3.There is hereby established in the Department of Health a Division of Alcoholism under the direction of a division director. The director shall be an individual with training and experience in such areas as public administration or public health or rehabilitation and training in the social sciences or a qualified professional with training or experience in the treatment of behavioral disorders or medical-social problems, or in the organization or administration of treatment services for persons with behavioral disorders or medical-social problems.
There shall be an assistant to the director, who shall have experience in the field of alcohol use disorder.
The director and the director's assistant shall be appointed by the commissioner, with the consent of the public health council.
The commissioner shall appoint and may remove such officers and employees of the division as the commissioner may deem necessary. There shall be an administrator of each facility operated by the department pursuant to this act. Each such administrator shall be a person qualified by training and experience to operate a facility for the treatment of persons with alcohol use disorder or intoxicated persons. The commissioner may establish such other positions in the division and employ such consultants as the commissioner may deem appropriate. Except as otherwise provided by law, all offices and positions in the division shall be subject to the provisions of Title 11A, Civil Service; provided, however, that the provisions of said title shall not apply to the director, physicians, and psychiatrists who have full medical-psychiatric, as opposed to administrative, responsibility; and provided, further, and notwithstanding the preceding proviso or any other provision of law, that all offices and positions, which as a condition of receiving federal grants for programs and activities to which federal standards for a merit system of personnel administration relate and make necessary the application of provisions of the Civil Service law, shall be subject to the provisions of Title 11A, Civil Service, if such federal standards are uniform in all states.
L.1975, c.305, s.3; amended 2017, c.131, s.71.