Mental Health Assistant 1 (Multiple Positions)


Recruitment #240327-5724HN-001


Are you passionate about supporting individuals on their journey to recovery from behavioral health or substance use challenges?
Have you gained expertise in engaging individuals with compassion and empathy?
If so, we invite you to apply and join our dedicated team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently accepting applications for the position of Mental Health Assistant 1. We are seeking dedicated and compassionate individuals to join our direct-care team to improve the well-being for our clients/patients. 

  • FACILITY: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • LOCATION: Middletown, CT
    • General Psychiatry Division (GPD)
    • Addiction Services Division (ASD)
    • Full-Time - 35 hours weekly including every other weekend
    • Part-time - 28 hours weekly and 21 hours weekly, both including every other weekend
    • Part-time - 14 hours weekly including every other weekend (*Not Benefit Eligible)
  • SHIFTS AVAILABLE: First (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Second (3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.) and Third (11:15 p.m. - 7:15 a.m.)
  • NOTE: These positions can be assigned any unit/location and work schedule/shift within CVH
  • Join an Award-Winning Team: Be part of the prestigious Forbes-ranked State of Connecticut, recognized as one of the Best Employers of 2023. Experience national acclaim for providing unparalleled job growth, competitive benefits, and flexible schedules.
  • Platinum Healthcare Excellence: Enjoy the nation's top-rated healthcare plan for state employees and their dependents. Our Platinum Healthcare Plan, ranked the best by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and endorsed by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., ensures comprehensive coverage and well-being for you and your family.
  • Secure Your Future: Benefit from our robust pension plan and explore supplemental retirement offerings, ensuring a secure and comfortable future for you and your loved ones.
  • Invest in Your Education and Future: As a Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, the State of Connecticut supports your educational journey. You may qualify for student loan forgiveness after just 10 years of dedicated service. Learn more here.
  • Time for What Matters: Embrace a healthy work-life balance with generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year. Prioritize your well-being and make the most of your personal time. 
  • Unlock Your Potential: Grow professionally with a range of development opportunities. The State of Connecticut is committed to nurturing your skills and helping you reach new heights in your career.
  • Cultivate Balance: We believe in a healthy work/life balance for all our employees. Join us in fostering an environment where your professional and personal lives harmonize, allowing you to thrive in both.
*Please note benefits may vary or not apply for specific part-time positions
    • New hires to the classification of Mental Health Assistant 1 shall be paid an hourly rate of $25.67.  
    • Upon successful completion of the working test period, effective the payroll period following, the Employee shall be compensated at an hourly rate of $26.91. 
    • Employees who have previously completed a working test period in an 1199-covered direct-care position shall not be subject to this reduced training rate upon transfer or promotion.
    • Work among professionals whose treatment goals developed for clients/patients are aimed to help individuals be stabilized, rehabilitated, and return to community-based living;
    • Utilize your expertise in assisting clients/patients in developing a stress-free attitude;
    • Stay up to date with changes that affect today’s society by participating in on-going education and training activities; and
    • Apply your skills and experience to enhance self-worth of our clients/patients. 
    • Permanent DMHAS employees in the classification of Mental Health Assistant 1 should not apply; transfers within DMHAS will be handled through the agency lateral transfer process.
    • Candidates hired from this posting may be initially provided with a temporary assignment; the permanent assignment will be determined within the first six months of employment.

    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. 

    Connecticut Valley Hospital (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. 


    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.
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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.
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    In a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services hospital, behavioral health facility or program this class is accountable for assisting in the assessment, planning and implementation of paraprofessional nursing, clinical and/or rehabilitative interventions designed to support clients' short and/or long-term needs.


    • Participates in assigned nursing, clinical and/or rehabilitative interventions to meet client short and long-term needs; 
    • Advocates for services or resources that meet client needs and preferences; 
    • Assists client in developing effective strategies for managing internal and external stress; 
    • Routinely solicits personal goals and preferences; 
    • Identifies and facilitates use of appropriate support networks; 
    • Participates in education and training activities to further skill development; 
    • Participates in admission and discharge planning activities; 
    • Protects civil rights of client; 
    • Maintains a safe and healthy environment; 
    • May manage client behaviors through verbal communication as needed; 
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Functions as a member of a case management team or program; 
    • Participates in assessment, crisis intervention and monitoring of clients in community at large (i.e., emergency rooms, jails, homeless shelters, outpatient programs, etc.); 
    • Assists client in learning and practicing daily living skills, medication monitoring and/or community adaptation skills; 
    • Provides individual, group and/or family supportive treatment under appropriate supervision.


    • Communicates and interacts with clients; 
    • Participates in development of nursing care and treatment plans; 
    • Encourages client to participate in therapeutic activities; 
    • Observes and records client behavior and prepares pertinent reports; 
    • Participates in on-going education and training programs; 
    • May participate in follow up of client in community-based services; 
    • May supervise self-administration of oral medication.


    • Knowledge of
      • acceptable standards of nursing care; 
      • psychiatric rehabilitation and/or case management principles and procedures; 
      • community support systems and resources; 
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • oral and written communication skills; 
      • counseling skills; 
    • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.


    One (1) year of experience at the level of a Mental Health Trainee.


    • An Associate's degree in mental health technology may be substituted for the General Experience.
    • Two (2) years of college training in a behavioral science, social work, rehabilitation therapy or its equivalent may be substituted for the General Experience.
    • One (1) year of experience as a Recovery Support Specialist providing peer support to agency clients may be substituted for the General Experience.
    • Completion of a mental health trainee certificate program may be substituted for one-half (1/2) year of the General Experience.


    • Experience working in a skilled nursing facility
    • Experience as a certified nursing assistant or as a health aide
    • Experience working with individuals in recovery from behavioral health or substance use challenges in a professional setting
    • Experience using interpersonal skills to engage individuals in treatment services


    • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.


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



    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.