Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Children and Families Behavioral Health Clinical Manager

Recruitment #210105-1455MP-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) is seeking to fill a highly skilled and qualified Children and Families Behavioral Health Clinical Manager position at our Albert J. Solnit Center – North facility in East Windsor Connecticut.  This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, Monday - Friday position.  

Are you passionate about serving the children and families of CT in need?  Are you ready to lead a team of professionals in achieving the Agency's mission? Read on! We want to hear from you!  

Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center–North Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) for adolescent boys between the ages of 13-18.  The Solnit Center provides comprehensive care to adolescents with complex psychiatric profiles who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.  

Solnit Center mission is Caring, Healing and Teaching --Partnering with youth, families and communities to build hope and create equitable opportunities.  We are widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of youth with complex psychiatric profiles.  At the Solnit Center, we treat our youth and each other with dignity and respect.  It is in this relational, cultural and gender-sensitive surrounding that our therapeutic milieu is based. Interdisciplinary teams develop, implement and continually assess individualized treatment plans.  

You will discover the opportunity to: 

  • Ensure that the clinical care of youth admitted to the PRTF complies with facility procedures and meet professional best practice standards;
  • Maintain compliance with Joint Commission Standards and Medicaid (CMS) accreditation; Provide oversight of the clinical care of youth admitted to the PRTF;
  • Monitor and analyze outcomes;
  • Provide an assessment of the efficacy of practice improvement initiatives and prepare reports inclusive of data for presentations;
  • Manage and supervise staff and programs;
  • Serve as a liaison between the facility and numerous stakeholders both within the agency (e.g., Regional Office leadership) and outside the agency (e.g., Juvenile Court, CSSD, advocates).

Selection Plan

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

Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening and specify their qualifications on their 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 officially submit your application into the JobAps system.  

Applicants invited to interview may be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s). These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc. at the discretion of the agency.  

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQ’s) 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.  

This posting may be used for future vacancies.  

The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.  

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Julie Barker, at


In the Department of Children and Families Bureau of Behavioral Health this class is accountable for overseeing multiple statewide clinical behavioral health services programs and services.


Plans, coordinates, and manages multiple functions for an array of statewide programs and services; collaborates with administrative officials in development and implementation of policies and procedures; accountable for agency compliance with standards established by outside monitoring agencies; develops, implements and evaluates goals and objectives; monitors and evaluates work performed by subordinates; responsible for recruitment, selection and retention of department or discipline staff; interprets and administers pertinent laws; acts as liaison within and outside facility with individuals and groups who impact on program activities; assures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations; promotes cultural diversity in workplace and assures client rights; identifies, plans, implements and evaluates training and development of staff in response to identified needs; independently analyzes complex problem situations 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/or other hearings; may oversee grant, budget or contract preparation; performs related duties as required.


Considerable knowledge of and ability to apply management principles and techniques; considerable knowledge of and ability to develop strategic plans; considerable knowledge of behavioral health policies and systems; considerable knowledge of principles, practices and issues of behavioral health care; considerable knowledge of recent developments in designated field and ability to translate knowledge into practice; considerable knowledge of the behavioral challenges facing children, adolescents and families; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public and/or health care administration; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable analytic skills; considerable ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts; considerable ability to collaborate within agency, department, state, community and constituents; ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; ability to plan for collection, analysis and integration of data; ability to interpret standards of monitoring agencies and contracts; ability to lead and direct a multi-service and program operations.


Six (6) years professional experience in behavioral health care.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at a managerial level directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services for children/adolescents and families.

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.


Preference will be given to candidates who possess:

  • Experience supervising clinical staff in the implementation of therapeutic interventions for youth with complex psychiatric profiles and their families; 
  • Experience with Joint Commission accreditation;
  • Experience with Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement initiatives;
  • Experience analyzing and reporting data to inform improvement strategies;
  • Experience collaborating with community-based provider agencies and local systems of care;
  • Experience supervising trauma-responsive services within a therapeutic milieu.


  1. Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, or clinical or consulting psychologist.
  2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



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.