DMHAS Medical Division Director


Recruitment #230627-2731MD-001


Are you ready to take the next step in your healthcare career?
If so, we have an excellent opportunity for you to join our hospital’s team! 

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking an experienced and qualified DMHAS Medical Division Director

  • FACILITY: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • ADDRESS: 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 
  • UNIT: General Psychiatry Division (GPD)
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time, first shift, with a work schedule of 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday
  • To work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule;
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage, a retirement plan as well as paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
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    • Provide direct administrative and clinical supervision to the psychiatrists and psychiatric APRNs of the General Psychiatry Division, along with providing clinical oversight of the interdisciplinary treatment teams; 
    • May assist the Chief Medical Officer in development, implementation, and evaluation of agency wide policies, goals, and objectives;
    • May be responsible for coordination of accreditation activities;
    • May serve as agency liaison with external medical, behavioral health planning, advisory groups, courts, and other state medical and service agencies;
    • May participate in quality assurance studies and investigations, develop processes and practices to improve quality and cost of patient care, and conducts critical incident reviews;
    • Chair and/or participate in any risk management committee within the division (such as Division Risk Committee);
    • Manage the acuity of the patients within the General Psychiatry Division, conducts oversight of patients on Special Observation ensuring patient safety;
    • Monitor appropriate use of Special Observation levels (such as CO and 1:1); 
    • Consult on high-risk patients and follow up on their progress, attends and participate in case conferences chaired by the DMHAS Medical Director; and
    • Attend and participate in case conferences chaired by the DMHAS Medical Director.
    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. 

    CVH is the largest of DMHAS facilities, and includes 17 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). The hospital includes both a general psychiatry and addiction services units. CVH provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care and substance abuse treatment, including treatment for pregnant women and persons with dual diagnoses. Specialty areas include geriatric and special services, an integrated network of comprehensive mental health services for older adults and young adult services. The facility also runs the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) program which addresses the needs of TBI survivors, including; reintegration into community living, independent living skills development, vocational and educational training, psychiatric, cognitive and neurological assessment and treatment, speech and physical rehabilitation as well as individual and family counseling.

    Connecticut offers you and your family access to the finest schools in the nation, beautiful weather year round and recreational activities to fit each season. Rated one of the best places to live in Connecticut, Middletown is a dense suburban city, home to Wesleyan University and a popular downtown area. A trip to world class entertainment, the mountains or the beach is just a brief trip away.

    Selection Plan

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    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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 Jensine Tran at


    In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Connecticut Valley Hospital this class is accountable for administering agency medical, clinical and behavioral health services programs and operations within a division.


    • Administers staff and operations of a designated hospital, facility, regional medical area or behavioral health services program; 
    • Develops, implements and evaluates policies, goals and objectives;
    • Assists in development of programs and activities including development of medical service standards and criteria; 
    • Implements new procedures and procedural revisions;
    • Determines or assists in determination of appropriate staffing levels and directs or assists in management and coordination of staff; 
    • Implements performance review standards for staff; 
    • Maintains contact with individuals within and outside of agency who might impact programs and services;
    • Administers state and federal regulations pertaining to medical and psychiatric health care programs, services and operations; 
    • Participates on various committees and boards;
    • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
    • May testify in court as needed; 
    • May conduct training; 
    • May be responsible for coordination of accreditation activities; 
    • May serve as agency liaison with external medical, behavioral health planning, advisory groups, courts and other state medical and service agencies; 
    • May monitor contracts with medical services vendors; 
    • May participate in quality assurance studies and investigations; 
    • May develop processes and practices to improve quality and cost of patient care;
    • Performs related duties as required. 


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
      • principles, practices and issues of medicine and psychiatry with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health patients;
      • recent developments infield of psychiatry and medicine; 
    • Knowledge of administration and clinical operations, functions and systems involving medical service delivery; 
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills; 
      • organizational skills; 
      • analytical skills; 
    • Ability to teach and provide clinical supervision. 


    Experience in a hospital, clinic or correctional facility as a board certified psychiatrist.


    • Incumbents in this class must possess a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.
    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
    • Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a faculty appointment at either the Yale School of Medicine or the UCONN School of Medicine.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.



    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.