Behavioral Health Program Manager


Recruitment #230915-1450MP-001


Are you a motivated professional seeking an opportunity to make a significant impact?
Join our dynamic team and play a pivotal role in making lasting, positive changes throughout communities across Connecticut! 

The State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), Office of the Commissioner, is currently seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Behavioral Health Program Manager to help lead their Opioid Services Division! This position will be primarily responsible for the project management of recovery support and hard reduction initiatives, especially for the statewide distribution of naloxone (opioid overdose reversal medication). The individual selected for this role will be responsible for the bulk purchasing of naloxone (Narcan) and ensuring that the State consistently reaches naloxone saturation goals. See below for more information! 

  • DIVISION: Office of the Commissioner (OOC)
  • TEAM: Opioid Services
  • ADDRESS: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday 
  • The opportunity 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
  • NEW: 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 offering
  • 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.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
    • Under the direction of the DMHAS Opioid Services Director, oversee the implementation and ongoing operations of recovery support and harm reduction initiatives
    • Collaborate with the Opioid Services team and statewide harm reduction and recovery support providers to ensure naloxone is distributed according to the state naloxone distribution/saturation plan
    • Participate in development and/or amendments of naloxone state saturation plan
    • Regularly interact with DMHAS staff and other State agency partners who are overseeing recovery support and harm reduction initiatives
    • Attend all meetings related to Opioid Services and naloxone distribution or upon request by DMHAS leadership
    • Support data collection efforts and ensure it is being collected
    • Track naloxone purchasing and distribution
    • Organize trainings
    • Complete monthly reports describing the progress and outcomes of assigned initiatives
    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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    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.
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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.
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    In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Department of Children and Families this class is accountable for assisting in the management of a statewide program in a geographical area; accountable for assisting in the management of a specific behavioral health program or serving as a clinical team leader.


    • Assists in directing staff and operations for special programs;
    • Coordinates, plans and manages program activities;
    • Assists in formulating policy and procedures relating to general administration of a managed service system;
    • Participates in the formulation of agency policy; 
    • Develops, implements and evaluates the goals and objectives consistent with agency mission and policy;
    • Interprets and administers laws pertaining to program;
    • Trains and evaluates staff;
    • Prepares and administers facility and community grant budgets;
    • Maintains contact with individuals, groups and other organizations which might impact on program operations;
    • Develops and maintains appropriate fiscal and programmatic mechanisms to ensure continuity of care to a defined population and appropriate allocation of resources;
    • Assesses staff needs for delivery of services;
    • Carries out policies and directives of department;
    • Assists in coordinating, planning and managing administrative and/or fiscal and clinical activities;
    • Ensures compliance with internal agency and accrediting bodies' standards;
    • Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
    • May assume a leadership role for agency system wide program development and administration activities;
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • principles and practices of public administration; 
      • principles of mental health treatment and program design; 
      • managed care system principles and practices; 
      • clinical treatment methodologies and programs for psychiatric clients; 
      • community resources; 
    • Knowledge of
      • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
      • relevant agency policies and procedures;
      • assertive treatment programs;
      • quality assessment and/or improvement techniques and accreditation body standards;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills;
      • oral and written communication skills;
    • Ability to
      • analyze and prepare budgets;
      • prepare and administer grants.


    Eight (8) years of experience in business or health care administration, program development involving responsibility for financial management, budget development or grants management, professional health care or social services.


    • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) years of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
    • A Master's degree in public or health care administration, a Master's degree in business administration with a specialization in health services or hospital administration, a Master’s degree in social work or a Master's degree in a related health care discipline may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


    • Master’s Degree in a clinical discipline
    • Experience with project management
    • Experience managing initiatives with statewide scope
    • Experience with reporting requirements
    • Experience or education in best practices in recovery support
    • Experience or education in practicing harm reduction principles


    Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses or certifications.



    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.