director) to patients enrolled in Hillside’s residential or PHP programs who are under the care of another psychiatrist when their psychiatrist is not available/on-leave.
Participate in Medical Rounds (typically monthly), Pharmacy and Therapeutic meeting (typically monthly), Psychiatry Staff meeting (typically monthly), and Emergency Safety Intervention Task Force meeting (typically monthly).
Participate in Hillside’s Peer Review process.
Participate in CARF preparation meetings and reviews.
M.D. or D.O., licensed in the State of Georgia, and must be Board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Be knowledgeable of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Founded in January 1888, Hillside is one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit organizations. It began as a shelter for homeless women and needy children through the efforts of a sponsoring group of women led by Mrs. Levi Nelson, Mrs. Edgar McBurney, and Mrs. J.P. Averill.
The home, which was to become Hillside, was initially named Home for the Friendless and operated from a ten-room house in Downtown ...Atlanta. The home cared for women, children, and newborn babies. Foster care placements and adoptions were also arranged as needed.
Space quickly became inadequate, and the home moved in 1889 to a house at Peters and Fair Streets, and then again in 1892 to a site at Highland Avenue and Randolph Street.
As other agencies were formed to care for adults, the Home for the Friendless became exclusively a shelter for school-aged children. In the 1920’s the home made a number of improvements necessary to bring the program into compliance with a new set of child welfare standards, which were developing nationally.
During this time, the Kiwanis Club became interested in the home, through the efforts of Mrs. McBurney. The Kiwanians made financial contributions to help bring the home up to the national standards and to help enhance the life experiences of the children in care.
As the home grew, it needed more space. In 1926, eight acres of rolling woodland at 690 Courtenay Drive were purchased, and a contest was held to select a new name for the home. Mrs. Mabel Walker suggested the name Hillside Cottages, which was chosen as the new name along with the tag line “A friendly home for children.”
The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta donated the funds to build the first of the Hillside Cottages. It was completed in 1927, today serves as residence for young boys, and is still known as the Kiwanis Cottage.
Just as Hillside’s location and facilities have changed over time, the mission of serving the most needy children has also evolved. Today Hillside operates as a private, nonprofit organization offering a continuum of services for children and adolescents struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.
Still located on Courtenay Drive in the Morningside neighborhood near Midtown Atlanta, Hillside’s campus has grown with the expansion of an additional five acres of land next door to its original campus and bordering Monroe Drive. Hillside now has a 13-acre campus that houses its Residential treatment program, administration offices, Treatment foster care offices, and Community programs offices. In 2015, Hillside proudly announced the addition of our Hillside DBT outpatient clinic, located in Buckhead.
Since our beginning in 1888, Hillside’s mission has been to help children and families thrive by providing outstanding residential and community mental health services.
Our Residential Program, Treatment Foster Care Program, Community Intervention Program, and Outpatient Clinic all keep focus on the strengths of our children and therefore encourage the growth and improvement they need to become future self-sustaining citizens.