Principal Psychiatrist (40 Hour)


Recruitment #240627-6186RQ-002


Do you want to be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals and assist our clients/patients so they can achieve success? 
If so, apply today to make an impact as a Principal Psychiatrist for the State of Connecticut!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is now hiring a Principal Psychiatrist to join their team.  

Additional Compensation Bonus Eligibility
  • 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, Child & Adolescent psychiatry, etc.) will be eligible to receive a five thousand dollar ($5,000) annual bonus.
  • Voluntary on-call coverage and weekend coverage are available at additional significant reimbursement.   
  • 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.
  • H1B assistance available. 
  • FACILITY: Southwest Connecticut Mental Health System (SWCMHS)
  • LOCATION: Franklin S. Dubois Center
  • UNIT: FSDC Medical Services 1
  • ADDRESS: 1351 Washington Blvd Ste 500, Stamford, CT
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, 40 hours per week, First shift, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
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.  

On-call is not required.  Each team provides deep support via integrated robust resources including case managers, clinicians, SUD counselors, nurses, recovery support specialists; and there are many additional onsite resources for our clients, such as the admission team, housing assistance, employment assistance, OT assessments, and more.   

      • 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; and
      • Make a difference in the public sector!
      Living in Connecticut allows you to enjoy mountains, forests, ocean fronts, rivers, and a wonderful green countryside right at your doorstep. The state boasts charm, elegance, and a high standard of living. Our school systems offer outstanding education, and our communities are among the safest in the country. Connecticut experiences all four seasons and gives you the option to choose between sophisticated country life and the center of a lively city. We encourage you to come see all that Connecticut has to offer by joining DMHAS! This position, located in Stamford, offers an excellent central location with direct access to a beautiful shoreline, natural environment, vacation destinations, and cities including New Haven, NYC, and Boston.

      We strive to empower our staff to actively help our state's citizens and our neighbors who need it the most! We care deeply about fulfilling our mission to partner with the individuals we support and their families. We welcome you to be a part of a comprehensive team of caring professionals and assist our clients/patients so they can achieve success. You will experience the opportunity to make a difference in the public sector as well as Make a difference as a Principal Psychiatrist for the State of Connecticut! 

      “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

      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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      • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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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.


      • Assesses, diagnoses and prescribes appropriate medications and other biologic and psychosocial treatments for patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; 
      • Works as part of multidisciplinary team including RN’s, LCSW’s, mental health workers and further support staff to provide direct care;
      • Participates in monitoring delivery of health care services;
      • Consults with clinical staff regarding assessment methods and treatment plans;
      • Acts as liaison between agency and community healthcare providers;
      • Assists families and other groups in understanding psychiatric and medical needs of clients served by the agency;
      • 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; 
      • May provide training and supervision to nursing and paraprofessional staff;
      • May make referrals, conduct client centered case reviews, and education to clients and families;
      • Performs related duties as required. 
      For more information, please refer to the job specification


      • 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.


      • 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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