Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Behavioral Health Clinical Director

Recruitment #200817-6214MP-001


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. 

Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector?  If so, we want you to join us!

The DMHAS, Office of the Commissioner (OOC) seeks an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Behavioral Health Clinical Director within the Health Information Technology (HIT) Division.  The position number is 106766.  We are conveniently located at 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 40 hours weekly. 

The HIT Division oversees the Electronic Health Record (EHR) for DMHAS.  The DMHAS utilizes a system called Web Infrastructure for Treatment Systems (WITS).  The WITS system is specifically designed for mental health and substance abuse services.  DMHAS implemented this system in August 2014 at all of its State-Operated Inpatient and Outpatient facilities.  

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Oversee the state-operated WITS system for DMHAS including working with users to provide training, troubleshooting, assessing the need for system enhancement;
  • Work with each DMHAS facility to understand all other systems and electronic tools used in the provision of care; 
  • Serve as Project Manager for implementation of new systems and other programmatic needs; and
  • Act as a resource to all DMHAS facilities as it relates to HIT.
Our employees participate in a generous and competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the “Resume Tab” of your application as 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. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson, (860) 262-7116 or


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 central office.


Directs staff and operations of multiple functions for a division; coordinates, plans and manages 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 both 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; may represent facility in grievances and hearings; may oversee grant, budget or contract preparation; performs other duties as required.


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


Six (6) years of professional experience in Behavioral Health care and a Master's Degree in a clinical discipline, Public Health Administration, Health Care Administration or Hospital Administration.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at a managerial capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services. This includes the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff. For State Employees, this is at the level of Behavioral Health Clinical Manager.

Note: Managerial experience is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and/or monitoring a budget.


  • Experience leading a large, complex project implementation team using Project Management tools; 
  • Lean experience or training; 
  • Working knowledge of Corporate Compliance, Regulatory and Accreditation requirements and standards;
  • Knowledge of operating and/or creating an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system within a hospital setting;
  • Proficient with Microsoft Project, Word and Excel; 
  • Clear understanding of a technical implementation working with both clinical and IT staff; and 
  • Knowledge and understanding of database structure and reporting.


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.