DMHAS Agency Deputy Medical Director

DMHAS Agency Medical Director | Hybrid

Recruitment #230504-2726MD-001


Are you looking for your chance to lead?
Do you want a chance to be responsible for ensuring mental healthcare across the State?
If so, we have a role for you!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Agency Deputy Medical Director (PCN 138990) to join our team. The DMHAS Agency Deputy Medical Director will assist the DMHAS Chief Medical Director and will be responsible to ensure quality care, safety and services across the eight DMHAS facilities and does so in several ways. Find out more information on this great opportunity to lead below!

  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Work Shift: First shift, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: 410 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • Industry leading health benefits with medical and dental coverage
  • Generous paid time off, include 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Retirement healthcare offerings
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs
  • A healthy work/life balance!
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  • Facilitating clinical case consultations statewide for individuals with complex needs that includes the individual, their family, legal representatives the facility treatment and community provider teams and any other relevant party.
  • Providing supervisory support to Medical Directors representing all eight DMHAS facilities, and/or provision as an Acting Facility Medical Director as indicated/needed throughout the state.
  • Developing policy, procedures and clinical protocols to enhance delivery of quality care and coordination of care across our system. Clinical protocols and frequent revision of protocols have been a constant process since the COVID-19 epidemic began and continues to occupy much time as DMHAS is under the federal vaccine mandate as CMS certified facilities. Contact tracing, testing, and vaccine tracking, providing accommodations to those with exemptions, consulting with DPH, staying abreast of changes in CDC recommendations and guiding facilities when infectious disease outbreaks occur in inpatient or residential facilities continue.
  • Serving as a facility Acting Medical Director during times of vacancies. The Facility’s Medical Director holds clinical responsibility in the executive leadership, supervises the MDs and APRNs, assists the CEO with clinical issues that arise and participated in The Joint Commission accreditation survey; responsible for medical policy and program needs.
  • Supervising the staff in the Office of the Medical Director who perform Utilization Management (UM) functions for the DMHAS Inpatient (IP) and Mental Health intensive Residential beds. Two licensed staff review all DMHAS admissions to ensure the individuals meet criteria for admission for IP or Residential levels of care and assist the Medical Director and facility treatment teams in case consultations with discharge planning for those with complex needs. The staff in the Office of the DMHAS Medical Director work closely with community hospitals and emergency departments regarding referrals to state beds and are responsible for timely admissions and discharges at these levels of care.
  • Supporting the advancement of the new Electronic Medical Record implementation project.
  • Supporting telemedicine advancements and implementation of electronic technologies that meet needs of client care across the state.
  • Supporting advancements in recruitment of clinical professionals including Psychiatrists, APRN’S, therapists and other unique professional specialties.

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.

Selection Plan

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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.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited. If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the recruiter listed on this job posting.
  • 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:
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  • 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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  • Administers staff and operations of medical, clinical and behavioral health services programs;
  • 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 in field 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. 

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