Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Chief Operating Officer

Mental Health Superintendent 1

Recruitment #211101-5701MP-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) seeks an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Chief Operating Officer (Mental Health Superintendent 1).  This position is located at 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT.  This is a full-time, forty (40) hour per week position. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The position number is 117927. 

WFH specializes 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. 

As part of WFH leadership team you will: 

  • Administer and coordinate agency behavioral health and/or health care services including overseeing clinical and administrative staff and operations; 
  • Serve as key executive team member responsible for participating in development, implementation and evaluation of agency policies, goals and objectives; 
  • Oversee design and development of programs and activities consistent with agency policies, direction and priorities; 
  • Recommend and prioritize operational policies and priorities to the Chief Executive Officer to accomplish specific goals to assure provision of appropriate services; 
  • Determine appropriate staffing levels and direct management and coordination of staff; 
  • Design and implement staff performance review standards; 
  • Serve as agency liaison with external regulatory, behavioral health planning and advisory groups and other state regulatory service agencies; 
  • Develop mechanisms and processes to ensure appropriate linkages between planning, policy and operations, staff and functions; 
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations and maintain accreditation by the Joint Commission; and 
  • Direct staff in interacting with Office of Attorney General and other regulatory bodies as necessary. 
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. 

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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. 

In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application 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, transcripts, diplomas, 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 or (860) 785-9855.  


In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, this class is accountable for developing and directing the clinical and administrative programs and operations of a mental health facility, hospital or community mental health center.


Plans, develops, and directs clinical and administrative program at a mental health facility, hospital or community based mental health center in accordance with policies established by the governing body; participates in planning and development of regional mental health service systems; participates in policy and subcommittee meetings; presides at administrative conferences with department heads to formulate policies to meet regional needs; develops and monitors programs; establishes and monitors procedures for facility; confers with visitors, relatives, and professional consultants regarding patients/clients and agency practices; insures conformance of all facility procedures and programs with relevant statues and regulations; directs preparation and management of budget in conjunction with department heads; assures continued facility accreditation by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals; performs related work 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 six (6) years of managerial experience in hospital, health, or mental health administration.


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 social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, clinical psychologist, 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.

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