Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Mental Health Superintendent 1


Recruitment #220914-5701MP-001


Are you passionate about caring for our most vulnerable population? Are you looking for the next step in your career? If so, we invite you to learn more about an exciting opportunity with River Valley Services!

We are seeking a qualified Mental Health Superintendent 1 (PCN 26348) to help lead our teams. This role will be located at our offices at 351 Silver Street in Middletown. This is a full time, 40 hours per week, first shift role. The work schedule is from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

River Valley Services (RVS) is a community mental health center serving Middlesex County and the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme. Our goal is to provide the highest quality crisis intervention, case management, and residential and clinical services to adult citizens, 18 years of age and older, who suffer from serious mental disorders and who lack the financial means to secure such services in the private sector. Services are directed at improving clients’ quality of life and fostering dignity, ability, and recovery. We are dedicated to promoting a complete and responsive service system for our clients and others in need. All persons receiving services from River Valley Services have the right to culturally appropriate mental health and addiction services consistent with their communication needs and personal preferences. Translation and interpreter services are available at RVS.


  • Plan, develop and implement clinical and recovery programming at RVS in accordance with policies established by the governing body 
  • Participate in planning and development of regional mental health service systems
  • Participate in policy and subcommittee meetings 
  • Preside, establish and monitor procedures for the RVS facility 
  • Confer with visitors, relatives and professional consultants regarding clients and facility practices 
  • Formulate policies, develop and monitor programs and operations 
  • Ensure conformance of system procedures and programs with relevant statues and regulations and collective bargaining agreements 
  • Direct preparation and management of budgets 
  • Assure continued facility accreditation by the Joint Commission
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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
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
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  • 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 Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.
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In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, this class is accountable for developing and directing the clinical and administrative programs and operations of a mental health facility, hospital or community mental health center.


Plans, develops, and directs clinical and administrative program at a mental health facility, hospital or community based mental health center in accordance with policies established by the governing body; participates in planning and development of regional mental health service systems; participates in policy and subcommittee meetings; presides at administrative conferences with department heads to formulate policies to meet regional needs; develops and monitors programs; establishes and monitors procedures for facility; confers with visitors, relatives, and professional consultants regarding patients/clients and agency practices; insures conformance of all facility procedures and programs with relevant statues and regulations; directs preparation and management of budget in conjunction with department heads; assures continued facility accreditation by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals; performs related work 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 behavioral health policies and systems; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public and/or health care administration; considerable knowledge of managed health care systems; considerable knowledge of mental health program planning and development; knowledge of quality assessment and/or improvement techniques and accreditation body standards; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to collaborate within department, state, community, and agency constituent groups; ability to analyze fiscal data and prepare budgets.


A Master's degree or higher in a health related field and at least six (6) years of managerial experience in hospital, health, or mental health administration.


  • Experience as an Executive leader in a hospital or large healthcare network
  • Experience leading The Joint Commission (TJC) surveys
  • Experience in Clinical Leadership within the Behavioral Health framework
  • Experience with large scale project implementation such as Electronic Health Record implementation, establishing new or expanded programs
  • Experience standardizing policies and processes across multiple facilities


1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess the appropriate current license in one of the following areas: clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, clinical psychologist, alcohol and drug abuse counselor, medicine, or psychiatry.



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

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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.