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Office of Mental Health

Psychiatrist 1 / Psychiatrist 1 (Children and Youth)* / Psychiatrist 1 (Forensic)*

Salary & Benefits:

The Office of Mental Health offers a competitive salary with the ability to enhance earnings through our physicians’ extra service program. We also offer a generous benefits package; as well as loan forgiveness programs and opportunities for teaching of medical students and other academic activities with a number of prestigious institutions.

Positions & Work Hours:

Positions are available throughout New York State, most located at our 22 psychiatric centers and two world-class research facilities, as well as at 29 Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facility locations operated by Central New York Psychiatric Center. We also offer flexible scheduling; with full-time, part-time, and per diem positions available at most facilities and locations.


As a Psychiatrist 1, Psychiatrist 1 (Children and Youth), or a Psychiatrist 1 (Forensic), under the direction of a higher-level Psychiatrist, you would provide Psychiatric services to clients and residents and coordinate other treatment and support services for them; you may plan and oversee psychiatric, medical, and patient care and support services for a treatment program, a group of clients or residents, a facility, or unit.

Minimum Qualifications:

To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

To Apply

Apply for Psychiatrist 1 VacanciesLeaving OMH site

Apply for Psychiatrist 1, Children and Youth VacanciesLeaving OMH site

Apply for Psychiatrist 1, Forensic VacanciesLeaving OMH site

Note: Applications are continuously accepted for this title irrespective of whether a current vacancy exists.

Candidates must complete a New York State Examination Application (NYS-APP) PDF DocumentLeaving OMH site for scoring and submit completed applications to the facility/facilities of interest to you.


*Additional board eligibility in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is required for Psychiatrist 1 (Children and Youth).

**The New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions is responsible for reviewing applications and granting licenses to practice medicine in New York State. For information on license requirements and to obtain an application form, you may link to the Office of the Professions' website Leaving OMH site.

***If you are licensed in another state or by written examination in Canada, AND meet the other requirements for Psychiatrist 1, you are also eligible if you have a current limited permit to practice medicine in New York State. If appointed, you must obtain your license within one year of the date your limited permit was issued. Failure to do so will result in removal from your position.

Loss of license or limited permit to practice medicine in New York State will result in action to remove you from the position.

In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

If appointed you may be required to become an enrolled Medicare provider; obtain and provide to your employer a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number issued by the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES); and otherwise actively participate to the degree necessary to allow for your services to be billed through Medicare and Medicaid. If you are appointed and you lose the ability to bill through Medicare and Medicaid, you may be terminated from your employment.

Background Investigation/Justice Center Review:

Prospective appointees will be:

  1. Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable.

  2. Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information, and may be required to pay any necessary fees.

  3. Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Center for Human Resources Management.