Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Details and Structure

Program Structure

  • One year of full-time, salaried employment during residency year, followed by a year of employment at Community Health Center, Inc. 
  • Full integration into the organization, including continuous training to CHC’s model of high performance health system including access, continuity, planned care, team-based care, prevention focused and use of data and technology

Core Curricular Elements

  • Precepted Continuity Clinics – These are the cornerstone of the residency program. Residents develop their own patient panel of adults and children, working with dedicated support of an expert preceptor (APRN or Psychiatrist).
  • Specialty Rotations – Rotations in a number of mental health areas to expand experience in a variety of treatment areas and modalities including medicated-assisted treatment, group therapy training, acupuncture, crisis intervention in ED, and intensive outpatient program (IOP).
  • Weekly Didactic Sessions – Formal learning sessions on a variety of complex clinical challenges most commonly encountered in FQHCs. Continuing Medical Education Credit is provided for these sessions. (1 session per week)
  • Quality Improvement Seminars – Seminars focus on developing knowledge and skills to improve care utilizing quality improvement tools and methods. (Bi-weekly sessions)
  • Project ECHO® Pain – Residents join a twice monthly videoconference that connects primary care providers with a multidisciplinary team of pain specialists to improve the management of patients with chronic pain. Weitzman ECHO® uses case-based learning to provide support and education to providers. (Bi-weekly sessions)
  • Project ECHO® – Opportunities to participate in additional ECHOs including Project ECHO® Buprenorphine
  • Community Engagement – Residents are provided opportunities to engage with their assigned community at all levels.
  • Participation in Ongoing Multi-Input Evaluation – Residents contribute to continuous programmatic improvement via assigned evaluations throughout the residency experience.

Compensation & Benefits

The residency is a 12 month, full-time salaried position, followed by a one year post-residency commitment. CHC, Inc. offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive training salary
  • Group medical, dental and health insurance
  • Company-paid short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan with substantial discretionary employer match and contribution
  • Paid time off program
  • License reimbursement benefit
  • Wellness programs
  • Supplemental vision, disability, accident and life insurance
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