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Principal Psychiatrist

Company: The Department of Children and Families
Location: Middletown
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Job Description:


Are you interested in a career where you can make a difference, do what you are passionate about, and receive personal fulfillment* Do you bring extensive knowledge of methods and principles of psychiatric medicine, current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of youths with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders*
If so, we have an excellent opportunity to be a part of our team!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) seeks a qualified individual for a Principal Psychiatrist. This position is part-time, thirty-four (34) hours per week on first shift. The schedule is Monday through Thursday 8:30 am to 5 pm on the Sachem and Passaic hospital units, including on-call duties as assigned (compensated additionally). This position will be responsible for the psychiatric care of adolescents and will lead an interdisciplinary treatment team and coordinate the execution of comprehensive treatment plans. The psychiatrist in this position may have the opportunity to train and supervise post graduate trainees in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the Yale Child Study Center training program.

The Albert J. Solnit Children's Center South Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric facility for Connecticut s children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus overlooking the Connecticut River in Middletown, CT. The center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.

Our Mission Statement is Caring, Healing and Teaching-Partnering with children, families and communities to build hope and create opportunities. We are widely recognized as a center of excellence for family-centered treatment of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances.


* Children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives.

* Children, youth and their families have the right and responsibility to participate in their treatment.

* No child will be refused treatment based on their ability to pay for services.

* Our services work best when coordinated with community care.


* Four coed hospital units

* Three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF)

* Two Schools

* Indoor pool

* Playgrounds

* Ball field

* Two gyms

* Recreation Rooms

* Outdoor picnic area

The State of Connecticut offers competitive benefits, including a hybrid retirement plan where new employees may elect to participate in the State Employees Retirement System, which provides a retirement benefit, including retiree health insurance. Paid time off is also offered, including 12 paid holidays per calendar year, in addition to vacation, sick and personal leave accruals. *Employees new to State service start at minimum of the salary range.


Please include a resume withing the \\"resume tab\\" of your application. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which supports their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission.

Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Jasmyn Raymond at Jasmyn.Raymond@ct.gov.


In the Departments of Children and Families and Correction, 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; considerable knowledge of current principles and methods of assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; considerable knowledge of recent developments in field of psychiatry and substance abuse including treatment models and best practices; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to examine for, diagnose, assess and treat patients with psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse disorders; considerable ability to 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; ability to analyze and interpret laboratory reports, x-rays and other medical and/or psychological reports and findings; administrative/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.


1. 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.

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits.

5. 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.

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