Classified/Non-Examined 
Class Code Pay Plan Class Title Eff.Date
0452  HC - 28 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH UNIT SUPERVISOR  Apr 20, 2012
PURPOSE OF CLASS:
In a Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and a Department of Children and Families in-patient facility, this class is accountable for directing and supervising a multi-shift clinical unit.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Receives direction from a clinical manager or other employee of higher grade.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
Directly supervises a unit of licensed professionals (such as clinical social workers, psychologists and/or nurse clinicians) and other professional and paraprofessional staff as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
Schedules, assigns and oversees the work of a multi-shift unit including direct supervision of all shifts; participates in the development of unit goals and objectives; develops unit procedures and policies; ensures compliance of unit procedures and policies; assists in recruitment, selection, training and development of staff; develops competency-based job descriptions for unit staff; ensures unit staff receive appropriate training; conducts performance appraisals, determines priorities and plans, coordinates and supervises unit activities; ensures cross-shift communication among staff; develops relationships with and acts as liaison to other operating units, agencies and outside officials; participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team to develop, evaluate and monitor programs; coordinates interdisciplinary team meetings; collaborate and direct any necessary alternate treatment; monitors and tracks client care to ensure quality, effectiveness and timeliness of patient care and requisite hours of treatment are met; facilitates bilingual interpretation as needed; identifies barriers and assists in developing strategies and solutions for improving client care; prepares reports; may perform clinical direct care duties; may write client treatment plans; performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of behavioral health treatment, principles and values of care; considerable knowledge of psychiatric rehabilitation principles and/or addictions detox rehabilitation; considerable knowledge of entitlement and benefit programs; considerable knowledge of variety of intervention and support strategies; knowledge and ability to apply principles of risk management; knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; knowledge of societal, cultural and gender issues as they impact upon mental illness; knowledge of psychotropic medications; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable facilitation, collaboration and conflict resolution skills; ability to identify and articulate philosophical foundtions for specific program models or service approaches; ability to delegate authority; ability to plan and organize effectively; ability to integrate community resources into service delivery planning; ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with community representatives and staff; supervisory ability.
EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:
General Experience:
Seven (7) years of professional health care experience in a behavioral health setting.
Special Experience:
Two (2) years of the General Experience must have been at the lead level responsible for coordinating the work of a unit or team of professionals in a behavioral health setting.

Note: For State Employees the lead level is interpreted at the level of Clinical Social Work Associate for the social work discipline and Head Nurse for the nursing discipline.
Substitutions Allowed:
1.
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2.
A Master's Degree in a health care field related to one of the disciplines in the Special Experience may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
1.
Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a current license as a Clinical Social Worker or as a Registered Professional Nurse or as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Connecticut.
2.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess certification as a clinical supervisor by the Connecticut Certification Board.
3.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
4.
Incumbents in this class maybe required to travel.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Incumbents in this class may be required to lift and restrain clients, may have significant exposure to communicable and/or infectious diseases and risk of injury and may be exposed to strongly disagreeable conditions.
NOTE:
Non-Examined refers to Section 5-219 of the Connecticut General Statutes which permits appointment of candidates to competitive positions without formal examination when a professional license, professional degree, accreditation or certificate is a mandatory requirement for appointment to a class.

This replaces the existing specfication for the same class in Salary Group HC 28 effective January 20, 2006. (Revised to modify Service Status and Special Requirements)

0452A 4/16/12 cm
CC Final#  Occup. Group Bargaining Unit EEO
0452  1786  (25)-Patient and Inmate Care
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
(2)-Professional