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.
Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC) is a community based mental health center, operated by the DMHAS, which provides an array of innovative clinical and community support services to individuals with a psychiatric disability, in many cases with co-occurring problems of substance abuse. Our mission is to partner with persons in recovery to ensure access to high quality and culturally competent person-centered behavioral healthcare services.
The Forensics Services Division provides behavioral health services, including consultation, screening , comprehensive assessment/evaluations and treatment to individuals involved with the Criminal Justice system. The primary focus is the identification of treatment needs and the delivery of appropriate treatment services, with a major emphasis on preventing or limiting criminal justice system involvement to the extent possible, and to promote individual and public safety.
We are seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Nurse Clinician for the Forensic Outpatient Program located at 500 Vine Street in Hartford. This a full time, 40 hour per week position with a work schedule of Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. The position control number is 26907.
In this role, discover the opportunity to:
- Provide psychotherapeutic care and individual, group and family counseling with minimal supervision;
- Provide supervision to Acquittees under the auspices of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) including weekly meetings with Acquittees, reviewing conditions of Memorandum Of Decision, maintaining regular contact with all service providers and residential providers, monthly room inspections, review of sign out logs, conducting random urine drug screenings, conducting random breathalyzers, writing monthly reports for those on Transitional Leave, and documenting in an electronic health record system;
- Attend monthly treatment planning meetings at Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH) and conducting engagement visits at WFH twice per month;
- Provide testimony at PSRB hearings;
- Monitor treatment provided by clinical staff and residential sites;
- Provide transportation to/from WFH and within the community for Acquittees; and
- Conduct a weekly group called PSRB Community Transition Group.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
- 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.
FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
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 DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- 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 www.ct.gov/ethics.
Connect With Us:
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process.
- Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Pamela Rochette via email at Pamela.Rochette@ct.gov.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Children and Families and Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Correction Inmate Health Services this class is accountable for conducting individual, group or family therapy, performing clinical assessments, history taking and mental status examinations.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Elicits and records health history of client and/or patient; performs initial assessment using observation, interviews, inspection, auscultation, palpation and percussion; leads or co-leads psychotherapy groups or family therapy with other professionals; assesses, develops, implements and evaluates a written client and/or patient treatment plan for individuals and/or families; provides clinical supervision regarding assessment and intervention of crisis situations; counsels clients and/or patients and families about illness, medication and health habits; documents all care given; refers complex or emergent conditions to a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist according to predetermined guidelines; may perform some emergency medical treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, treatment for shock or hemorrhage and treatment for emotional crises; may prescribe medication; may order laboratory tests as needed to discriminate between normal and abnormal findings on physical examination; may provide individual therapy; may perform mental status examinations; may lead multidisciplinary teams; may provide clinical supervision for ward milieu including writing ward and/or unit treatment programs; may assist in training students and health professionals; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of psychiatric nursing processes with emphasis on clinical interviewing and individual, group and family psychotherapy; considerable knowledge of current modalities of treatment available for psychiatric patients with emphasis on interdisciplinary team approaches; considerable knowledge of theories and treatments of mental illnesses; considerable interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to observe changes in patient behavior; ability to make inferences and differential nursing diagnoses based on data available.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Four (4) years of experience as a professional nurse.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a psychiatric setting in supervised individual, group and/or family therapy.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. A Bachelor's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.
2. Master's degree in nursing may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience providing supervision to clients who are coping with significant legal and psychiatric issues and or clients who are under the jurisdiction of PSRB;
- Experience working with psychiatric medications including the administration, tracking and monitoring their efficacy; and
- Experience documenting clinical data into an electronic medical record.
1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license as a registered professional nurse in Connecticut.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
4. Within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, incumbents in this class who write medications must have a current license as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse issued by the Department of Health.
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.