Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Behavioral Health Clinical Manager

Recruitment #200203-6215MP-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.

River Valley Services (RVS) is currently recruiting for one (1) Behavioral Health Clinical Manager to oversee and manage Forensic Services and a (10) bed specialized Transitional Residential Program. This position is first shift, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position entails managing the day-to-day administrative and clinical operations of a (10) bed specialized Transitional Residential Program and Forensic Services at River Valley Services.  This position will require evening and weekend administrative on-call coverage to provide clinical consultation and direction related to risk issues, clinical needs, staffing issues, critical incidents and overall program needs. 

The specialized Residential Program provides intensive community-based services to adults transitioning from hospitalization to the transitional residential program.  The program provides intensive community-based support services as a step-down from the hospital.  The program is designed to teach life skills, provide rehabilitative services and ongoing support to better prepare individuals for successful re-entry to their communities.  The transitional program provides intensive supports to help individuals overcome barriers to successful community-based placements and decrease the cycle of hospitalizations. These adults have severe and complex behavioral health conditions and often complex medical conditions. This position also entails administrative and clinical supervision of the Jail Diversion Program, Veteran’s Jail Diversion Program and ASIST Program which provides services to justice involved individuals in the Middletown Court who are experiencing behavioral health and/or substance-related conditions.  These programs collaborate closely with the court system to link individuals to needed treatment programs. 

Other duties include: management and monitoring of program budget including overtime costs and program expenditures.  The Clinical Manager is responsible for functions including hiring, disciplinary action, supervision, performance improvement plans, training needs, staff education and training and performance evaluations. 

The State of Connecticut offers a comprehensive benefits package, as well as an emphasis on a harmonious work/life balance!

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact the recruitment unit, DMHAS HR Ms. Miriam Lopez at or 860-262-5358.


In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Developmental Services, this class is accountable for directing a clinical division, a clinical discipline or a clinical program within a specified geographic area.


Manages the staff and operations of a clinical program, discipline or specialized area; coordinates, plans and manages program activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in the development and implementation of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; monitors and evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of program budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of program who might impact on program activities; ensures program compliance with standards established by outside monitoring agencies; participates in grant and contract preparation and administration; manages the recruitment, selection and retention of program staff; ensures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations; promotes cultural diversity in workplace and ensures client rights; identifies and plans training and development needs; analyzes problems at program level and takes appropriate action; initiates workforce planning and monitors staff utilization to meet identified goals; prepares or oversees preparation of reports; investigates and responds to critical incidents; may represent program in grievances and hearings; may perform clinical duties; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of principles, practices and issues of behavioral health care; considerable knowledge of resources available to client population; considerable knowledge of agency policies and procedures; knowledge of behavioral health policies and systems; knowledge of recovery principles and practices; knowledge of resources available to client population; knowledge of principles and practices of public and/or health care administration; knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to influence actions of others; ability to negotiate, mediate, and resolve conflicts; ability to analyze and synthesize information; ability to collaborate within program, department, agency, and community; ability to interpret standards, contracts and regulations.


Four (4) years of professional experience in Behavioral Health Care and a Master Degree in a clinical discipline, Public Health Administration, Health Care Administration or Hospital Administration.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been supervising professional staff.

For State Employees, this is interpreted at the level of Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor; Developmental Services Supervisor of Case Management, Nurse Supervisor or Supervising Clinician.


Department of Developmental Services: Incumbents in this class may be required to maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse or psychologist.

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: 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.

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