Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Principal Psychiatrist (DMHAS)

Recruitment #210514-6184RW-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 looking to make an impact on the lives of 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!  

The DMHAS, Southwestern Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS) seeks an experienced and qualified individual for a meaningful role as a Principal Psychiatrist within the Clinical Services Unit.  This position is located at Franklin S. Dubois Center, 1351 Washington Boulevard, 5th Floor, Stamford, CT.  It is full-time, 40 hours per week position, with a work schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Voluntary on-call coverage and weekend coverage is available at additional reimbursement. The position number is 86894.  

In this role you will: 

  • Meet criteria for appointment to the SWCMHS psychiatric medical staff and meet all requirements for the granting of psychiatric clinical responsibilities/privileges as per the Medical Staff By-laws;  
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising of psychiatry, nursing, clinicians, rehab and case managers; and 
  • Serve as the leader of the treatment team and oversee the care of patients and participate in planning, documentation, performance improvement and discharge planning.  

The Clinical Services Unit is an outpatient unit, designed for individuals who have a range of clinical needs but tend to require less intensive case management and community-based skills building. Consumers served by Clinical Services work with a licensed clinician who assists them to develop and implement a person-centered, coordinated recovery plan. These clinicians also provide a full range of individual, group and family therapies. 

The vision of the SWCMHS is to provide high quality, compassionate and culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to adults with behavioral health disorders who are indigent.  

In this position you will discover the opportunity to:  

  • Provide initial and ongoing psychiatric evaluation, psychiatric diagnosis, risk assessment and psychopharmacologic management and treatment consistent with diagnosis and psychiatric symptom presentation;  
  • Provide individual, group and family psychotherapy when indicated and in accordance with the client’s treatment plan;
  • Order and review the results of laboratory bloodwork and consult with a medical APRN, internist and/or medical specialist when clinically indicated;  
  • Assist with programming choices based on a person-centered care and recovery approach; 
  • Participate in coordinating services with community providers; 
  • Represent medical staff in organizational committees at the discretion of medical director;  
  • Develop and monitor integrated treatment plans, maintain accurate up-to-date medical records according to relevant policies and regulations; and 
  • Prepare required reports according to hospital policy, Joint Commission, and other regulatory standards.  

Connecticut offers the finest schools in the nation, beautiful weather year-round and recreational activities to fit each season. Bridgeport is in the heart of Fairfield County, which is right across from the border from New York, and has been ranked one of the best counties in America by US News and Reports. However, a trip to the mountains and/or the coast is just a brief trip away.  

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.  Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year as well as vacation, sick and personal leave accruals.  Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit through onsite grand rounds and trainings are available.  *In addition to the base annual salary, you may be approved for a recruitment incentive of up to $30,000.  

We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.    

Check out the video below to learn more about the work of a Psychiatrist at DMHAS!

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.   

The immediate vacancy is listed above, however applications to this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies in the job classification. 

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 Andrew Pebley at Andrew.Pebley@ct.gov or (860) 785-6185.

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

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.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

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.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

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.



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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.