Medical Records Specialist 2


Recruitment #220802-5619CL-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 looking for a role that can make daily impact on the lives of others? If so, we encourage you to apply today! The Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) is seeking a qualified Medical Records Specialist 2 (PCN: 97751) to work within our Quality Management department. This position is a full time, 40 hour per week, first shift role. The position has a work schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This role is located at 401 West Thames Street in Norwich.


  • Maintain a client-related database
  • Generate monthly census reports
  • Audit medical records
  • Perform Health Information Management including collection, analysis, storage and protection of medical records
  • Disclose medical records in compliance with HIPAA regulations
  • Track releases through electronic health record.  
Southeastern Mental Health Authority (SMHA) is a community mental health agency operated by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS). Its primary goal is to provide high quality behavioral health services to those in our community with mental health and substance use disorders who are 18 years or older and reside in New London County and its surrounding towns. Services, which include case management, outpatient behavioral health, crisis intervention, respite care, and forensic services, are recovery oriented and offered in a trauma informed and culturally sensitive manner. We support individuals to identify and achieve their own goals in recovery, fostering independence, dignity, and ability. 

Our employees participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, and a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We encourage a healthy work/life balance to all employees.

Selection Plan

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

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In a state medical institution or facility medical records department this class is accountable for performing the most complex tasks associated with maintaining medical records and medical records coding activities.


Performs highly technical duties in establishment, retention and maintenance of a filing system of medical records such as daily admissions and discharges, daily census, case histories, results of diagnostic tests, medical summaries, abstracts and signed releases of information; ensures compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC) and Title XIX standards; prepares records for clinicians use; analyzes medical records and contents for completeness and quality; prepares medical and statistical reports (patient diagnostic and demographic information, census log, discharge information, etc.); may microfilm medical records; may attend probate court hearings and give testimony; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of basic medical terminology and human anatomy; knowledge of medical coding principles and techniques with particular emphasis on International Classification of Disease Adopted procedures; knowledge of The Joint Commission (TJC) medical records standards; knowledge of principles of statistical data tabulation; knowledge of office systems and procedures; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to maintain medical records and prepare reports; ability to utilize computer software.


Five (5) years of experience in the maintenance of medical records and preparation of statistical reports.


One (1) year of the General Experience must have been as a Medical Records Specialist 1 or its equivalent.


  • Experience using Microsoft Excel to sort and filter data
  • Experience using Access to run queries and generate reports
  • Experience in Health Information Management chart analysis
  • Experience with both paper and electronic records
  • Experience preparing reports for State and Federal Agencies
  • Experience obtaining/disclosing medical records


Persons having responsibility for supervising or observing the behavior of inmates or custodial clients will be required to possess a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certification by the time of permanent appointment.



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