Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Psychiatrist (DMHAS)

Recruitment #190927-6184RW-002



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 currently seeking a full-time experienced Principal Psychiatrist (DMHAS) (77580) to help clinically lead our Clinical Services Program (outpatient), a meaningful role for our agency. This is a full-time, (40) hours per week, position. The work schedule is as follows: Monday through Friday - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. On-call is also available on a rotating basis.

The DMHAS, Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS), with three locations throughout Fairfield County, promotes and administers comprehensive recovery oriented services in the areas of mental health treatment and substance abuse prevention and treatment. These services include inpatient treatment programs and outpatient clinical services, as well as a wide range of additional supportive treatment services.

We are located in the Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center, 1635 Central Avenue, Bridgeport. The City of Bridgeport is situated in Fairfield County at the mouth of the Pequonnock River on Long Island Sound. Near the towns of Trumbull to the north, Fairfield to the west, and Stratford to the east.

Do you love the city? If so, discover the opportunities the Bridgeport area has to offer: Just a 90 minute car ride or hour by train to New York City. Several hospitals including Yale New Haven, Bridgeport Hospital and St. Vincent's Medical Center. A variety of universities including Yale, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, Bridgeport, and New Haven.

In addition to a variety of medical and dental plans, the State of Connecticut offers new employees participation in a hybrid retirement plan which provides a retirement benefit, that may include retiree health insurance.  Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals.

Selection Plan

Are you a self-starter? Do you have a passion for supporting others? Do you want to make a difference 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 Joint Commission accredited hospital as an integral part of our Inpatient Services Division. Our facility provides comprehensive inpatient treatment services to clients with a range of psychiatric issues.  This treatment is performed in a safe, supportive and highly structured hospital level of care, with emphasis on community re-entry.

In this role you will:

  • Meet criteria for appointment to the SWCMHS psychiatric medical staff and meet all requirements for the granting of psychiatric clinical responsibilities/privileges as per the Medical Staff By-laws;
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team, which is comprised of psychiatry, nursing, clinicians, rehab and case managers;
  • Serve as the leader of the treatment team and oversee the care of approximately 10-15 patients and participate in planning, documentation, performance improvement and discharge planning. 

Discover the opportunity to:

  • Provide initial and ongoing psychiatric evaluation, psychiatric diagnosis, risk assessment and, psychopharmacologic management and treatment consistent with diagnosis and psychiatric symptom presentation;
  • Provide individual, group and family psychotherapy when indicated and in accordance with the client’s treatment plan;
  • Order and review the results of laboratory blood-work and consult with a medical APRN, internist and/or medical specialist when clinically indicated;
  • Assist with programming choices based on a person centered care and recovery approach and participating in coordination of services with community providers as needed;
  • Coordinate treatments with other therapeutic programs as needed and participates in staff meetings, as well as, represent medical staff in organizational committees at the discretion of medical director;
  • Develop and monitor integrated treatment plans, maintain accurate up-to-date medical records according to relevant policies and regulations;
  • Prepare required reports according to hospital policy, Joint Commission and other regulatory standards.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Andrew Pebley, or (860) 262-6946.


In a state agency this class is accountable for providing clinical administrative/supervisory functions and/or direct care psychiatric services as a board certified advanced clinician.


Provides 24 hour supervision to specified groups of patients and facility coverage as scheduled including on-call coverage and weekend coverage; makes rounds and provides direct care and clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary treatment teams; coordinates work of medical staff with related programs; reviews treatment plans, clinical records, diagnoses, and patient discharge plans for adherence to policies and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) and Health Care Financing Authority (HCFA) standards; provides education and training as indicated, e.g. grand rounds and case conferences; assigns, oversees and evaluates work of staff and on-site night duty physicians and/or psychiatrists; conducts and/or participates in meetings on clinical and administrative policy, research programs, clinical program development and treatment techniques; assesses, examines and evaluates patients for admission or discharge; assesses, examines, diagnoses and prescribes appropriate medications and other biologic and psychosocial treatments for patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; performs advanced level risk assessments; consults on difficult and/or complex cases; develops and implements QA and/or QI process improvement initiatives; prepares and/or reviews reports, medical records and correspondence; performs utilization review and management functions; attends court hearings as a state witness; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of methods and principles of behavioral health medicine; considerable knowledge of current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; considerable knowledge of recent developments in field of psychiatry and substance abuse including treatment models and best practices; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to examine for, diagnose, assess and treat patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; considerable ability to prescribe and conduct psychotherapy, medications and other treatments specific to psychiatric and substance abuse disorders; ability to develop a collaborative group practice environment with other psychiatrists, physicians and members of interdisciplinary teams; ability to analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-rays and other medical and/or psychological reports and findings; administrative/supervisory ability.


Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or board certification in Adult or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut. A temporary license may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year.
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 possess and retain certification as a specialist in an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
5. 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.

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