DMHAS Assistant Medical Director


Recruitment #240419-2732MD-001


Are you a board certified physician 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 ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is seeking a DMHAS Assistant Medical Director to join their team. Please note: this is a Hazardous Duty Position

  • FACILITY: Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH)
  • UNIT: Dutcher 
  • ADDRESS: 70 Obrien Drive, Middletown, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, First Shift, 40 hours per week, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday 
  • Be responsible for the overall quality and safety of clinical care provided to patients residing on six inpatient units (138 beds) in the enhanced security service of WFH
  • Provide direct administrative and clinical supervision to WFH psychiatrists and interdisciplinary treatment teams in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer
  • Meet regularly with psychiatrists and interdisciplinary treatment teams to ensure the quality and safety of the care provided
  • Work with the Chief Medical Officer to ensure resource allocation and discharge planning is appropriate
  • 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.
  • We offer a comprehensive pension plan, including a 25-year Hazardous Duty Retirement.
  • We offer a competitive benefits plan that includes healthcare coverage and 13 paid holidays per calendar year. 
  • We encourage a strong work/life balance for all state employees. 
  • We offer opportunities for professional and personal growth. 
  • We have limitless areas for you to perform relevant and significant work.
  • 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 to hospital that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Assist our clients and employees so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector; 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. 

WFH specializes in providing inpatient services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system. The hospital consists of 91 maximum security beds and 138 enhanced security beds.  Services are provided to individuals who are admitted under the following categories: Psychiatric Security Review Board commitment, Criminal court order for restoration of competency to stand trial, Civil commitment (voluntary or involuntary) and Transfer from the Department of Correction (during period of incarceration or at end of sentence). Discharge options are dependent on legal status and the purpose of admission.

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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.

  • 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.
  • 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. Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview.
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    In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for assisting in administering agency medical, clinical and behavioral health services programs and operations within a hospital division. 


    • Assists in administering staff and operations of a designated hospital, facility, regional medical area or behavioral health services program; 
    • Assists in development, implementation and evaluation of policies, goals and objectives;
    • Assists in development of programs and activities including development of medical service standards and criteria; 
    • Implements new procedures and procedural revisions; 
    • Determines or assists in determination of appropriate staffing levels and directs or assists in management and coordination of staff; 
    • Implements performance review standards for staff; 
    • Maintains contact with individuals within and outside of agency who might impact programs and services; 
    • Administers state and federal regulations pertaining to medical and psychiatric health care programs, services and operations; 
    • Participates on various committees and boards;
    • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
    • May testify in court as needed; 
    • May conduct training;
    • May be responsible for coordination of accreditation activities; 
    • May serve as agency liaison with external medical, behavioral health planning, advisory groups, courts and other state medical and service agencies;
    • May monitor contracts with medical services vendors;
    • May participate in quality assurance studies and investigations; 
    • May develop processes and practices to improve quality and cost of patient care;
    • Performs related duties as required. 


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • and ability to apply management principles and practices; 
      • principles, practices and issues of medicine and/or psychiatry with particular reference to diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health patients; 
      • recent developments in field of psychiatry and/or medicine;
    • Knowledge of administration and clinical operations, functions and systems involving medical service delivery;
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • oral and written communication skills; 
      • organizational skills; 
      • analytical skills; 
    • Ability to teach and provide clinical supervision. 


    Experience in a hospital, clinic or correctional facility as a board certified physician.


    • Incumbents in this class must possess a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut.
    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology OR certification in the field of internal medicine, family medicine or related specialty, from an appropriate specialist board.
    • Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain eligibility for participation in federal health care programs as defined in 42 U.S. 1320a-7b(f).
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in addictions medicine from the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain certification as a specialist in an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a faculty appointment at either the Yale School of Medicine or the UCONN School of Medicine.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.
    • Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual.



    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. 

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