Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Health Program Assistant 1 (40 Hour)

Office/On-Site

Recruitment #221109-4404FP-001

Introduction

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, Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS), seeks a qualified individual for the position of Health Program Assistant 1 to join their team.  This position is assigned to the Community Outreach and Engagement Services Unit (COES) located at Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center (GBCMHC), 165 Central Avenue in Bridgeport, CT. This position is full time, 40 hours weekly. The work schedule is 1st shift, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The position number is 27748. 

This position is open to DMHAS employees only. 

SWCMHS is responsible for the oversight and management of contracts with private not-for-profit agencies providing mental health and substance abuse services to adults with behavioral health disorders who are indigent. 

The COES is the “front door” for community-based services in Bridgeport. The Unit coordinates streamlined access to the most appropriate and effective services within SWCMHS.  COES provides community outreach, triage, diagnostic and evaluation services, homeless outreach services, short-term treatment services, employment services, peer support, and referrals to community providers.  COES is the initial point of entry into the SWCMHS, manages admission to all SWCMHS programs and is designed to quickly identify an individual’s needs and refer them to the appropriate level of care either within SWCMHS or in the community. 

Discover the opportunity to: 

  • Work together in a collaborative team environment; 
  • Work with a wide variety of professionals; and
  • Provide support to improving the lives of the population we serve. 
As a state employee, we offer the same competitive benefits you are accustomed to. We encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!


Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening you must be a current State of CT employee of the agency listed above for at least six (6) months of full-time service or full-time equivalent service, absent any applicable collective bargaining language, and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.

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 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 Doreen Clemson at Doreen.Clemson@ct.gov, 860-924-7053.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state health program or project this class is accountable for assisting in the compilation and interpretation of fiscal and programmatic data and statistics, development and implementation of program plans, grant management and monitoring.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Subject duties vary considerably depending on nature of program and current stage in its life cycle; typical examples of duties performed at this level include: assists in preparation of sections of state health plans; gathers fiscal, programmatic, census or other kinds of needed data from federal, state and other sources; compiles statistics and may do some less complex calculations and interpretations; assists in reviews of program grant requests and monitors fiscal and programmatic performance of grants using agency regulations and guidelines; assists in preparation of program objectives and evaluation of program results; may serve a task force or committee; may answer general informational questions for the public and prepare information for distribution; may serve as a liaison between program or project and specific people or organizations for purpose of keeping information flowing; may assist in epidemiologic investigations; performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Knowledge of purposes, plans, objectives and programs of public health agencies including changing patterns of preventive medicine and environmental health; knowledge of state and community organizations and programs involved in health field; considerable oral and written communication skills; interpersonal skills; ability to conduct independent research, develop and gather data.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of experience in a professional capacity in a health organization. A health organization is defined as a large multi-dimensional agency with responsibility for administering health programs.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED

1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in public health, health education, hospital administration or public administration or other closely related field may be substituted for the General Experience.
3. For State Employees one (1) year as a Health Services Worker and a Bachelor's degree or three (3) years as a Health Services Worker may be substituted for the General Experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with Medicare/Medicaid and private medical insurance benefits and entitlements.
  • Experience with social security administration policies and procedures.
  • Experience gathering and processing fiscal, programmatic, and other data sources from a variety of sources around benefit acquisition.
  • Experience processing fiscal and programatic billing for inpatient benefits on insured individuals.
  • Experience serving as a liaison with case managers, conservators, providers and attorneys on matters related to benefits.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

Conclusion

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.



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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.