Behavioral Health Program Manager

Recruitment #220526-1450MP-001


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 hospital’s team! 

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 Office of the Commissioner (OOC) is searching for a qualified candidate for the position of Behavioral Health Program Manager. The reporting location is 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CTThis position is full-time, first shift, 40 hours weekly, with a work schedule of 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Some evening hours may be needed depending on various requests. There is an on-call component (Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network assets may be requested during evening, night and weekend hours if a disaster event occurs). The position number is 133035. 

In this role, you will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following: 
  • Day-to-day administration of CT’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network, a major initiative of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the CT Department of Children and Families established after September 11, 2001.   
  • Maintain the readiness of Connecticut’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network (CT-DBHRN), the statewide behavioral health infrastructure for disaster preparedness. 
  • Recruit and train behavioral health professionals interested in serving as DBHRN team members and ensure those interested in joining meet the required criteria before joining. Select and interface with the regional team leads to orient them to their leadership roles and related duties
  • Oversee the collection/management of the DBHRN database pertaining to the five regional teams and team member database 
  • Interface with team members to facilitate team-building, reinforce their role as team members, and sustain their commitment to serve 
  • Serve as the disaster behavioral health liaison to the Connecticut public and private partners involved in ongoing planning, training and exercising related to disaster preparedness and response capacity/capability. 
  • Represent the disaster behavioral health discipline on statewide/regional/ local workgroups, standing committees, ad hoc taskforces convened by preparedness partners. 
  • Provide subject matter expertise and educate preparedness partners regarding the importance of including disaster behavioral health in response activities
  • Direct and implement statewide behavioral health coordination and liaison activities before, during and after a disaster/mass casualty requiring the activation of DBHRN assets. 
  • Work with regional leadership to identify and deploy DBHRN assets in accordance with the request/agreed upon mission. Throughout the period of the deployment oversee day to day operations, liaise with state command, regional team leads and DBHRN leaders on the ground to facilitate the coordination of overall operations.
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work. 

Selection Plan

This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. 
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
  • Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. 
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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.


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.


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.


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.


  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.


  • Experience working with individuals experiencing trauma response resulting from adverse events
  • Experience with program coordination and administration
  • Experience interpreting and implementing federal, state, and agency laws and regulations
  • Experience working with communities directly impacted by mental health and substance use 
  • Experience analyzing performance trends and suggesting improvement techniques


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



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.