Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Physician (DMHAS)

Recruitment #200103-4663RW-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 Principal Physician (DMHAS) (PCN 105375) to join our Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), Administrative Services Support Division – Ambulatory Care Services. The work schedule is Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., full time, 40 hours per week.

Located in Middletown, CT (1000 Silver Street), we are easily accessible off of Route 9!

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? If so, we have an exciting opportunity to work with us!

In this role you will be:
• Assigned patients to examine, evaluate and diagnose, and prescribe indicated treatment and preventative procedures;
• Responsible for acute medical emergencies on the psychiatric inpatient units.

Discover the opportunity to:
• Provide acute and chronic patient care;
• Complete admission and annual history and physical examination of all patients in a timely manner;
• Write progress notes at the frequency specified by policy in addition to incidental notes;
• Conduct medical screening of patients on admission;
• Participate on medical staff committees;
• Actively participate in the patients’ treatment plan;
• Coordinate clinical care with the unit psychiatrists;
• Send appropriate referrals to specialists within and outside of the CVH to ensure adequate patient care;
• Coordinate transfer of medical care with outside providers.

Selection Plan

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the 'Resume Tab' of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Individuals considered for interview will be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.

Questions about this recruitment should be directed to Robert Paolitto;, (860) 262-5867.


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


Provides 24 hour medical supervision to specified groups of patients and facility coverage as scheduled including on-call 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, medical 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; conducts and/or participates in meetings on medical and administrative policy, research programs, medical program development and treatment techniques; assesses, examines and evaluates patients for admission or discharge; monitors the use of special treatment procedures; assesses, examines, diagnoses and prescribes appropriate medications and other biologic treatments; consults on difficult and/or complex cases; develops and implements QA/QI process improvement initiatives; prepares and/or reviews reports, medical records and correspondence; perform utilization review and management functions; attends court hearings as a state witness; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of methods and principles of medicine and surgery; considerable knowledge of current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of patients with medical illness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders; considerable knowledge of recent developments in field of medicine 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 illnesses and substance abuse disorders; considerable ability to prescribe medications and other treatments specific to medical illness, mental illness and substance abuse disorders; ability to develop a collaborative group practice environment with other physicians, psychiatrists and members of interdisciplinary teams; ability to analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-ray reports and other medical reports and findings; administrative/supervisory ability.


Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification in the field of internal medicine, family medicine, or related specialty, from an appropriate medical specialty board.


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 may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in addictions medicine from the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
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 travel.
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.