The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is recruiting for a Health Program Supervisor position within the Practitioner Investigation Unit. Practitioner Investigation Unit (PIU) is part of the Healthcare Quality and Safety Branch of the Connecticut Department of Public Health which investigates complaints to comply with Sec. 19a-14 of the Connecticut General Statutes, which requires and authorizes the Department to investigate complaints against licensed health practitioners. The Nurse Consultant may also conduct on- site inspections of healthcare service sites to observe and assess infection control compliance, or non-adherence to scope of practice issues. The PIU investigates cases based on complaints in the following categories: practice-related, drug-related, boundary violations, sexual misconduct, abuse, fraud, and certain criminal convictions.
The Health Program Supervisor (HPS) investigates cases having the highest priority and sensitivity and supervises staff within the Practitioner Investigations Unit who investigate complaints and alleged violations of state law and regulations by health care practitioners regulated by the Department. The HPS makes recommendations regarding the filing of legal actions based on the evidence collected and potential impact on the public.
The HPS is required to collaborate with Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents, the Office of the Attorney General, and other agencies during an investigation when needed.
Responsibilities will include administering relevant statutes, overseeing, and reviewing work of investigative staff, determining priorities and plans for work unit, testifying at hearings; acting as a liaison with other operating units, agencies, and outside officials regarding the responsibilities of the unit; and providing staff with assistance and guidance related to investigative duties. This position serves as the Department’s liaison to the Health Assistance InterVention Education Network (HAVEN).
The Mission of the Department of Public Health (DPH) is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy, preventing disease, injury, and disability, and promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.
Are you interested in joining our team? We encourage you to apply today! This is a full-time, first shift, thirty-five (35) hour per week position with a typical work schedule of Monday through Friday.
We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! There is opportunity for flexible/alternate work schedule, and some telework is available. We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!
*The salary range may increase effective July 1, 2022.
The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified. This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
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.
Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meet the preferred requirements of the position. 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.
In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
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The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Chelsea Moore at Chelsea.Moore@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In a state health program or project, this class is accountable for supervising professional staff in the implementation of one or more specific health programs for which this class retains full accountability.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
The specific duties and responsibilities of this generic class vary widely, depending on the nature of the program and the point that it is at in the life cycle of the program. Typical examples of duties include the following: schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans program work; establishes and maintains program procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; prepares reports and correspondence; plans, organizes, directs and monitors implementation of one or more specific statewide health programs or projects retaining full accountability for program as functional manager of program(s); supervises or personally handles public relations; estimates costs of a program; develops a budget; controls and reviews expenditures; oversees and negotiates contracts and grants with subcontractors; negotiates and accountable for actively pursuing continuity of funding received by program; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing pattern of preventive medicine and environmental health; considerable knowledge of relationships between risk factors and incidence of health problems; considerable knowledge of changing aspects of social-medical philosophies; considerable knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in field of public health; knowledge of research and design methodologies; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze, evaluate and interpret data; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of professional experience in a health organization.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been at the advanced working level in health care program administration, a health systems agency or other health care organization in at least one of the following areas:
1. grant writing or monitoring;
2. formal program planning, development, management or evaluation;
3. or program consultation.
For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Health Program Associate.
Note: A health care organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for developing 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 health education, hospital administration, public administration or public health may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Program Associate may substitute for the General and Special Experience.
- Experience independently conducting investigations on a variety of regulated health care professionals. These investigations may have included collecting/securing evidence in the form of statements, documents, records, and exhibits, identifying violations of state and/or federal laws, writing subsequent investigation reports, and maintaining the integrity of the investigative file.
- Experience testifying in formal proceedings
- Experience working collaboratively with other regulatory or law enforcement agencies during the course of investigations
- Experience supervising, leading, or providing guidance to colleagues or others conducting regulatory or other investigations
- Experience evaluating information regarding impaired practitioners to determine their ability to practice safely with or without monitoring
- Experience using computer skills, including MS Word, MS Outlook, and databases
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
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.