Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Psychiatrist (DMHAS)

Recruitment #201103-6184RW-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.

Are looking to make an impact on the lives of young adults with behavioral health disorders? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join and be a part of our vibrant and dynamic psychiatric team! We seek an experienced and qualified individual for a meaningful role as a Principal Psychiatrist to join the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS), within the Young Adult Services (YAS), Outpatient (PCN: 125911).

The YAS program is designed to provide age appropriate, clinical and residential support services to young adults with behavioral health disorders between the ages of 18-25, providing intensive recovery oriented services that take into account developmental processes, the impact of traumas, and family issues. YAS provides a wide range of services including clinical, employment, educational and rehabilitative support. YAS is designed to prevent these consumers from being “lifelong members” of the mental health service systems. Persons referred for services come through the Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System Community Outreach and Engagement Service or through the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Office of the Commissioner’s central referral process. In both instances, these are usually youth who have been in residential treatment through the Department of Children and Families, in foster care, and/or in the juvenile justice system.
YAS services include:
  • Intensive Community Supports;
  • Clinical Services;
  • Residential Supports;
  • Community Support Program;
  • Educational Services;
  • Vocational Services;
  • Psychiatric/Medication Services;
  • Social Rehabilitation.
This position is located at 1635 Central Avenue in Bridgeport, CT 06604, (PCN: 125911). It is full-time, 40 hours per week position, with a work schedule of Monday -Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. Voluntary on-call coverage and weekend coverage is available at additional reimbursement.

In this position you will discover the opportunity to:
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team, which is comprised of psychiatry, nursing, clinicians, rehab, internists, medical specialists and case managers; 
  • Lead all aspects of the treatment team in the care of approximately 10-15 patients and participate in planning, documentation, performance improvement and discharge planning;
  • Assist with programming choices based on a person centered care and recovery approach;
  • Participate in coordination of services with community providers, as well as, other therapeutic programs. 
Connecticut offers you and your family access. Access to the finest schools in the nation, beautiful weather year round and recreational activities to fit each season. Bridgeport is only a short 60 miles north of Manhattan. However, a trip to the mountains and or the coast is just a brief trip away. The city of Bridgeport boasts a rich, and sometimes quirky, history - like being home of the Frisbee and the first Subway store - and offers fun family events, like:
  • Catching a Sound Tigers Hockey Game; 
  • Visiting Discovery Adventure Park and Museum & P.T. Barnum Museum; 
  • Go to the Beardsley Zoo; Enjoy varying Artists, Makers, Art Supporting Organizations and Galleries; 
  • Access to a complete array of food offerings and restaurants for every appetite.
We can also offer peace of mind with our benefits package. As a new state employee we offer a variety of medical and dental plans and participation in a hybrid retirement plan which provides a retirement benefit, that may include retiree health insurance. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, as well as, vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. CME credit through onsite grand rounds and trainings is available. *In addition to the base annual salary, you may be approved for a recruitment incentive of up to $30,000.

Check out the following video about Psychiatry within DMHAS:

Selection Plan

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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. Due to the volume of applications anticipated, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be provided through your JobAps portal account. 

Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation, which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  

Please Note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.  

Should you have questions regarding this recruitment please contact Andrew Pebley at or (860) 785-6185.


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


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


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


Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or board certification in Adult or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


Our preferred candidate will have:

  • Experience treating individuals with severe and persistent mental illness;
  • Experience with Medication Assisted Treatment of substance use disorders and specifically opiate use disorder.


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 must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
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.