Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Staff Psychiatrist (40 Hour)

Recruitment #191231-6187RZ-001


Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference and do what you are passionate about and receive personal fulfillment?  Do you bring experience providing direct psychiatric care to youth hospitalized and leading interdisciplinary treatment teams? If you are that candidate, then the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center is looking for you to be a part of their team.  

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families seeks a qualified individual for a Staff Psychiatrist position. This is a full-time, forty (40) hours per week, first shift, Monday – Friday position in the Solnit Hospital and will also provide on call psychiatric coverage to the Solnit Hospital and the PRTF units.  

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center – South Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric facility for Connecticut’s children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus at 915 River Road, Middletown, CT 06457. 

The center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.  The south campus consists of four coed hospital units and three female adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility cottages (PRTF). The Solnit Center facilities support our dedication to helping youth improve their individual and social competencies.  

The State of Connecticut offers a hybrid retirement plan where new employees may elect to participate in the State Employees Retirement System which provides a retirement benefit, including retiree health insurance.  Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year in addition to pro-rated vacation, pro-rated sick and pro-rated personal leave accruals.

Selection Plan

Please include a resume within the "Resume" tab on your application.

For questions regarding this posting please contact: Martina Gillespie,, (860) 704-4224.


In a state agency this class is accountable for providing psychiatric treatment services to patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders.


Provides 24 hour direct care psychiatric services to specified groups of patients and facility programs as scheduled including on-call and weekend coverage; examines, diagnoses and treats patients with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders; develops and monitors integrated treatment plans; makes rounds and attends treatment team meetings to check on care and progress of patients; prescribes appropriate medications; prescribes, conducts and administers group, individual and family psychotherapy and other forms of specialized therapy; interviews, examines and admits patients to treatment; performs physical examinations; coordinates treatment with other therapeutic programs; provides clinical expertise to treatment teams; performs discharge planning; performs basic risk assessment and participates in risk management planning; participates in staff conferences, committees and meetings; provides input into program planning; maintains accurate, up to date medical records and prepares required reports according to hospital policy and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) and Health Care Financing Authority (HCFA) standards; acts as liaison to hospital and/or community based providers; may provide clinical direction to other disciplines; may conduct or take part in research projects; may attend court hearings as a state witness; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of methods and principles of behavioral health medicine; knowledge of current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; knowledge of recent developments in field of psychiatry and substance abuse; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to examine for, diagnose, assess and treat patients with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders; ability to prescribe and conduct psychotherapy, medications and other treatments specific to psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; ability to analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-rays and other medical and/or psychological reports and findings; ability to maintain accurate patient records and charts.


Graduation from an Accredited Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) psychiatric residency program.


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 obtain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology within five years of appointment to this class OR demonstrate continued competency and proficiency in the practice of psychiatry by successfully completing an established agency program.
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 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.

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