Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Health Program Assistant 1 (40 Hour)

Recruitment #220112-4404FP-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. 

The DMHAS, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) seeks qualified individual for the position of Health Program Assistant 1 within our Patient Central Services Division, Ambulatory Care Services (ACS). This position is located at 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT.  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 130897.  This position is open to DMHAS employees only. 

ACS is responsible for the coordination and delivery of primary care medical services, including preventive medical care, to patients through the assignment and supervision of primary care providers. In addition, this department provides the following clinical services: employee health, pharmacy, infection control, dentistry, dietetics, speech pathology, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry, neurology, nephrology and dialysis.  ACS also coordinates the delivery of services provided by outside consultants and contracted services, such as: clinical laboratory, medical imaging and electrocardiogram services.  Hospitalist Services are provided through a contract with Middlesex Hospital under the supervision of the ACS Department Director and Medical Director. 

Discover the opportunity to: 

  • Assist in preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results (Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention); 
  • Serve on a task force or committee (i.e., Infection Prevention, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Environmental Care); 
  • Answer general informational questions for the public and prepare information for distribution (i.e., Infection Prevention newsletter, training for hand hygiene, donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE), etc.); 
  • Serve as a liaison between programs/projects and specific individuals or organizations in ensuring information is disseminated to the appropriate staff members; and 
  • Assist in epidemiologic investigations. 
As a state employee, we offer the same competitive benefits you are accustomed to. We encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee of the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, who has permanent state status*, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application. 

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent). 

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 Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C). 

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 Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov or (860) 785-9855.  

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state health program or project this class is accountable for assisting in the compilation and interpretation of fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, development and implementation of program plans, grant management and monitoring.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Subject duties vary considerably depending on nature of program and current stage in its life cycle; typical examples of duties performed at this level include: assists in preparation of sections of state health plans; gathers fiscal, programmatic, census or other kinds of needed data from federal, state and other sources; compiles statistics and may do some less complex calculations and interpretations; assists in reviews of program grant requests and monitors fiscal and programmatic performance of grants using agency regulations and guidelines; assists in preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results; may serve a task force or committee; may answer general informational questions for the public and prepare information for distribution; may serve as a liaison between program or project and specific people or organizations for purpose of keeping information flowing; may assist in epidemiologic investigations; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in health field; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct independent research, develop and gather data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of experience in a professional capacity in a health organization. A health organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for administering health programs.

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) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public health, health education, hospital administration or public administration or other closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Services Worker and a Bachelor's degree or three (3) years as a Health Services Worker may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Our preferred candidate will possess the following: 

  • Experience in Infection Prevention practices.
  • Experience in sterilization practices and training in both general and dental environments.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience developing and gathering data.
  • Experience with The Joint Commission (TJC) surveys and Department of Public Health visits. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

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.







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