DMHAS Hospital Division Director (Office/On-Site)

CVH Director of General Psychiatry

Recruitment #220803-7801VR-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 General Psychiatry) to oversee the clinical programs and operations of the General Psychiatry Division (GPD).  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 84266. 

GPD serves a diverse patient population in a number of specialized treatment programs. Services are patient-centered and delivered within a therapeutic, safe and professional health care environment.  The individual’s potential for growth and change is the priority. 

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 GPD (i.e., Division Review Committee); and 
  • Prioritize patient care while assuring employees follow hospital procedure and protocols. 
At CVH, individuals receive services that assist them to better manage their illnesses, achieve personal goals, and develop skills and supports that lead to living the most constructive and satisfying lives possible. 

What’s in It for You - Comprehensive Benefits

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave including 12 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and
  • Outstanding work-life balance for all employees!
Our vision is to promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe and caring environment. 

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Selection Plan

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

To Apply:
  • 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.
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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 division/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 Master's 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 Master's 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 preferred candidate will possess the following: 

  • Management experience in an inpatient mental health facility.
  • Experience leading a diverse group of professionals with varying degrees of clinical experience. 
  • Experience managing within 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.