Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Regional Mental Health Director (DOC)

Recruitment #180712-2743MD-001


York Correctional institution; 40 hours a week, first shift; available for consultation by staff on off-shifts (nights, weekends, holidays when not on vacation); available as a consultant for the Mental Health Parole Unit on all shifts.

For Department of Correction: Provides administrative and clinical supervision for the care of psychiatric patients for a specific identified sub-division of a larger correctional complex; Role to include, but not limited to t.he following: Primary conduit from the facility for Central Office support; supervising the prescribing staff on day to day work and being available for complex case collaboration/consultation; facilitating supervisory groups with staff to provide clinical guidance over patient care where appropriate; assist the Warden and custody leadership with the coordination of clinical staff to help with behavioral and other risk related issues;  Providing evaluation and guidance to physicians around Probate related matters Evaluations for the AAG’s as either a fact or expert witness; serve as liaison with outside agencies (DCF, DMHAS, DDS, CSSD, etc.) as appropriate for coordination of patient care and transfer of care; liaison with families and attorneys regarding continuum of care from a person in custody's entrance to exit from our system; work as a consultant for the Metal Health Parole Unit for psychiatric concerns; plans, develops, implements and coordinates new service programs; assigns, oversees and reviews the work of prescribing staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations for prescribing staff; determines priorities and plans program work; establishes and maintains program procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; serves as an internal, departmental consultant for complex cases at various sites throughout the department;  evaluates patients/clients level of function and supervises staff in development of individualized treatment plans; actively involved in clinical work in a supportive role or as identified by the Chief Mental Health Officer for DOC; potentially assist with medical students, psychiatry resident, and post graduate psychiatric fellows and APRN candidate training;  addresses professional and lay groups; performs related duties as required. May be required to travel.  

Selection Plan

During the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency. 

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In the Department of Correction, this class is accountable for administering mental health services to offenders and inmates under the care and custody of the agency including offenders assigned to Parole and Community Services supervision, in an assigned region.


Directs staff, services, and programs relating to mental health care in an assigned region; oversees the daily delivery of mental health services to the offender, inmate and parole population; assists with the development and 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 the  mental health services team in the attainment of agency goals and objectives; assists in development of programs and activities including development of  mental health service standards and criteria; implements new procedures and procedural revisions; determines or assists in determination of appropriate  mental health staffing levels to ensure appropriate resource allocation and compliance with collective bargaining agreements and labor laws; monitors  mental health services 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 the hiring, retention, training and promotion of qualified staff; provides ongoing performance feedback and evaluations and initiates and enforces progressive discipline when necessary; ensures  mental health service operations are within budgetary guidelines for region; regulates number of infirmary beds within designated facilities; coordinates offender admissions and transfers due to  mental health necessity; conducts risk management assessment of care including fiscal,  mental health and security issues ensuring quality of treatment; maintains contact with individuals both within and outside of agency who might impact on programs and services; provides expert testimony in court; participates on various committees and boards; may participate in quality assurance studies and investigations; may represents the Commissioner regarding  mental health lawsuits; 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.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of principles, practices and techniques of  mental health with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of offenders; considerable knowledge of recent developments in the field of  mental health; knowledge of administration and clinical operations, functions and systems involving  mental health service delivery; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable organizational skills; considerable analytical skills; ability to teach and provide clinical supervision.


Experience in a hospital, clinical setting or correctional facility as a board certified psychiatrist.


One (1) year of the general experience in a supervisory capacity or leader of programs and processes.


Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry. Subspecialty training in Forensic Psychiatry preferred.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess an unrestricted license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.
  2. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  3. Incumbents in this class may possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b (f).
  4. 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.
  5. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
  6. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.
  7. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  8. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.