Behavioral Health Program Manager


Recruitment #240201-1450MP-002


Does a role in leadership intrigue you?
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 a qualified and experienced Behavioral Health Program Manager to join our team in Hartford! Work alongside a team of dedicated professionals and help patients on their path to recovery.

  • Work Schedule: Full-Time (40 Hours), First Shift, Monday - Friday (8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.)
  • Facility: DMHAS Office of the Commissioner (OOC)
  • Division: Prevention & Health Promotion Division
  • Address: 410 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
  • PCN: 133815


  • 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;
  • 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; and
  • 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.

  • 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. 
            OUR MISSION:
            The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 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 goal of the Prevention and Health Promotion Division is to promote use of evidence-based programs, policies and practices designed to delay initiation of use, prevent the onset of substance use disorder, promote healthy lifestyles and optimize the well-being among individuals, families and communities across the lifespan.  The Division provides resources and leadership to a statewide network of substance use prevention providers who engage communities. Currently the Division oversees a variety of programs to reduce youth access to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 
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              Selection Plan


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              Please Note: 

              For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.

              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.
              • 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 Nicole Frascatore via email at


              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.

              EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

              • Administer substance misuse and mental health prevention intervention programs across the lifespan in schools, colleges, work and community environments; 
              • Provide supervision and technical expertise to professionals and paraprofessionals of several state and federally funded programs; 
              • Develop, implement and evaluate multiple prevention program goals and objectives consistent with state and federal policy plans and initiatives; 
              • Monitor and evaluate work of the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator, professional and paraprofessional staff of funded programs; 
              • Assure compliance with DMHAS prevention program standards and quality assurance protocols; 
              • Participate in workforce development of staff and funded programs by identifying, planning and developing annual training plans for staff and professionals of funded programs; 
              • Prepare and oversee preparation of state and federal reports, research analyses reports, curriculum development and manuals for evidence-based best practices; 
              • Assist in writing grants, developing and managing program budgets and overseeing funded contracts; Represent DMHAS on committees and advisory bodies; 
              • Provide day to day administrative oversight of the DMHAS Prevention Programs ensuring compliance with the CT legislative requirements; 
              • Oversee the development of a comprehensive prevention and health promotion education strategy which will include a series of media campaigns for various audiences; 
              • Serve as liaison between the community subcontractors, state oversight and advisory bodies. 
              • Implement fiscal and programmatic recommendations, policies and directives of the advisory bodies; 
              • Develop and monitor contracts and implement midcourse corrections when needed; 
              • Prepare and oversee preparation of state reports, research analyses reports, curriculum development and manuals for evidence-based best practices; and
              • Perform other 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.


              • Experience managing public health and/or prevention-focused organizations and programs. 
              • Experience with implementing evidence-based practices. 
              • Experience with communicating to a wide variety of professionals and stakeholders through speaking publicly, delivering presentations, and conducting meetings, webinars, and teleconferences. 
              • Experience maintaining collaborative relationships with stakeholders.


              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.