Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Recruitment #230324-5023SH-001


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 (DMHASis currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Interpreter for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to join their team.

  • FACILITY: Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC)
  • LOCATION: Clinical Services Division, Team C
  • ADDRESS: 34 Park Street, New Haven, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 40 hours weekly, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  • 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;
  • Comprehensive Benefits which including 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!
  • Provide personal communication support and assistance to the Clinical Social Worker, utilizing American Sign Language (ASL) written and oral communication in English to facilitate accurate and comfortable communication; 
  • Screen all personal voice mail messages received by the Clinical Social Worker and review messages received with the Clinical Social Worker for reply; 
  • Assist the Clinical Social Worker with communications with clients in individual, group, family or couple sessions and with colleagues; 
  • Participate in weekly interpreting scheduling meetings with the Clinical Social Worker; and
  • Accompany Clinical Social Worker at program, facility, departmental meetings and professional continuing education activities as required. 
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. 

CMHC is an urban community mental health center with an exceptional 50-year tradition of serving individuals with serious mental illness and/or addiction.  Founded in 1966, CMHC is a partnership between DHMAS and the Yale Department of Psychiatry. CMHC is nationally recognized for its scientific research into the causes and treatment of mental illness and addiction.  The Abraham Ribicoff Research Facilities include multiple research programs in a variety of areas.  CMHC is also a major training site for individuals pursuing careers in mental health fields including psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing and pastoral care. 

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Selection Plan

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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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.


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.