In the Department of Correction, this class is accountable for administering clinical and mental health services programs and operations.
Receives administrative direction from the Chief Operating Officer or other administrative official of higher grade.
Administers mental health services programs and operations; directs all staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Administers staff and mental health services operations relating to mental health care programs;
Oversees daily delivery of all mental health services to offender, inmate and parole population;
Develops, implements, and evaluates policies, goals and objectives to ensure conformance with national standards, administrative policies, accreditation of staff and statutory provisions;
Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
Formulates and leads mental health services team in attainment of agency goals and objectives;
Develops mental health service standards and criteria;
Oversees mental health services staffing to ensure appropriate resource allocation and compliance with collective bargaining agreements and labor laws;
Ensures mental health services operations within budgetary guidelines;
Maintains contact with individuals within and outside of agency who might impact on programs and services;
Monitors all mental health activities for conformance with relevant state and federal licensure and other statutes, regulations and/or policies;
Enforces mental health services polices and agency administrative directives;
Coordinates with human resources to ensure hiring, retention, training and promotion of qualified staff;
Provides ongoing performance feedback and evaluations and initiates and enforces progressive discipline when necessary;
Represents the Commissioner regarding mental health lawsuits;
Provides expert testimony in court;
Determines eligibility for mental health parole;
Participates on various committees and boards;
Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
May provide mental health consultation and direct care to offenders requiring second opinions;
May participate in quality assurance studies and investigations;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
and ability to apply management principles and practices;
relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
agency policies and procedures;
principles, practices, and issues of psychiatry and medicine with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of offenders;
recent developments in field of psychiatry and medicine;
Knowledge of administration and clinical operations, functions and systems involving mental health service delivery;
oral and written communication skills;
Considerable ability to teach and provide clinical supervision.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Five (5) years of experience in a hospital, clinical setting or correctional facility as a board-certified psychiatrist.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a supervisory capacity or as a leader of programs and processes.
Incumbents in this class must possess an unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b (f).
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(21)-Medical, Dental, Veterinary Medicine
(01)-Officials and Administrators
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Chief Mental Health Officer (DOC) in Salary Group MD 20 approved effective April 1, 2022. (Revised to adjust Salary Group) Item No. 22-081