Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Clinical Social Worker (35 Hour)

Recruitment #190910-0966HC-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an intergrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.  

The DMHAS, Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC) 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT is currently recruiting for a Clinical Social Worker, in the Jail Diversion Law & Psychiatry Unit, located in the New Haven Court House at 121 Elm Street, New Haven, CT.  This position is 1st shift, full-time, 35 hours per week 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m with a 1 hour lunch break.

The selected candidate will conduct evaluations of persons arrested, formulate a treatment and referral plan and follow the client through the legal disposition of the case providing liaison and consultation with treating clinicians and referral services.  The Clinical Social Worker will make referrals to appropriate treating agencies, presenting the case in court and to officers of the court, as well as Department of Correction (DOC), Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), CMHC, area emergency rooms and YPI.  Attendance is required at state wide diversion meetings, liaison with the New Haven Court Clinic and with CVH on competency to stand trial orders and restoration reports, follow-up on veteran diversion when DMHAS is involved, initial risk screening through standard risk assessment tools, writing of emergency certificates for immediate evaluations at the area ED, coordination of treatment plans with treating clinicians, consultation with family members, DOC, and community services to provide collateral for treatment planning, referral and case planning and integration of services with the CMHC Community Forensic Services Team.  

NOTE: Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the 'Resume Tab' of your application.  You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.  Individuals considered for interview will be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.

Questions regarding this recruitment should be directed to Andrew Pebley, or (203) 974-7434.


In a state agency behavioral health program, as part of a multi-disciplinary team at one or more locations this class is accountable for independently providing clinical social work services.


As a member of multi-disciplinary clinical team or within a network of community based behavioral health services develops psychosocial assessments through clinical interviews with assigned clients and families which include consideration of developmental, social and/or cultural, substance abuse, psychological, environmental and medical issues; develops treatment plans including measurable treatment objectives; provides clinical treatment services in form of triage, crisis intervention, individual, group and/or family therapy, screening and planning; advocates and develops networks of social and clinical services to assist clients in meeting identified needs; monitors and evaluates effectiveness of treatment plans, documents treatment in clinical records; completes reports in accordance with agency and accrediting bodies; consults and collaborates with other behavioral health providers to improve delivery of services to clients; provides forensic evaluations and court testimony as required; maintains social work treatment and standards as required; may participate in research projects; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of social work methodology, casework, group work and community mobilization; knowledge of family and interpersonal relationship dynamics; knowledge of values, sanctions, purposes and ethics of professional social work; knowledge of social, cultural, economic, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence attitudes and behaviors of clients and families; knowledge of mental illnesses and approaches to treatment; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to devise and implement a treatment plan with measurable goals that address client needs; ability to independently apply current psychiatric treatment modalities to address client needs.


Licensure as a clinical social worker in the State of Connecticut.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice clinical social work pursuant to Sec. 20-195 (m) through (r) of the Connecticut General Statutes.
  2. 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).
  3. Incumbents in this class may be required to have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in certain designated positions.
  4. Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in certain designated positions.
  5. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.



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.