Certified Addiction Counselor (40 Hour)


Recruitment #230914-2351FX-001


Are you passionate about helping others brighten their future?
If so, we have an excellent opportunity to join our hospital’s team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking five (5) qualified and experienced Certified Addiction Counselors to join our team.  In this role you will provide counseling and case management services to clients suffering from substance abuse and mental health concerns.  

  • Facility: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • Address: 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT
  • Unit: Addiction Services Division (ASD)
  • Schedule: All positions are full-time, 40 hours weekly with the following shifts and schedules:
PCN:   Unit:   Shift & Schedule:  
 139980  ASD M2AB
  • Second Shift
  • Tuesday - Saturday
  • 1:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
 139981  ASD M2AB
  • Second Shift
  • Tuesday - Saturday
  • 1:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
 139982  ASD M2AB
  • First Shift
  • Sunday - Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 139983  ASD M3AB
  • Second Shift
  • Sunday - Thursday
  • 1:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
 139884  ASD M3AB
  • Second Shift
  • Tuesday - Saturday
  • 1:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.


  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState 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
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.

      Please Note: As a loan forgiveness organization, you may be able to qualify for one or more State or Federal loan forgiveness programs.

      • Be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals; 
      • Provide support that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve; 
      • Assist our clients so they can achieve success; 
      • Make a difference in the public sector; and 
      • Work together in a collaborative team environment. 
                        MORE ABOUT US:

                        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.

                        ABOUT THE FACILITY:

                        CVH opened in 1868 as the State’s public hospital for the treatment of persons with mental illness. Today, 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. 


                        At CVH, individuals receive services that assist them to better manage their illnesses, achieve personal goals, and develop skills and supports that lead to living the most constructive and satisfying lives possible. We strive to promote recovery through collaborative, compassionate, and culturally competent treatment in a safe and caring environment.

                        We offer comprehensive treatment to individuals seeking assistance with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health needs. The units provide comprehensive, compassionate trauma informed care utilizing evidenced based treatment modalities such as CBT, DBT, MI, MET, TREM and gender specific group programming. The treatment of substance use disorders is a dynamic and rewarding field that fosters hope, dignity and recovery. 

                        Watch the video below to learn more about becoming a DMHAS employee with the State of Connecticut!

                        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.
                        • 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.
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                        PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

                        In the Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Veterans' Affairs this class is accountable for providing specialized counseling services to clients in a behavioral health treatment program.

                        EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

                        • Provides counseling services to alcohol and drug dependent clients; 
                        • Screens clients to determine eligibility for programs; 
                        • Assesses strengths, weaknesses and treatment needs; 
                        • Orients clients to treatment program; 
                        • Participates in treatment planning and individual and/or group counseling; 
                        • Responsible for case management activities; 
                        • Provides crisis intervention services in response to emotional and/or physical distress; 
                        • Makes referrals to outside or other programs for medical and/or psychological intervention; 
                        • Maintains confidential reports and records of client data; 
                        • Represents program at community events and seminars; 
                        • Educates clients on substance abuse issues and availability of resources; 
                        • Consults with service providers to assure comprehensive integrated care; 
                        • May escort clients; 
                        • May provide coverage duties; 
                        • May collect urine for drug screening; 
                        • Performs related duties as required.

                        KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

                        • Knowledge of
                          • physical, psychological, social, family and economic effects of substance abuse; 
                          • counseling principles and techniques; 
                          • community resources; 
                          • confidentiality provisions; 
                          • infectious diseases; 
                        • Considerable
                          • interpersonal skills; 
                          • oral and written communication skills; 
                        • Ability to gather, analyze and evaluate information pertinent to treatment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of an individual.


                        Certification from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and three (3) years of experience involving risk reduction education and counseling to assist alcohol and drug dependent individuals.


                        • Licensure from the Connecticut Department of Public Health as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor may be substituted for the General Experience.
                        • For state employees three (3) years of experience as a Certified Addiction Counselor Trainee may be substituted for the General Experience.

                        SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

                        • Incumbents in this class must retain the certification and/or licensure outlined above.
                        • Individuals recovering from addiction to alcohol or drugs are required to have two (2) years of substance free time to be considered for a position in a substance abuse program.
                        • Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language or be fluent in American Sign Language.
                        • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid driver's license.
                        • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

                        PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

                        A medical and/or psychiatric examination may be required prior to appointment.

                        WORKING CONDITIONS

                        Incumbents in this class may be required to perform moderate amounts of lifting or restraining of patients and exposed to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients.



                        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.