Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Community Clinician (35 Hour)

Recruitment #200923-0967HC-001

Introduction

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 have a passion for supporting others?  Do you want to make a difference while participating in a dynamic and reciprocal health care environment in the public sector?  If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team!   

The DMHAS seeks qualified individuals for the position of Community Clinician within River Valley Services (RVS). Location: Young Adult Services (YAS), 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 06457.  This is a full-time 35 hours per week position.  The schedule is first shift, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The position number is 126036.   

YAS provides clinical case management and supported employment services for individuals aged 18-26, responding to the specific developmental challenges of this age group.   

Discover the opportunity to:  

  • Function as a member of the YAS clinical team, offering services to young adults with serious and complex behavioral health and co-occurring substance use disorders who are in need of community support; 
  • Deliver both traditional and non-traditional clinical case management services which include individual, family and group counseling, outreach, engagement and skill building; 
  • Provide rehabilitative interventions that include assistance with budgeting, entitlements, daily living skills, social skills, problem solving techniques, housing, employment, hygiene and personal care, medical/dental care and life skill development; 
  • Identify and facilitate use of appropriate support networks and development of natural supports; 
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to develop and implement recovery plans and documents accordingly in the medical record as required;
  • Prepare incident and accident reports; and
  • Act as a role model and assist staff in crisis intervention techniques. 

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, 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).

This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications - as listed on the job opening - will be considered for this role, as determined by qualifications stated on the submitted application.

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error. 

Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume within the "Resume Tab" of your application.  You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.       

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

Questions regarding this recruitment should be directed to Doreen Clemson at (860) 785-9855 or Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov.  

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, community based behavioral health program, this class is accountable for providing clinical assessment and evaluation of treatment programs for an on-going primary caseload of clients for a behavioral health treatment team.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Functions primarily to implement treatment plans for clients on caseload; provides case management services to clients; assists clients in linking with community support systems and agencies; monitors clients progress within mental health and community support systems; performs intake, evaluation and assessment of treatment programs under supervision of a licensed independent practitioner; participates in counseling sessions; provides education and training to clients in community living and activities of daily living skills; monitors clients medication compliance and coordinates meetings with team psychiatrists or nurses as necessary; provides appropriate interventions to clients in crisis including outreach, counseling and/or referral to other service providers; completes all required documentation related to client treatment in accordance with established procedures; may transport clients to and from appointments; may assist in development of treatment plans for new clients; may administer medication; may provide nursing consultation and/or input; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of behavioral health counseling techniques; knowledge of social work methodology, casework, group work and community mobilization; knowledge of family dynamics and dynamics of interpersonal relationships; knowledge of social, cultural, economic, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence attitudes and behaviors of clients and families; knowledge of community resources available to individuals and families; knowledge of approaches to treatment; knowledge of psychotropic and addiction medications; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to prepare clear and concise reports and case histories.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor’s degree in a health care field and two (2) years of experience working independently using clinical case management techniques in a Behavioral Health setting.

Note: Case management is defined as primary responsibility for the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and assessment of client progress towards meeting treatment objectives as outlined in an approved treatment plan.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. A Master’s degree in counseling, psychology or other clinical discipline may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.

2. A current Connecticut license as a registered professional nurse and two (2) years of experience working in a psychiatric setting may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.

3. A Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and two (2) years at or above the level of a Mental Health Assistant 2 independently performing the full range of paraprofessional case management in a Behavioral Health setting may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to candidates who possess:

  • Experience working with young adults;
  • Experience with outpatient mental health;
  • Experience and knowledge of Community Support Program Fidelity;
  • Experience with co-occurring disorders; and
  • Experience performing Case Management work.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain licensure or certification in designated positions.

2. Incumbents in this class may be required to be a certified substance abuse counselor.

3. Incumbents in this class may be required to have knowledge of sign language and communication ability with the deaf and hearing impaired in designated positions.

4. Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communication in designated positions.

5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive clients.

Conclusion

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.