Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

DMHAS Assistant Medical Director

Whiting Forensic Hospital

Recruitment #190913-2732MD-001



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

We are seeking a dynamic full-time DMHAS Assistant Medical Division Director (PCN 114345) to become a member of our Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH) - Whiting Service leadership team. You will report to the hospital Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and oversee the staff of our Ambulatory Care Services (ACS).

Located in Middletown, CT, we are easily accessible off of Route 9. You will work Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM, 40 hours per week.

Do you have a passion for community? Are you dedicated and committed to improving the lives of others? Do you want to make an impact while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our Leadership team of individuals committed to the goal of making a difference in individuals with mental health and/or addiction challenges.

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Work in collaboration with members of the medical leadership team to coordinate and oversee patient care;
  • Handle the ACS and be responsible for the overall quality and safety of medical care provided to patients residing in both the Whiting maximum security and Dutcher enhanced security services;
  • Meet regularly with the ACS medical staff to assign, manage and evaluate assignments including the provision of education and training as indicated, e.g. grand rounds and case conferences;
  • Consult on difficult and/or complex cases and attend court hearings as a state witness.

In this role you will:

  • Work with the CMO to ensure resource allocation and discharge planning is appropriate;
  • Conduct and/or participate in meetings on medical and administrative policy;
  • Complete regular audits of treatment plans, medical records, and discharge summaries to ensure adherence to hospital policies regarding the quality and safety of patient care and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) standards;
  • Administer the implementation of QA/QI process improvement initiatives by the medical staff within the service;
  • Prepare and/or review reports, medical records and correspondence.

Selection Plan

The State Employees Retirement System Tier IV. It also offers excellent health benefits along with additional supplemental benefits.

Please ensure that your application is complete as you will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Julianne Wheeler, DMHAS HR, (860) 262-5868 or


In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, this class is accountable for assisting in the administration of agency medical, clinical and behavioral health services programs and operations, within a hospital division.


Assists in the direction of staff, services and programs of a designated hospital, facility, regional medical area or behavioral health program; assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, goals, and objectives to ensure conformance with agency mission, goals, objectives and statutory provisions; assists in development of programs and activities including development of medical service standards and criteria; implements new procedures and procedural revisions; determines or assists in determination of appropriate staffing levels and directs or assists in management and coordination of staff; implements staff performance review standards; maintains contact with individuals both within and outside of agency who might impact on programs and services; administers state and federal regulations pertaining to medical and psychiatric health care programs, services and operations; participates on various committees and boards; may testify in court as needed; may conduct training; may assist medical director in development, implementation, and evaluation of agency wide policies, goals, and objectives; may be responsible for coordination of accreditation activities; may serve as agency liaison with external medical, behavioral health planning, advisory groups, courts, and other state medical and service agencies; may monitor contracts with medical services vendors; may participate in quality assurance studies and investigations; may develop processes and practices to improve quality and cost of patient care; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of principles, practices, and issues of medicine and psychiatry with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health patients; considerable knowledge of recent developments in the field of psychiatry and medicine; knowledge of administration and clinical operations, functions, and systems involving medical 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, clinic or correctional facility as a board certified psychiatrist.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess a 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 must 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 and retain a faculty appointment at either the Yale School of Medicine or the UCONN School of Medicine.
  6. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
  7. Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.



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.