DMHAS Assistant Medical Director


Recruitment #230627-2732MD-001


Ready to shape the future of psychiatry?
Become a catalyst for change in the mental health landscape, where your skills and passion will be celebrated and rewarded!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a psychiatrist to join our team as our Assistant Medical Director (PCN 139211) within the Addiction Services Division (ASD) at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH). In this role, your expertise and leadership will serve as part of our leadership team and provide clinical oversight to our interdisciplinary treatment teams. Find out more about this great opportunity below!
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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  • Working with the Division Medical Director of the Addiction Services Division (ASD) to direct staff and operations. Identifying, planning, implementing and evaluating staff training and development needs. Monitoring staff utilization to meet divisional goals, investigates and responds appropriately to critical incidents. Assisting in the supervision of attending psychiatrists. Assisting in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection. 
  • Coordinating, planning, and managing division activities. Formulating program goals and objectives. Assisting in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies, goals and objectives including those aligned with the 1115 Waiver requirement. Promoting cultural diversity in workplace and ensures clients rights.
  • Ensuring division compliance with internal standards and external standards (i.e. Joint Commission, CMS, etc.), as well as ensures compliance with quality assurance and performance improvement findings and recommendations.
  • Assisting in the monitoring of treatment plans to ensure compliance with ASAM continued service criteria. Implementing new procedures and procedural revisions to existing policies related to patients housed in ASD. Providing case reviews and consultations to the medical staff and clinical teams regarding patients housed in ASD.
  • Monitoring the screening and admissions process of patients seeking services for substance use disorder. This may include assessing patients at the referral source site.
  • Assisting in development of programs and activities including development of medical service standards and criteria related to Addiction Psychiatry.
  • Attending and participating in DHMAS case conferences regarding patients with substance use disorder.
  • Collaborating with individuals within and outside of agency who might impact programs and services.
  • May represent division in grievances and hearings.


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 Connecticut Valley Hospital boasts a rich history first opening its doors over 150 years ago in 1868. As the State’s public hospital we provide treatment of mental illness and currently comprised of 18 inpatient units over two campuses (Middletown and Hartford). In our operational framework, recovery is defined as a process of restoring or developing a positive and meaningful sense of identity apart from one’s condition and then rebuilding one’s life in the fullest sense. Recovery is an individualized patient-centered approach. Achieving and maintaining an optimal state of health and wellness is integrated in our recovery approach. Individuals acquire and practice life skills that will assist them in their recovery process.

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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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.
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  • 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.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for assisting in administering agency medical, clinical and behavioral health services programs and operations within a hospital division. 


  • Assists in administering staff and operations of a designated hospital, facility, regional medical area or behavioral health services program; 
  • Assists in development, implementation and evaluation of 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/or psychiatry with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health patients; 
    • recent developments in field of psychiatry and/or 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 physician.


  • 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 OR certification in the field of internal medicine, family medicine or related specialty, from an appropriate specialist board.
  • 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 addictions medicine from the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
  • 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.