Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

DMHAS Assistant Division Director


Recruitment #221115-0975MP-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. 

re 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 Assistant Division Director to assist in the oversight of 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 84959. 

CVH boasts a rich history first opening its doors over 150 years ago in 1868. As the State’s public hospital, we provide treatment of mental illness and currently comprise of 18 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). In our operational framework, recovery is defined as a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life in the fullest sense. Recovery is an individualized patient-centered approach. Achieving and maintaining an optimal state of health and wellness is integrated in our recovery approach. Individuals acquire and practice life skills that will assist them in their recovery process.  

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. 

In this role you will discover the opportunity to: 

  • Join a leadership team passionate about improving the lives of individuals recovering from mental illness and substance use; 
  • Be responsible for directing clinical and administrative services; 
  • Ensure GPD compliance with internal standards and external standards (i.e., The Joint Commission, Centers dor Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMMS), etc.);  
  • Monitor staff utilization to meet GPD's goals; and 
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.   
What’s in It for You Comprehensive Benefits

  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage;
  • Extensive pension planand supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave; 
  • 12 paid holidays per calendar year; 
  • Professional growth and development opportunities;
  • Outstanding work-life balance!  
Do you want to be a part of a dynamic team of caring professionals and make a difference in the public sector?  If so, apply today to Make an ImpaCT!  Check out the video below! 

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.
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  • 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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In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Valley Hospital, Division of General Psychiatry and Addiction Services and the Whiting Forensics Hospital, this class is accountable for directing multiple clinical programs and administrative and/or support operations.


Directs staff and operations of multiple clinical programs of a major division of a state hospital; coordinates, plans and manages division activities; formulates program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development and implementation of related policy; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of division budget; maintains contacts with individuals within and outside division and hospital who might impact on program activities; ensures division compliance with monitoring agencies; takes lead role in strategic planning of division; assists with development and implementation of treatment program performance standards; assists in coordinating accreditation and/or certification activities for division; assists with development, implementation and evaluation of division workforce plan; ensures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations; identifies, plans, implements and evaluates staff training and development needs; promotes cultural diversity in workplace and ensures clients rights; monitors staff utilization to meet division goals; investigates and responds to critical incidents; may represent division in grievances and hearings; may oversee grant, budget or contract preparation; performs other 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 behavioral health policies and systems; considerable knowledge of principles and practices of public and/or health care administration; considerable knowledge of recovery principles and practices; considerable knowledge of recent developments in designated field and ability to translate knowledge into practice; considerable knowledge of and ability to develop strategic plans; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable analytical skills; considerable ability to negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts; considerable ability to manage staff in a clinical in-patient setting; considerable ability to collaborate within department, agency and community; ability to establish and manage multiple priorities; ability to plan for collection, analysis and integration of data; ability to interpret standards, contracts and regulations.


GENERAL PSYCHIATRY AND ADDICTION SERVICES: Seven (7) 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.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at a managerial or supervisory capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services. This includes the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff. 


  1. This capacity is interpreted as planning, supervising, organizing, directing and/or controlling resources of a major subdivision of an agency or organization.
  2. For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor or above.


Our preferred candidate will possess the following: 

  • Experience supervising clinical professionals in an inpatient mental health facility.
  • Experience working in a union enviroment. 
  • Experience overseeing the operations of a psychiatric division.


Incumbents in this class must maintain the 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.

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