Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chief Executive Officer

Mental Health Superintendent 2

Recruitment #210412-5702MP-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 you dedicated and committed to improving the lives of others? Do you want to make an impact while participating in a dynamic health care environment in the public sector? If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our Leadership team committed to the goal of making a difference in individuals with mental health and/or addiction challenges. 

The DMHAS, Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH), currently seeks qualified individuals for the position of Mental Health Superintendent 2 (Chief Executive Officer) located in Middletown, CT. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position.  The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with on-call and on-site responsibilities.  The position will require travel throughout the state.  The position number is 127360.  

You will discover the opportunity to:    

  • Be responsible for running a maximum security state hospital; 
  • Provide leadership in the planning, development and directing of all clinical, administrative and support services programs in accordance with policies and procedures established by the Commissioner; 
  • Ensure that the hospital is at all times aligned with current state and federal guidelines; and
  • Provide the necessary leadership required to maintain accreditation by regulatory bodies such as the Joint Commission. 

We specialize 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.     

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We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off!  We encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees.

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.   

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

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.  

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. 

Applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies.

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 at or (860) 785-9855.


In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Correction, this class is accountable for developing and directing the clinical and administrative programs and operations.


Directs the clinical and administrative programs and operations of the facility or community mental health center.


Plans, develops and directs clinical and administrative program in accordance with policies established by Commissioner; participates in planning and development of mental health systems; participates in policy and subcommittee meetings; presides at administrative conferences with department heads to formulate policies to meet needs; develops and monitors programs; confers with visitors, relatives and professional consultants regarding patients/clients and agency practices; insures conformance of all procedures and programs with statutory laws governing patients/clients with mental illness; directs preparation of budget in conjunction with department heads; directs and coordinates with department heads tasks necessary to maintain accreditation by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals; performs related 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 managed health care systems; considerable knowledge of mental health program planning and development; knowledge of quality assessment and/or improvement techniques and accreditation body standards; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to collaborate within department, state, community and agency constituent groups; ability to analyze fiscal data and prepare budgets.


A Master's degree or higher in a health related field and at least seven (7) years of managerial experience in hospital, health, or mental health administration.


Our ideal candidate will possess experience in the following: 

  • Interagency and/or interdisciplinary collaborations; 
  • Behavioral Health Systems and Forensic Services; 
  • Policies, procedures and programming of state agency departments including Corrections, Children & Families, Developmental Services; Criminal Court, Court Support Service System and law enforcement;
  • Working in federal, state or local government settings; and 
  • Communicating, writing and presenting to variety of audiences including senior government officials, business executives, law enforcement, and the public. 


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess the appropriate current license in one of the following areas: clinical psychology, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, clinical psychology, alcohol and drug abuse counselor, medicine or psychiatry.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.