Behavioral Health Clinical Director


Recruitment #240612-6214MP-001


Do you want to utilize your skills and make a difference?  Are you looking to take the next step in your career?  If so, please read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently seeking a qualified and experienced individual for the position of Behavioral Health Clinical Director.  

Position Highlights: 
  • FACILITY: Western Connecticut Mental Health Network (WCMHN)
  • LOCATION: Danbury, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time, 1st Shift, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
What We Can Offer You:
    Discover The Opportunity To:

    • Engage in a rewarding career;
    • Showcase your talents in a meaningful role;
    • Thrive in an exciting environment; 
    • Provide support to a division that is passionate about the work we do;
    • Work together in a collaborative team environment.

    The Role:

    This position is essential for ensuring clinical, administrative and fiscal operations and oversite for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness and substance use disorders.

    Job duties include, but are not limited to:  

    • Responsible for overseeing the clinical, administrative and fiscal operations of the WCMHN Danbury site which serves individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders and substance use disorders. 

    • Provides oversite and support to DMHAS funded contract agencies in Catchment Area 20.
    • Sit on the Executive Team of the WCMHN.
    • Responsible for policy and procedure development and implementation as well as providing adherence to The Joint Commission standards. 
    • Work collaboratively with contract agencies, providing support, consultation and oversight of services provided.

          About Us:
          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 WCMHN's mission is to provide a comprehensive and effective recovery-oriented system of mental health and addiction services that promotes self-sufficiency, dignity, cultural sensitivity and respect. 

          We hope you take this opportunity to continue your career with us and make a difference!

          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.
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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 Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for directing multiple clinical programs in a facility or Local Mental Health Authority or directing statewide clinical support services and programs in the Central Office.


          • Responsible for the clinical, fiscal and administrative operations of WCMHN Danbury site which serves individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health disorders and substance use disorders.
          • Work collaboratively with contract agencies, providing support, consultation and oversight of services provided. 
          • Provide leadership to clinical teams in the facilitation of DMHAS initiatives.
          • As a member of WCMHN Executive Committee, actively participate in the development and implementation of policies and procedures critical to the operations of the Danbury site.
          • Provide oversight and adherence to compliance standards across the Danbury site to meet DMHAS and Joint Commission standards. 
          • Collaborate with the CEO and WCMHN Fiscal Director to monitor program budgets and ensure overtime costs are within budget guidelines. 
          • Collaborate with the Network QI Director to monitor quality data reports, ensure adherence to billing requirements and documentation guidelines, and participate in performance improvement projects.
          • Facilitate regular Leadership meetings ensuring staff receive support, supervision and direction to perform their responsibilities.
          • Actively participate in monthly Labor Management meetings and hold regular meetings with delegates to address issues as they arise. 
          • Oversee HR functions related to the hiring and retention of employees, as well as recruitment of refills for vacancies.
          • Participate in Service System Analysis to determine gaps in services and develop plans to address service gaps. 
          • Provide on call services some evenings and weekends.
          • Performs related duties as required.
          • Additional information can be found here.


          • Considerable knowledge of
            • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
            • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
            • behavioral health policies and systems;
            • principles and practices of public and/or health care administration;
            • recent developments in designated field and ability to translate knowledge into practice;
            • recovery principles and practices;
            • resources available to client population;
          • Considerable
            • interpersonal skills;
            • oral and written communication skills;
            • clinical skills;
            • analytical skills;
          • Considerable ability to
            • develop strategic plans;
            • negotiate, mediate and resolve conflicts;
            • manage staff in a clinical in-patient and outpatient setting;
            • collaborate within department, agency and community.


          A Master's degree in a clinical discipline, public health administration, health care administration or hospital administration and six (6) years of professional experience in behavioral health care.


          Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been in a managerial or supervisory capacity directing clinical operations or the delivery of behavioral health care services including the supervision of professional behavioral health care staff.  

          NOTE: For State Employees, this is at the level of Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor.


          • Experience working in outpatient settings providing services within the community to individuals with severe and persistent behavioral health diagnoses, substance use disorders, medically complex issues and trauma histories.
          • Experience providing, directing and overseeing mental health and/or substance abuse services and working collaboratively with community agencies.
          • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams) and Adobe Acrobat.
          • Possess one of the following licenses: LCSW, LPC, PSYD, PhD.
          • Experience in leading staff to prepare for and participate in Joint Commission surveys.
          • Experience treating high risk individuals in a fast paced outpatient setting.


          Incumbents in this class must maintain the appropriate current license for clinical social work, marital and family therapist, professional counselor, registered nurse, psychologist or alcohol and drug counselor.



          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.