Full Time Custody Psychiatrist for Santa Clara County Jail

Better Health for All

Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System (SCVHHS), a large public teaching healthcare system, affiliated with Stanford University School of Medicine, is seeking full-time BE/BC Custody Psychiatrist, to join our dynamic team at Santa Clara County jail located in San Jose.

We offer the unparalleled opportunity to gain the long-term personal and professional satisfaction of serving our patients and our diverse community, while giving excellent care to one of the most challenging and fascinating patients populations, in one of the best places to live in the United States.


About the organization

Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS) is the second-largest County-owned health and hospital system in California and is committed to improving the health of the 1.8 million people of Santa Clara County.  As of March 2019, SCVHHS is comprised of three hospitals:  Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC - a 731-bed central hospital), O’Connor Hospital (OCH - 358 licensed beds), and Saint Louise Regional Hospital (SLRH – 93 licensed beds); in addition SCVHHS includes  a large primary care network comprised of e eleven  health centers throughout the County, several urgent care clinics, a broad-range of specialty services in our Valley Specialty Center, comprehensive dental services, a large behavioral health department, public health, EMS, and Valley Health Plan.  


SCVMC itself hosts five residency training programs and partners with Stanford University Medical Center for the training of residents and fellows in many Stanford-based specialties.  SCVMC also features a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, Primary Stroke Center, and a CARF-accredited Rehabilitation Center.  Owing to its geographic location and specialty offerings, SCVMC not only serves the County, but also the larger region.  


Providers in our health system also have the unique opportunity to use our integrated electronic health record (Epic), which brings together system-wide patient information including custody.   Recently, the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recognized SCVMC for achieving its highest level of success (Stage 7), based on our continuous innovation and optimization of our inpatient and outpatient EHR.


About the community

SCVMC is located in San Jose, California in the heart of Silicon Valley, offering a diverse choice of cultural, recreational, and lifestyle opportunities.  Our physicians live in a range of communities, including urban (e.g., San Francisco), university (e.g., Palo Alto), high tech (e.g., many cities of Silicon Valley), mountain (e.g., Los Gatos), beach (e.g. Santa Cruz), and rural/agricultural (e.g., Morgan Hill and Gilroy).  Situated in one of the most desirable regions of the country – only 45 minutes from the Monterey Bay and three hours from the Sierra Nevada – our physicians enjoy a very high quality of life.


About the Division

Our Division of Custody Health services is providing integrated care to our population including internal/family medicine, Mental health, Dental care, OB/GYN, rehabilitation medicine, optometry and more. The mental health division within custody health services employs 13 providers currently. Our division also includes 59 clinicians (LMFT, MFT, LCSW, CSW) who are providing therapy, case management and discharge planning. We have a team of 8 psychologists that provide therapy, risk evaluations, neuropsychological and psychological testing. The division is ever evolving and expanding. As custody psychiatrist you will have the opportunity to be a part of quality improvement and initiatives that focus on providing better more effective care to our patient population and improving the wellbeing of stuff.  


About the Position

Currently we are looking for a full-time psychiatrist for our acute psychiatric inpatient unit.  The unit’s capacity is 41 beds. There are 3 psychiatrists covering the unit 7AM-5PM during weekdays, weekends and holidays. There are 2 case managers and 1 psychologist as well as full nursing staff working on the unit.

This position requires board certification in psychiatry or board eligible with a clear plan to get certified. The preferred candidate will have previous experience working in custody psychiatry and/ or acute inpatient psychiatry service.


About compensation and benefits

Santa Clara County offers $357,600 annually (for board certified psychiatrist in custody), generous comprehensive benefit package including: 54 days of paid time off per year (36 days of annual leave, 5 days of CME, and 13 holidays), $4500 educational funds, retirement, paid malpractice (with tail coverage), and health insurance. We offer vibrant professional environment and the opportunity to serve a multicultural patient population. 


If you are interested in joining a practice with unparalleled personal and professional advantages, then please submit your letter of interest and CV to Roya Rousta at [email protected].


The San Francisco Bay Area is well known for its rich diversity of cultures.  Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System seeks candidates whose experiences have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The County of Santa Clara is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious belief, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or preference, pregnancy, marital status, disability, medical condition, political belief, veterans status, organizational affiliation or association with any individual in any of these groups.  Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System is committed to inclusion for all of its patients, employees, and community.