Principal Psychiatrist (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240620-6186RQ-001


Are you a Board Certified Psychiatrist looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful impact?
Join us as a Principal Psychiatrist and work with those who need it most, providing transformative mental health care in the public sector.
Apply today to be part of our dedicated team!

Join the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as a Principal Psychiatrist! Step into a rewarding career where your expertise and empathy can transform lives. Discover more below and join us in making a meaningful impact in mental healthcare!

  • Thirty thousand dollars ($30,000) may be approved as a recruitment incentive, in addition to the base annual salary.
  • A three thousand dollar ($3,000) annual bonus will be eligible for physicians who are Board-Certified in their area of practice.
  • Physicians who have a job related second Board (e.g., Forensic psychiatry, Addiction psychiatry, etc.) will be eligible to receive a five thousand dollar ($5,000) annual bonus.
  • Voluntary on-call coverage is available at additional reimbursement.   
  • Up to 16 hours per month paid Continuing Medical Education or Professional Development / Maintenance of Certification.
  • Offer H1B assistance available. 
  • FACILITY: Capitol Region Mental Health Center (CRMHC)
  • UNIT: Inpatient Treatment Unit (ITU)
  • ADDRESS: 500 Vine Street, Hartford, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time (40 hours weekly), First Shift, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Explore our comprehensive State Employee Benefits Overview to see what we offer
  • Be part of the prestigious Forbes-ranked State of Connecticut, recognized as one of the Best Employers of 2023. Experience national acclaim for provid ing unparalleled job growth, competitive benefits, and flexible schedules.
  • Enjoy endless opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Embrace a healthy work/life balance tailored to all employees
    • Be part of a vibrant professional learning community of Board Certified Psychiatrists who work together
    • Provide support to an agency that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve
    • Make a difference in the public sector
    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.

    CRMHC is a community based mental health center serving Hartford, West Hartford, Farmington, Avon, Canton and Simsbury providing individuals with behavioral health services.  CRMHC collaborates with the greater Hartford DMHAS-Funded mental health programs comprising 15 non-profit agencies located in Hartford and West Hartford.  These agencies work together to provide a comprehensive array of behavioral health services to adults with serious psychiatric disabilities as well as co-occurring psychiatric illness and substance use.

    The Inpatient Treatment Unit (ITU) is a sixteen bed inpatient care unit which operates seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The major function of the program is to provide inpatient services to people from the CRMHC service area with a focus on those who are uninsured, who cannot obtain services from other providers, and are served by CRMHC. This program provides a broad range of services including medication management, individual and group therapy, occupational therapy, and recreational interventions. The average length of stay in this program is about 180 days. 


    “If you love psychiatry, the DMHAS patient population will offer a unique learning and practice experience, exposure to a variety of disorders and people who need help, support, people who have very little. I have been lucky to work with people who are dedicated, selfless and willing to go the extra mile, grounded and with good work ethic.” -Dr. M. Patrascu, DMHAS Principal Psychiatrist

    Selection Plan

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    • 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 Children and Families, Correction and Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for providing clinical administrative/supervisory functions and/or direct care psychiatric services as a board-certified advanced clinician.


    • Provides 24-hour supervision to specified groups of patients and facility coverage as scheduled including on-call coverage and weekend coverage; 
    • Makes rounds and provides direct care and clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary treatment teams; 
    • Coordinates work of medical staff with related programs; 
    • Reviews treatment plans, clinical records, diagnoses, and patient discharge plans for adherence to policies and/or The Joint Commission (TJC) and Health Care Financing Authority (HCFA) standards; 
    • Provides education and training as indicated, e.g., grand rounds and case conferences; 
    • Assigns, oversees and evaluates work of staff and on-site night duty physicians and/or psychiatrists; 
    • Conducts and/or participates in meetings on clinical and administrative policy, research programs, clinical program development and treatment techniques; 
    • Assesses, examines and evaluates patients for admission or discharge; 
    • Assesses, examines, diagnoses and prescribes appropriate medications and other biologic and psychosocial treatments for patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; 
    • Performs advanced level risk assessments; 
    • Consults on difficult and/or complex cases; 
    • Develops and implements QA and/or QI process improvement initiatives; 
    • Prepares and/or reviews reports, medical records and correspondence; 
    • Performs utilization review and management functions; 
    • Attends court hearings as a state witness; 
    • Performs related duties as required.


    • Considerable knowledge of
      • methods and principles of behavioral health medicine; 
      • current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; 
      • recent developments in field of psychiatry and substance abuse including treatment models and best practices; 
    • Considerable
      • interpersonal skills; 
      • oral and written communication skills; 
    • Considerable ability to
      • examine for, diagnose, assess and treat patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; 
      • prescribe and conduct psychotherapy, medications and other treatments specific to psychiatric and substance abuse disorders; 
    • Ability to
      • develop a collaborative group practice environment with other psychiatrists, physicians and members of interdisciplinary teams; 
      • analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-rays and other medical and/or psychological reports and findings; 
    • Administrative ability;
    • Supervisory ability.


    Incumbents in this class must possess and retain certification as a specialist in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology or board certification in Adult or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.


    • Experience as an attending psychiatrist working with an interdisciplinary team on an inpatient psychiatric unit
    • Experience treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
    • Experience with using Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) for substance use disorders


    • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a license to practice medicine and surgery in Connecticut. A temporary license may be granted for a period not to exceed one (1) year.
    • 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 an area such as geriatrics, ABI/TBI, forensics, substance abuse, etc.
    • 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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