Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

DMHAS Hospital Division Director

CVH Director of Addiction Services

Recruitment #211121-7801VR-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, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH), seeks a qualified individual for the position of DMHAS Hospital Division Director (CVH Director of Addiction Services) to oversee the clinical programs and operations of the Addiction Services Division (ASD).  This position is located at 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT. It is full-time, 40 hours per week, with a work schedule of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The position number is 102312. 

ASD is comprised of 2 campuses (Merritt Hall, Middletown & Blue Hills, Hartford).  We provide two separate levels of care at both campuses. Acute detoxification provides care for individuals who are experiencing acute withdrawal from substances. Intensive treatment is available for those who need structure and education in order to start their recovery process. 

  • Merritt Hall campus has 110 beds and offers 5 units: 2 male rehabilitation units, 1 STAR (all female rehabilitation unit), 1 co-ed detoxification unit and a screening/ admission department. 
  • Blue Hills campus has 42 beds and includes 3 units: 1 co-ed detoxification unit, 1 co-ed rehabilitation unit and a screening/admission department. 
The Hospital Division Director will report to the Chief Executive Officer and provide leadership and administrative direction to an interdisciplinary treatment team of mental health professionals. 

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Oversee the development of programs and activities for a diverse population of mental health clients with various levels of treatment needs and comorbidities; 
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations pertaining to psychiatric health care programs, services, and operations; 
  • Participate in developing processes and practices to improve quality and cost of patient care; 
  • Chair and/or participate in any risk management committee within ASD (i.e., Division Review Committee); and 
  • Prioritize patient care while assuring employees follow hospital procedure and protocols. 
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 state in-patient hospital this class is accountable for directing a major in-patient mental health, substance abuse,or forensic treatment division with multiple clinical programs and administrative and/or support operations.


Administers staff and programs of a major division at a state hospital; plans, develops, directs and manages all clinical and administrative programs and functions; ensures conformance and compliance with agency mission, goals, and objectives; serves as member of executive team in development, implementation and evaluation of policies, goals, objectives and strategic plan; develops and implements treatment program performance standards; develops, implements and evaluates program policies, goals and objectives; coordinates accreditation and/or certification activities for division; develops, implements and evaluates division or Local Mental Health Authority workforce plan; interprets and administers pertinent laws and regulations; acts as liaison within and outside of facility with individuals and groups who impact on program activities; prepares and monitors division budget; promotes cultural diversity in workplace and assures client rights; represents divison/hospital/agency in grievances and/or other hearings; may investigate and respond to critical incidents; 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 and ability to develop strategic plans; considerable knowledge of behavioral health policies and systems; considerable knowledge of principals, practices and issues of behavioral health care; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public and/or health care administration; considerable knowledge of managed care systems; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts; considerable ability to collaborate within hospital, department, state, community and agency constituent groups; ability to establish and manage multiple priorities.


Eight (8) years of professional experience in Behavioral Health Care and a Masters Degree in a clinical discipline, Public Health Administration, Health Care Administration or Hospital Administration.

WHITING FORENSIC: Eight (8) years of professional experience in Forensic Behavioral Health and a Masters Degree in a clinical discipline, Public Health Administration, Health Care Administration or Hospital Administration.


Four (4) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services. This includes the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff.

For state employees, this is at the level of a Mental Health Services Clinical Manager 1/Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Behavioral Health Manager or above.

NOTE: Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and monitoring a budget.


Our ideal candidate will possess the following: 

  • Current State of Connecticut license as a Clinical Social Worker, Registered Nurse or Clinical Psychologist. 
  • Clinical and managerial experience in an addiction setting. 
  • Experience managing in a union environment.    


Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse or clinical psychologist.



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.