Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Behavioral Health Program Manager

Recruitment #211006-1450MP-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. 

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 team! 

The DMHAS, Office of the Commissioner seeks qualified individuals for the position of Behavioral Health Program Manager within the Office of Recovery and Community Affairs.  This position is located at 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.  It is full-time, 40 hours weekly.  The work schedule is 1st shift, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The position number is 130010. 

The Office of Recovery Community Affairs acts as a liaison to people in recovery, their families, friends, and other allies, grassroots and statewide recovery organizations, as well as represents DMHAS in national organizations and events. This office assures meaningful contact, input, and dialogue with diverse representatives of the recovery community and plays a significant role in guiding policy decisions and strategic planning to promote a person and family-centered, recovery oriented, system of care. 



The Behavioral Health Program Manager will be responsible for the programmatic administration of recovery-oriented programs, including overall direction and support of the DMHAS recovery mission, program development and management. 

Specifically, you will discover the opportunity to: 

  • Exercise independent judgement in developing and managing a comprehensive range of peer support, advocacy, and other recovery-focused initiatives; 
  • Collaborate with DMHAS facilities in coordinating mental health and substance use recovery-oriented programs and services across the system; 
  • Work together with statewide behavioral health stakeholder groups on issues related to advocacy, peer supports and recovery; 
  • Provide leadership in establishing and/or enhancing peer-based recovery support functions in state-operated and state-funded services and programs; and 
  • Promote DMHAS’s person and family-centered recovery-oriented system of care. 
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 immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 

All State employees shall follow the guidelines as listed in Executive Orders 13F (3a) and 13G (3a). 

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

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. 

This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 

Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process. 

Note:  At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.  Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. 

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 and Addiction Services this class is accountable for assisting in the management of a statewide program in a geographical area; accountable for assisting in the management of a specific behavioral health program or serving as a clinical team leader.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Provides administrative direction for special programs; assesses staff needs for delivery of services; assists in formulating policy and procedures relating to general administration of a managed service system; develops and maintains appropriate fiscal and programmatic mechanisms to ensure continuity of care to a defined population and appropriate allocation of resources; carries out policies and directives of department; assists in coordinating, planning and managing administrative and/or fiscal and clinical activities; prepares and administers facility and community grant budgets; interprets and administers laws pertaining to program; maintains contact with individuals, groups and other organizations which might impact on program operations; ensures compliance with internal agency and accrediting bodies' standards; trains and evaluates staff; may assume a leadership role for agency system wide program development and administration activities; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public administration; considerable knowledge of principles of mental health treatment and program design; considerable knowledge of managed care system principles and practices; considerable knowledge of clinical treatment methodologies and programs for psychiatric clients; considerable knowledge of community resources; knowledge of assertive treatment programs; knowledge of quality assessment and/or improvement techniques and accreditation body standards; knowledge of relevant federal, state and agency laws and regulations; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and prepare budgets; ability to prepare and administer grants.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Eight (8) years of experience in business or health care administration or program development involving responsibility for financial management, budget development or grants management or professional health care or social services experience.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

  1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) years of experience to a maximum of four (4) years.
  2. A Master's Degree in public or health care administration or a Master's Degree in business administration with a specialization in health services or hospital administration, a Master’s Degree in social work or a Master's Degree in a related health care discipline may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • Self-lived experience in promoting recovery of people with behavioral health needs.
  • Experience in recovery community and participatory inclusion principles, person-centered approaches, and peer recovery supports. 
  • Experience working with communities directly impacted by mental health and substance use. 
  • Experience developing and facilitating training and education in recovery and peer support modalities. 
  • Experience working with culturally diverse groups and communities in various settings (racial/ethnic, LGBTQ+, people who are homeless, and people with mental illness and substance use disorder in urban and rural settings).
  • Experience in peer driven approaches to wellness, mental health and addiction recovery and advocacy. 
  • Experience with public speaking and group facilitation.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses or certifications.

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.