Nurse Clinician



The Nurse Clinician is responsible for assessing, planning and monitoring care for psychiatric and forensic clients identified as potentially eligible for admission to the 60 West nursing care facility. Potentially eligible individuals include those persons with chronic medical or cognitive issues that are believed to be manageable in a nursing home level of care but have been identified as “difficult to place” due to criminal history or other challenging behaviors.  The Nurse Clinician will be responsible for traveling to correctional facilities and state hospitals within the State of Connecticut. The Nurse Clinician will act as liaison between the Department of Mental Health (DMHAS) and Addiction Services, Department of Corrections (DOC) and other agencies for the purposes of identifying and assessing appropriate candidates for admission to 60 West Nursing Facility, a secure nursing home facility located in Rocky Hill, CT.  This assessment process will include, but may not be limited to, the following:  completing a functional skills assessment, risk assessment, bio-psychosocial spiritual assessment, forensic assessment and understanding of the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR).  The Nurse Clinician will be responsible for development and monitoring of the person-centered treatment/recovery plan. The Nurse Clinician will establish and provide regular trainings to nursing facility staff focused on establishing and maintaining a therapeutic milieu and will work in collaboration with nursing facility staff to ensure safe, competent goal-oriented care. This position will represent ABH®, DMHAS and its services in a positive and professional manner and adhere to ABH®’s best practices, guidelines, policies and procedures as established, promoting ABH® as a leader in behavioral healthcare in all interactions and work.


  • Review client records and meet with client (and legal representative, if indicated);
  • Performs battery of assessments including, but not limited to, the following:  functional skills assessment, risk assessment and risk mitigation summary, bio-psychosocial-spiritual assessment;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the PASRR requirements and process;
  • Develop a behavioral plan and goal-oriented, person-centered Recovery Plan that can be implemented in a nursing home setting;
  • Acts as a liaison between the DMHAS, DOC, DSS, referral source and other identified parties;
  • Participate in case conferences, discharge planning meetings, and 60 West UM Committee meetings to finalize admission plans;
  • Travels statewide to perform assessment and evaluate potential clients eligible who are currently incarcerated in a correctional facility or on an inpatient state psychiatric hospital and who are candidates for long-term nursing home placement;
  • Monitor, maintain and periodically update all recovery plans and level of care assessments;
  • Establish and provide regular trainings for nursing home staff for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a therapeutic milieu and ensuring safe, competent, goal-oriented care.
  • Maintains an understanding of Medicaid behavioral health benefits and remains current on covered benefits, limitations, exclusions, and policies and procedures, in regards to services;
  • Supervises collection of information regarding the delivery and outcomes of services to clients, and uses that information to recommend modifications to plan policies and procedures which improve the delivery of services to clients;
  • Assists with coordinating information and making presentations to participating providers, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties;
  • Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness and outcome of treatment and service plans, and recommends modifications as necessary to provide optimal clinically appropriate services with a goal of maintenance in the community at the least restrictive level of care;
  • Attends case conferences, interagency and treatment planning meetings;
  • Participates in professional development activities;
  • Attends annual Conflict of Interest training;
  • Attends  training specific to job duties;
  • Maintains confidentiality of all client protected health information and adheres to all HIPAA related policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior and cultural sensitivity in all activities involving individuals of diverse backgrounds;
  • Performs other tasks/responsibilities as required to support the business operations.


  • Registered Nurse with active licensure in the State of Connecticut, Master degree preferred or equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required skills and abilities
  • Minimum of 5 years experience performing assessments/evaluations on psychiatric and forensic clients;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the PASRR requirements and process;
  • Experience and in-depth knowledge and application of nursing home placement criteria and care provided in skilled nursing facilities;
  • General knowledge of best practices in behavioral health, emphasizing work with special needs or priority populations and in public sector systems.


  • Independent problem solving based on advanced-level knowledge of the service delivery system, the provider network, client services policies, clients rights and responsibilities, and the operating practices of the organization;
  • Excellent clinical skills with sophisticated understanding of the over-all needs of individual clients form a strengths based perspective; 
  • Ability to propose and implement creative solutions to client problems and to achieve a high level of client satisfaction with services;
  • Must be flexible, able to multi-task and able to respond quickly and positively to shifting priorities;
  • Excellent clinical, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to meet assigned deadlines;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of behavioral health assessment, PASRR, forensic and risk assessment tools;
  • Must have valid Connecticut driver’s license and reliable transportation;
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to work on multiple tasks and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent PC skills with demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office Package (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Outlook); internet;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Attends annual Conflict of Interest training.

If your qualifications match these job requirements and you are interested in pursuing this potential position and joining a dynamic company, please apply on-line at include resume, letter of interest and salary requirements/range. 

                 ABH® is an Equal Opportunity Employer




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Advanced Behavioral Health, Inc.

213 Court Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: (860) 638-5309
Fax: (860) 638-5302