Psychiatric pharmacists are advanced practice clinical pharmacists who specialize in mental health care. With an extensive knowledge of medication management, they are skilled at treating the whole patient. They strengthen the mental health team by working directly with patients and improving treatment outcomes.
Yet, psychiatric pharmacist capabilities are not well recognized and are underutilized. The number of available employment positions are limited by several factors despite evidence that psychiatric pharmacists improve treatment outcomes. The Employer Resource Center Task Force of the American Association of Psychiatric Pharmacists was charged with generating a resource that provides guidance for individuals and organizations to use when creating employment opportunities for psychiatric pharmacists.
The available documents were curated to help support pharmacists, employers, and institutional leadership in developing new employment opportunities for psychiatric pharmacists across a variety of practice settings.
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