Pharmacy Technician (37.5 Hour)


Recruitment #240202-6194XN-001


Are you ready to join a team that truly values your role as a pharmacy technician, ensuring safe and effective medication management for our community?

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a qualified individual to join our team as a Pharmacy Technician (PCN 102581). This position will support the Pharmacy Department at Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) in Middletown. Find out more information regarding this great opportunity below!

  • Location: 1000 Silver St, Middletown, CT
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday
  • Work Hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
  • Work Shift: First shift, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This position may require overtime and holiday coverage.

State of Connecticut employees participate in a competitive comprehensive benefits plan that includes:
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • A healthy work/life balance!
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  • Delivering medications to units through Connecticut Valley Hospital
  • Checking for expired items
  • Ensuring adequate amount of medications and controlled substances are in place for the units

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.

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.
  • 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.
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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
  • 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.
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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 state facilities this class is accountable for independently performing the full range of tasks in technical pharmacy functions in traditional drug distribution system, ambulatory patient services, sterile and non-sterile product formulations and Pharmacy Service Units.


  • Compounds and delivers medications and other pharmaceutical supplies; 
  • Maintains pertinent operational records; 
  • Orders supplies from bulk storage, restocks dispensing carts and delivers contents to patient care areas according to schedule; 
  • Computes and compiles prescription charges; 
  • Assists pharmacist in reviewing written prescriptions to determine ingredients needed and ensure established procedures followed; 
  • Assists pharmacist in filling prescriptions from bulk stock; 
  • Uses clean air center and sterile technique in filling and labeling syringes for delivery to patient care units; 
  • Assists pharmacist in filling bottles, capsules or other package forms with measured amount of medications according to prescription specifications; 
  • Types and affixes labels to containers showing identification data and directions for use; 
  • Makes entries on and maintains patient medication profiles; 
  • Maintains and stores inventory of pharmaceuticals and supplies in dispensing area assigned under proper conditions of refrigeration and security; 
  • Assists pharmacist in preparation of extemporaneous medications on an as-needed basis; 
  • Maintains work area in clean and neat condition; 
  • Prepares intravenous admixtures orders; 
  • Assists in preparation of sterile and non-sterile products according to established procedures; 
  • Orders and controls all necessary supplies from hospital stores; 
  • Conducts special surveys under guidelines established by Director of Pharmacy or Pharmacist; 
  • May serve as liaison between nursing units and pharmacy; 
  • May sterilize injectable preparations; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of 
    • basic principles and practices of a pharmacy operation; 
    • basic chemistry; 
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
  • Ability to 
    • perform mathematical calculations; 
    • order supplies and maintain inventory; 
    • follow oral and written instructions.


One (1) year of experience performing technical pharmacy duties.

NOTE: For state employees this experience is interpreted at the level of a Pharmacy Technician Trainee.


Successful completion of a training program as a Pharmacy Technician Trainee may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience with Pyxis machines and/or other automated dispensing machines. 
  • Experience working in a hospital or mental health clinic.
  • Experience communicating with a diverse population.
  • Experience working with patients who have psychiatric needs.


  • Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain registration with the State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
  • Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain a certification as a Pharmacy Technician issued by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or any other equivalent pharmacy technician certification program approved by the department in accordance with C.G.S. Sec 20-598a. 
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.


Incumbents in this class may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury from assaultive and/or abusive patients and may be exposed to disagreeable conditions and may be required to do some lifting.



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.