The Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF) has a Principal Psychiatrist opportunities at the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center (AJSCC), South Campus in Middletown, CT. The Principal Psychiatrist is responsible for providing consultation and support in addressing the behavioral health needs of children served by DCF.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: monitoring and facilitating the appropriate use of psychotropic medications in all children committed to or in the temporary custody of DCF through the Centralized Medication Consent Unit (CMCU) and contribution to optimizing outcomes for children with behavioral health issues served by DCF.
Applicants with experience and knowledge in the medical subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry preferred.
Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm and requires on-call after hours and weekend coverage as assigned for emergency medication approval requests and/or other requests for emergency consultations for children committed to DCF or those in the temporary custody of DCF.
Minimum Qualifications Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 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.
General Experience: 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.
Special Requirement: 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.
Application Instructions: Qualified candidates must submit a CT-HR-12 (CT State application), resume, letter of intent, the names and contact information for three (3) supervisory references, original transcripts and a copy of any license or certification required. The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
If you have questions regarding this position please contact CT DCF / Human Resources at 860-704-4224.
Additional Salary Information: Connecticut is an excellent state to raise families and has outstanding schools, colleges and universities. There is an excellent salary, medical/dental and retirement benefit package and paid sick/vacation/personal leave for this position.