Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Recruitment #221025-5023SH-002


Are you a registered interpreter with the State of Connecticut?
 Do you possess a National Interpreting Certification? 
If so, this is the position for you! 

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. 

The DMHAS, Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC) is currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.  This role is located at 500 Vine Street in Hartford, CT.  This position 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 100979.

CRMHC is a community based mental health center serving Hartford, West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Canton and Simsbury providing individuals with behavioral health services.  CRMHC collaborates with the greater Hartford DMHAS-Funded mental health programs comprising 15 non-profit agencies located in Hartford and West Hartford.  These agencies work together to provide a comprehensive array of behavioral health services to adults with serious psychiatric disabilities as well as co-occurring psychiatric illness and substance use. 

In this role you will discover the opportunity to: 

  • Serve as interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing persons who are CRMHC staff and persons who are applying for or receiving services; 
  • Facilitate communication by providing complex manual and/or oral interpreting services; 
  • Provide voice to sign and sign to voice support; 
  • Translate sign language as used by hearing impaired clients into spoken English;
  • Provide communication bridge between staff professionals, i.e., counselors, doctors, nurses, therapists, and deaf patients; 
  • Serve as interpreter between deaf and hard of hearing staff, clients, and DMHAS with outside agencies; 
  • Provide a communication bridge in the treatment and care planning of clients;
  • Accompany clients to treatment activities in facilitation of communication between staff and clients; and
  • Interpret a variety of verbal and written instructions, and converse using American Sign Language (ASL). 
We participate in a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan, as well as paid time off! We offer outstanding work-life balance and limitless opportunity!

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 Doreen Clemson at or 860-785-9855.


In the Department of Aging and Disability Services, or other state agency, this class is accountable for serving as an Interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.


DEARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES (ADS): In the Bureau of Aging and Disability Services central office and regional offices, Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind, Bureau of Disability Determination Services or ADS administrative offices, serves as interpreter to deaf and hard of hearing professional staff in telephone calls, at meetings, training and conferences and in conduct of routine agency business in an agency program working a set schedule; may interpret for hearing staff and/or consumers to facilitate communication; performs related duties as required.
STATE AGENCIES: Serves as interpreter for deaf and hard of hearing persons who are agency employees, persons who are applying for or receiving services from a State agency and in-patients and/or out-patients; provides a communication bridge between staff professionals, i.e. counselors; doctors, nurses, therapists and deaf patients; provides a communication bridge in the treatment and care planning of patients; accompanies patients to treatment activities and assists in facilitation of communication between staff and patient; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of all forms of interpreting for the deaf and hard of hearing; familiarity with National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to establish and maintain harmonious relations with those contacted in the work; ability to utilize computer software.


Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a National Interpreting Certification and be a registered Interpreter with the State of Connecticut in accordance with Sec. 46a-33a of the Connecticut General Statutes.


Experience with the deaf culture.
Experience with American Sign Language.
Experience withe direct service in a community-based care program.
Experience and training in substance abuse treatment best practice models.
Experience in working with a diverse team.
Experience working with the hearing impaired and deaf clients.


1. Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license. At the time of appointment candidates may be required to have a motor vehicle driving history satisfactory to the Commissioner or Commissioner's designee.
2. Incumbents in this class will be required to travel.



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