Job Description

Job Category:
Medical Professional

Chief Medical Officer

AZ-Phoenix-Administration Building

Southwest Behavioral Health Services is a large and growing, non-profit community-based provider of behavioral health services with locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Pinal, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai Counties. We are a well-established voice in the community with more than 115 sites, over one thousand employees, and 40 years’ experience.

Join Southwest Behavioral Health for exceptional growth opportunities driven by our promote-from-within philosophy. We provide an EXCELLENT compensation and benefits package, including immediate participation in our 403(b) program with 20% company match after 1 year of service. Generous PTO includes 4 weeks of vacation your 1st year (available after 6 months)! We offer 100% company-paid medical, dental, STD, LTD, and Life coverage for employees. Other great benefits include 10 paid holidays, sick time, vision, prescription drug discounts, CME leave & reimbursement, chiropractic services, and much more!

We are seeking a Chief Medical Officer to join our professional medical team! 

In this position you will be responsible for the medical leadership at Southwest Behavioral Health Services.  The CMO is responsible for managing clinical integration initiatives, while further developing relationships between physicians, program directors, administration, other facilities and contract services with respect to value and quality improvement programs.  Responsibilities include the development, implementation and execution of medical management, utilization management and quality improvement programs, policies and procedures. 


  • Supervise the clinical care of Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants employed or contracted with SBH.

  • Oversees the implementation of quality improvement efforts with SBH prescribers to improve clinical performance and maintain compliance with CARF, HIPAA, and other accreditation standards.

  • Evaluates the processes by which clinical care and patient services are delivered, identifies opportunities for improvement, sets standards for outcomes, develops appropriate systems to monitor the outcomes and oversees the implementation of process improvements.

  • Improves customer experience and increases access by leading efforts such as Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Commitment to Service, Patient Satisfaction and medical staff services.

  • Develops and sustains a high performance culture and leadership teams across the organization.

  • Actively participate in or lead care management activities to improve client safety, provide client-centered, appropriate and timely care, reduce inappropriate variation, implement evidence-based
  • Stays well-informed of national trends and evaluating the impact on our agency practices.

  • Promote the use and implementation of technology in the workplace in order to streamline operations, facilitate communications, and optimize work processes.

  • To ensure compliance & adequate services, additional job duties may be required to meet the needs of the program and or department.

  • Provides direct patient care in situations where immediate coverage is determined to be clinically appropriate, up to 15% of agreed upon work schedule and when needed review and sign Certificates of Need and Recertifications of Need.

  • Reviews and collaborates with site leadership in relation to patients who are either on or being amended for Court Ordered Treatment.

  • Acts as a liaison between other mental health agencies when it would be beneficial to collaborate with other CMO’s, health plans, or State Agencies specific to patient care.

Requires Doctorate Degree in Medicine (MD or DO);  Must be eligible for or hold a current AZ State license to practice medicine and be eligible for medical staff privileges.  5 plus years of clinical experience in the practice of medicine in psychiatry or medically related field.  Three plus years of medical staff leadership experience and/or managed care environment.         

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