Behavioral Health Clinical Director


Recruitment #240220-6214MP-001


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The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as a Behavioral Health Clinical Director (PCN 141465) at Connecticut Valley Hospital. This position is a senior management/leadership position within the Addiction Services Division and may oversee various aspects of care delivery, operations, staffing, etc. in both the Middletown and Hartford Campuses. Find out more information on this great opportunity below!

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service. Click here for more information.
  • A healthy work/life balance!
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  • Overseeing and managing 1115 Demonstration Waiver requirements to include: operational oversight, quality/compliance, development of care delivery systems to support standards, management of resources, coordination between disciplines and between stakeholders, development and implementation of policy and practice, evaluation of staff compliance, facilitate training/education as necessary.
  • Overseeing and developing an efficient and effective admissions and screening department which includes both the Middletown and Hartford campuses. Develops policies and practices to support operations and appropriately manage bed utilization (i.e. census & capacity).
  • Supervising and managing supervisory staff of lower class and direct care staff to ensure compliance with care, treatment and management expectations and policy and procedures.
  • Collecting, analyzing data, and developing appropriate processes to improve care and care delivery systems.
  • Developing relationships with key stakeholders to improve and enhance admission process, treatment, and aftercare/discharge planning.


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 integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) opened in 1868 as the State’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness. Throughout its history, it has experienced the multitude of medical, social and political changes affecting such facilities. In 1995, the Governor and General Assembly through a statewide restructuring of services for persons with psychological and addiction disabilities called for a renewed commitment to specialized treatment at CVH by expanding community options for patients and staff while closing two other hospitals and consolidating inpatient services here. The hospital became the amalgamation of four formerly freestanding psychiatric hospitals, four freestanding substance use disorder treatment facilities, and one maximum security hospital. Then in 2010, the former Cedarcrest Regional Hospital (with 2 campuses – Cedar Ridge campus in Newington and Blue Hills campus in Hartford) consolidated services with CVH. Today, CVH is comprised of 17 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford).

The Addiction Services Division (ASD) is comprised of 2 campuses (Merritt Hall, Middletown & Blue Hills, Hartford).  We provide two separate levels of care at both campuses. Acute detoxification provides care for individuals who are experiencing acute withdrawal from substances. Intensive treatment is available for those who need structure and education in order to start their recovery process.

  • Merritt Hall campus currently has 80 beds (with plans to expand) and offers 4 units: 2 co-ed rehabilitation units, 1 co-ed detoxification unit and a screening/ admission department. 
  • Blue Hills campus has 42 beds and includes 3 units: 1 co-ed detoxification unit, 1 co-ed rehabilitation unit and a screening/admission department.

Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
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  • Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


In the Departments of Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for directing multiple clinical programs in a facility or Local Mental Health Authority or directing statewide clinical support services and programs in the Central Office.


  • Directs staff and operations of multiple functions for a division;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages program activities;
  • Formulates program goals and objectives;
  • Develops or assists in development and implementation of related policy;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws;
  • Evaluates staff;
  • Prepares or assists in preparation of division budget;
  • Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of division who might impact on program activities;
  • Ensures agency compliance with standards established by outside monitoring agencies;
  • Directs recruitment, selection and retention of department or discipline staff;
  • Ensures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations;
  • Promotes cultural diversity in workplace and ensures client rights;
  • Identifies, plans, implements and evaluates staff training and development needs;
  • Analyzes complex problems and takes appropriate action;
  • Initiates workforce planning and monitors staff utilization to meet identified goals;
  • Investigates and responds to critical incidents;
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of reports;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May represent facility in grievances and hearings;
  • May oversee grant, budget or contract preparation;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • behavioral health policies and systems;
    • principles and practices of public and/or health care administration;
    • recent developments in designated field and ability to translate knowledge into practice;
    • recovery principles and practices;
    • resources available to client population;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • clinical skills;
    • analytical skills;
  • Considerable ability to
    • develop strategic plans;
    • negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts;
    • manage staff in a clinical in-patient and outpatient setting;
    • collaborate within department, agency and community.


A Master's degree in a clinical discipline, public health administration, health care administration or hospital administration and six (6) years of professional experience in behavioral health care.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or supervisory capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services including the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff.  

NOTE: For State Employees, this is at the level of Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor.


Incumbents in this class must maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, psychologist or alcohol and drug counselor.



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


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.