Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Lead Forensic Treatment Specialist (35 Hour)

Recruitment #190408-6616HN-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) seeks qualified individuals for the position of Lead Forensic Treatment Specialist, at the Whiting Forensic Hospital - Whiting Unit 3, 2nd Shift; POSITION # 23957.  This position is location at the Whiting Forensic Hospital located in Middletown, CT.  This is a full-time, Thirty-Five (35) hour per week position.

The work schedule is as follows:  2nd Shift - 2:45PM - 11:15PM
Week 1 Off:  Saturday, Sunday, Thursday
Week 2 Off:  Friday, Tuesday.  

Please ensure that your application is complete.  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

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).


At Whiting Forensic Institute under established security conditions this class is accountable for leading lower level staff in the development and maintenance of an effective therapeutic environment for patients on a unit.


On an assigned unit on a particular shift ensures proper development and maintenance of therapeutic relationships and safe custody of patients; assists in orientation of Forensic Treatment Specialists; implements nursing care and treatment plans through active participation in patient care conferences and by exercising lead responsibility over Forensic Treatment Specialists; accurately observes and reports patient activities and behavior; effectively supervises and implements security regulations; observes, reports and corrects adverse security conditions including unauthorized movement of patients, visitors and staff; takes vital signs; supervises and may participate in patient management on units; after proper training may prepare and administer medication other than controlled substances and perform first aid procedures; may assist in planning and implementation of patient activities programs; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of psychiatric procedures, patient behavior and principles involved in care of the mentally ill; considerable knowledge of modern medical, therapeutic and psychiatric routines, methods and procedures; considerable knowledge of procedures used in safe custody of patients under security conditions; considerable interpersonal skills; ability to lead staff; ability to observe and report patient behavior and reactions; ability to perform basic first aid procedures.


Two (2) years of experience as a Forensic Treatment Specialist.


Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.


In addition to the checking of references and facts stated in the application a thorough character investigation of each candidate will be made. Candidates who do not have good character are not eligible for permanent employment.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain patients, may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from patients and may be exposed to significant mental stress and other extremely disagreeable conditions.



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.