Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

PSRB/Competency Monitor (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #201103-5392XC-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.  

Are you a self-starter?  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, Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH), seeks an experienced and qualified individual for the position of PSRB/Competency Monitor (PCN 76820) within Whiting Services, Unit 1, in Middletown, CT.  This position will also cover other units as needed.  The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 37.50 hours per week.  This is a hazardous duty position.   

In this role you will:  

  • Assess patients’ competency to stand trial;
  • Collaborate with the Whiting Forensic Hospital treatment teams in restoring patients to competency;
  • Provide individual and group-based competency education; and
  • Prepare reports and testify in court regarding patients’ competency to stand trial and other forensic issues.     

WFH specializes in providing inpatient services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.  The hospital consists of 91 maximum security beds and 138 enhanced security beds.  Services are provided to individuals who are admitted under the following categories: Psychiatric Security Review Board commitment, criminal court order for restoration of competency to stand trial, civil commitment (voluntary or involuntary), and Transfer from the Department of Correction (during period of incarceration or at end of sentence).  Discharge options are dependent on legal status and the purpose of admission.   

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!

Selection Plan

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.  

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.   

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies

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. 

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or (860) 785-9855.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) or the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB), this class is accountable for providing monitoring, evaluation, competency restoration and consultation services involving complex forensic cases.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

At a DMHAS facility, restoration to competency services program, or other PSRB related programs, provides evaluation and consultation services to inpatient treatment teams responsible for providing direct treatment to clients with complex psychological and social problems; initiates consultation and collaboration with other DMHAS staff and mental health providers to assess current services; collaborates with consulting psychiatrists in monitoring and evaluating PSRB and restoration to competency patients, their privileges, and treatment programs; may monitor and evaluate the development of individual patient treatment and/or service plans; monitors and evaluates the ability of community programs to meet statutory mandates; may monitor compliance with PSRB orders; provides consultation and technical and/or clinical advice to community programs, facilities and/or DMHAS staff; performs comprehensive clinical assessments; evaluates patients for risk factors for violence; develops data for statistical and planning systems and/or research and publication; prepares statutorily required six-month reports, competency status reports and other clinical or special reports for the PSRB; testifies before and responds to questions at PSRB hearings or at state Superior Courts; compiles current clinical statistics for PSRB, court clinic or competency restoration; represents program or agency during hearings or serves as a liaison with other community agencies and resources; may provide in-service educational presentations concerning PSRB/Competency services and the means to access them; may present information on mental illness, mental health and forensic issues and services, and PSRB to family members, treatment teams, and community employers, residential programs, and medical or mental health treatment providers; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of and ability to instruct others about theories of human behavior, current diagnostic categories of mental illness, family dynamics, substance abuse and human sexuality; considerable knowledge of social, cultural, economic, political, religious, medical, psychological and legal issues which influence behavior of clients, families, service programs, and society at large; knowledge of statutes, regulations and standards relating to mental health, and the PSRB; knowledge of state law governing professional standards for their respective disciplines; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to independently apply in practice current psychiatric treatment modalities including but not limited to behavioral, cognitive, object-relations, crisis intervention, and psychosocial rehabilitation approaches; ability to integrate theory and case material in assessing and devising comprehensive treatment and/or service plans for difficult and/or complex cases; ability to collaborate with in- and outpatient treatment teams; ability to effectively lead interdisciplinary meetings and arrive at a consensus.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Master’s Degree in a mental health or related health care discipline and three (3) years of experience providing assessment, treatment planning, and direct treatment services to persons with severe and prolonged psychiatric disabilities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to Spanish-Speaking applicants.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits during employment in this class.
2. 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.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to have ability in Spanish oral and written communications in designated positions.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to be a certified substance abuse counselor.
5. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Incumbents in the 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.