In the Departments of Developmental Services and Public Health this class is accountable for performing as a specialist in developing oral health and dental programs.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES: Serves as a dental services resource to individuals with an intellectual disability or other disabilities and ensures these individuals have access to quality and timely oral health services.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH: Serves as a dental specialist in the development, implementation and/or coordination of statewide oral health programs and initiatives.
Works under the limited supervision of a Director of Nursing 2, a Public Health Services Manager or other employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Performs specialized duties in assuring access to quality oral health and dental services;
Develops, implements, promotes and coordinates statewide oral health programs and initiatives;
Communicates with existing oral health/dental providers including clinics, community based practitioners, hospital based dental departments, dental schools and families to coordinate delivery of oral health/dental care services;
Monitors for quality of oral health/dental services for consumers;
Recruits new oral health/dental providers appropriate for consumer base;
Assists with development of consumer dental standards of care and communicates to providers and families;
Develops a strategic plan to increase access and resources of oral health/dental services;
Develops and maintains a process for oral health/dental providers to consult with agency relative to services, standards, payment and other matters;
Collaborates with University of Connecticut Dental School to maximize resources for treatment of consumers;
Serves as liaison to other operating units, various councils, professional organizations and other external contacts related to oral health/dental care;
Conducts training and provides technical assistance for public and private health care providers and families relative to oral health issues and prevention;
Collects and evaluates data;
May develop grant proposals to aid in access of oral health/dental care;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of
delivery of oral health and dental services for individuals serviced by the agency;
principles and practices of dentistry;
dynamics of persons with multiple disabilities;
oral and written communications skills;
Ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Three (3) years of experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist with some experience working with the types of individuals serviced by the agency.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Connecticut.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(21)-Medical, Dental, Veterinary Medicine
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
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 Dental Services Coordinator (35 Hour) in Salary Group HC 23 approved effective October 18, 2019. (Reviewed for content and revised to modernize format and add an Acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-283