Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240222-0452FP-002


Are you a Clinical Social Worker, Registered Professional Nurse, or Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor seeking an opportunity to create a significant impact? Join our dynamic team and be instrumental in fostering lasting, positive changes!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the role of Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor to support our agency. 

  • FACILITY: Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH)
  • UNIT: Dutcher 2 South
  • LOCATION: Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full time, 40 hours per week | Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM
  • POSITION NUMBER: 0024950
Please note: This position is considered Hazardous Duty.

  • 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.
  • A hazardous duty pension plan.
  • 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.
As a Behavioral Health Unit Supervisor, discover the opportunity to: 
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals;
  • Oversee the operations of a 24-bed co-ed, competency restoration unit; 
  • Develop and maintain close collaborative working relationships with all disciplines involved in the planning and functioning of unit activities; 
  • Provide support to a hospital that is committed to improving the lives of those we serve.
  • Assist our clients and employees so they can achieve success; and
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment. 
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.

Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH) provides high quality, comprehensive, and individualized treatment and evaluation services for patients with mental health conditions who are involved in the criminal justice system or are not yet ready to be safely treated in less restrictive settings. This is accomplished with full respect for the civil and human rights of each patient. Our goal is to assist individuals to manage their illnesses and achieve personal recovery goals through developing the skills necessary to live safely in the community.

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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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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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  1. Review the eligibility and documentation requirements for CT license by endorsement of an out-of-state license;
  2. Complete a CT DPH online application online (expand the ‘Public Health Practitioners’ grouping, select ‘Registered Nurse’ and then ‘Start’;
  3. Request verification of your out-of-state license(s) electronically through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s :  Nursys® System.  To send verification of your license(s) to CT, read and agree to the terms, enter your biographic information, select your license type and select ‘SEARCH’.  Review the results and select the ‘Next’ button.  Check the box next to  ‘Connecticut’ and complete the transaction.   Once the transaction is completed, you will receive a confirmation email from Nursys and the verification will be available to the DPH.  Note that PA and MI verifications are not provided through Nursys.  Please contact those state boards for information on obtaining verification.
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 Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Children and Families in-patient facility this class is accountable for directing and supervising a multi-shift clinical unit.


  • Schedules, assigns and oversees the work of a multi-shift unit including direct supervision of all shifts; 
  • Participates in the development of unit goals and objectives; 
  • Develops unit procedures and policies; 
  • Ensures compliance of unit procedures and policies; 
  • Assists in recruitment, selection, training and development of staff; 
  • Develops competency-based job descriptions for unit staff; 
  • Ensures unit staff receive appropriate training; 
  • Conducts performance appraisals, determines priorities and plans, coordinates and supervises unit activities; 
  • Ensures cross-shift communication among staff; 
  • Develops relationships with and acts as liaison to other operating units, agencies and outside officials; 
  • Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team to develop, evaluate and monitor programs; 
  • Coordinates interdisciplinary team meetings; 
  • Collaborate and direct any necessary alternate treatment; 
  • Monitors and tracks client care to ensure quality, effectiveness and timeliness of patient care and requisite hours of treatment are met; 
  • Facilitates bilingual interpretation as needed; 
  • Identifies barriers and assists in developing strategies and solutions for improving client care; 
  • Prepares reports; 
  • May perform clinical direct care duties; 
  • May write client treatment plans; 
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • relevant agency policies and procedures; 
    • behavioral health treatment, principles and values of care; 
    • psychiatric rehabilitation principles and/or addictions detox rehabilitation; 
    • entitlement and benefit programs; 
    • variety of intervention and support strategies; 
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply principles of risk management; 
  • Knowledge of
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; 
    • societal, cultural and gender issues as they impact upon mental illness; 
    • psychotropic medications; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills; 
    • facilitation, collaboration and conflict resolution skills; 
  • Ability to 
    • identify and articulate philosophical foundations for specific program models or service approaches; 
    • delegate authority; 
    • plan and organize effectively; 
    • integrate community resources into service delivery planning; 
    • develop and maintain effective relationships with community representatives and staff; 
  • Supervisory ability.


Seven (7) years of professional health care experience in a behavioral health setting.


Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at a lead or supervisory level responsible for coordinating the work of a unit or team of professionals in a behavioral health setting.

NOTE: For state employees the lead level is interpreted at the level of a Clinical Social Work Associate for the social work discipline and a Head Nurse for the nursing discipline.  The supervisory level is interpreted at the level of a Supervising Addiction Counselor for the substance abuse/addictions discipline. 


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
  • A Master's degree in a health care field related to one of the disciplines in the Special Experience may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


  • Experience working in an inpatient hospital setting 
  • Experience supervising professional staff members 
  • Experience working with the forensic population 
  • Experience ensuring compliance with regulatory and oversight agencies such as The Joint Commission, the Department of Public Health or the Council on Accreditation
  • Current license as a Clinical Social Worker or Registered Nurse in the State of Connecticut 


  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license as a Clinical Social Worker or as a Registered Professional Nurse or as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Connecticut.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess certification as a clinical supervisor by the Connecticut Certification Board.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
  • Incumbents in this class maybe required to travel.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients, may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury and may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.



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.