Behavioral Health Clinical Director


Recruitment #230511-6214MP-001


Are looking to make an impact on the lives of adults with behavioral health disorders? 
Do you want to take the next step in your career?
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 Behavioral Health Clinical Director (PCN 25580) to join our team. This role will be a site director for our Western Connecticut Mental Health Network (WCMHN) in Waterbury. Find out more information on this great opportunity below!

  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
  • Work Hours: Full-time, First Shift, 40 hours per week
  • Work Shift: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with some on-call requirements
  • Location: 95 Thomaston Ave, Waterbury, 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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  • Responsible for the clinical, fiscal and administrative operations of WCMHN Waterbury site which serves individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders and substance use disorders.
  • Work collaboratively with contract agencies, providing support, consultation and oversight of services provided.
  • Provide leadership to clinical teams in the facilitation of DMHAS initiatives 
  • As a member of WCMHN Executive Committee, actively participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures critical to the operations of the Waterbury site
  • Provide oversight and adherence to compliance standards across the Waterbury site to meet DMHAS and Joint Commission standards.
  • Collaborate with the CEO and WCMHN Fiscal Director to monitor program budgets and ensure overtime costs are within budget guidelines.
  • Collaborate with the Network QI Director to monitor quality data reports, ensure adherence to billing requirements and documentation guidelines, and participate in performance improvement projects.
  • Facilitate regular Leadership meetings ensuring staff receive support, supervision and direction to perform their responsibilities.
  • Actively participate in monthly Labor Management meetings and hold regular meetings with delegates to address issues as they arise.
  • Oversee HR functions related to the hiring and retention of employees, as well as recruitment of refills for vacancies.
  • Participate in Service System Analysis to determine gaps in services and develop plans to address service gaps.

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.

The Western Connecticut Mental Health Network (WCMHN) was formed in 1996 by the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), in order to coordinate clinical, fiscal and administrative oversight of Region 5 contracted and state-operated mental health services. Within this service system, there are three state-operated Local Mental Health Authorities, which are located in Waterbury, Danbury and Torrington. In partnership with the Western Connecticut Mental Health Network they provide and coordinate local clinical services. Over 200 staff including psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation and mental health workers provide services for persons with a long-term mental illness.

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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  • 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 Joseph K. Fried at, 860-924-7053.


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 Supervisor.


  • Experience with working in outpatient behavioral healthcare settings and providing services within the community
  • Experience providing, directing and overseeing mental health and substance abuse services
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel; Word; Powerpoint)
  • Experience developing policies and adhering to Joint Commission standards
  • Posess licensure as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Professional Counselor (LPC), or Psychologist


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.