Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Behavioral Health Clinical Director


Recruitment #230117-6214MP-001


Are looking to make an impact on the lives of adults with behavioral health disorders? 
If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join and be a part of our vibrant and dynamic team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Behavioral Health Clinical Director to provide clinical and administrative leadership and supervision to clinical operations for the following programs:
  • Mobile Response Team
  • Respite Program
  • Transitional Housing Program
  • Forensics
  • Crisis Intervention Team 
  • FACILITY: River Valley Services (RVS)
  • LOCATION: 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 40 hours weekly, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • NOTE: This role may require evening and weekend administrative on-call coverage to manage critical incidents and administrative functions
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office/On-Site
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU - Comprehensive Benefits which include: 
  • Industry leading health benefits, including medical and dental coverage; 
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings; 
  • Retirement healthcare offerings; 
  • Accrued vacation, personal and sick leave;
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year;
  • Professional growth and development opportunities; and
  • Outstanding work-life balance!
  • Co-facilitate the Program Management Committee which is charged with the development and implementation of clinical policies and procedures to ensure compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC) and state and local regulations;
  • Collaborate with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer to develop and monitor program budgets, and ensure overtime costs are within budget guidelines;
  • Oversee performance improvement needs with Labor Relations and ensure staff are in compliance with DMHAS policies and labor agreements; 
  • Review and monitor data reports related to productivity, outcome measures and documentation requirements, develop and implement strategies to address any compliance issues; 
  • Lead and direct clinical teams related to DMHAS Initiatives including expansion of services to treat Substance Use Disorders and Alcohol Use Dependent (SUD/AUD);
  • Apply your clinical expertise related to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), stages of change and both traditional and non-traditional clinical approaches to treat people with substance-related conditions; and
  • Apply specialized training in evidence-based best practices related to trauma.

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.

RVS is a community mental health that serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. Our goal is to provide the highest quality crisis intervention, case management, and residential and clinical services to adult citizens who suffer from serious mental disorders and who lack the financial means to secure such services in the private sector.  We offer short term respite residential services, community support programs, a mobile crisis response team, jail diversion programs and various other supportive services. 

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
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 or 860-785-9855.


In the Departments of Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for directing multiple clinical programs in a facility or Local Mental Health Authority or directing statewide clinical support services and programs in the Central Office.


  • Directs staff and operations of multiple functions for a division;
  • Coordinates, plans and manages program 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 of division who might impact on program activities;
  • Ensures agency compliance with standards established by outside monitoring agencies;
  • Directs recruitment, selection and retention of department or discipline staff;
  • Ensures compliance with quality assurance findings and recommendations;
  • Promotes cultural diversity in workplace and ensures client rights;
  • Identifies, plans, implements and evaluates staff training and development needs;
  • Analyzes complex problems and takes appropriate action;
  • Initiates workforce planning and monitors staff utilization to meet identified goals;
  • Investigates and responds to critical incidents;
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of reports;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • May represent facility in grievances and hearings;
  • May oversee grant, budget or contract preparation;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • behavioral health policies and systems;
    • principles and practices of public and/or health care administration;
    • recent developments in designated field and ability to translate knowledge into practice;
    • recovery principles and practices;
    • resources available to client population;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
    • clinical skills;
    • analytical skills;
  • Considerable ability to
    • develop strategic plans;
    • negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts;
    • manage staff in a clinical in-patient and outpatient setting;
    • collaborate within department, agency and community.


A Master's degree in a clinical discipline, public health administration, health care administration or hospital administration and six (6) years of professional experience in behavioral health care.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or supervisory capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services including the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff.  

NOTE: For State Employees, this is at the level of Behavioral Health Clinical Manager Supervisor.


  • Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker. 
  • Experience with monitoring and meeting regulatory requirements and benchmarks.
  • Supervisory/management experience overseeing discipline specific or multi-disciplinary clinical staff.
  • Experience providing clinical and administrative oversight to multiple programs.
  • Experience overseeing a community-based, crisis intervention program. 
  • Experience with transitional housing programs. 
  • Experience with organizational initiatives relating to best clinical practices.


Incumbents in this class must maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, psychologist or alcohol and drug counselor.



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


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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