Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Program Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-ESCONDIDO
    Req No.
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    BPSR Kinesis North located in Escondido, provides mental health treatment in an outpatient setting to adults, including Transitional Age Youth (TAY), living with a serious and persistent psychiatric illness.  We provide individual, group therapy, family therapy, social skills building groups, case management, employment assistance, peer support, and medication assessment and monitoring.  In addition, BPSR Kinesis North provides telepsychiatry services for the Ramona and Fallbrook service locations.


    Company Description

    Mental Health Systems, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.

    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. Eligible part-time employees will receive benefits on a prorated basis.

    Position Description

    The Program Manager is responsible for the overall operation of the program including ensuring quality of services, staff management, leadership and supervision, financial matters, administrative activities, record keeping, safety and compliance. As program needs demand, the Program Manager also provides individual assessment and group and individual counseling and rehabilitation services to clients. The Program Manager demonstrates a strong working knowledge of medical model, best practices in counseling, bio-psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery, and the CCISC model of integrated services for co-occurring disorders.



    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Ensures that all charting and documentation as contractually required and in timely manner as dictated by program requirements.
    • Liaison with SD County Mental Health Services, SD County Alcohol and Drug Services, and community-based organizations, representing the agency as directed by Division Vice President at meetings and committees.
    • Maintains thorough and accurate financial records, including accurately balanced petty cash fund and accounting for all expenditures. Consults with Division Vice President regarding financial issues.
    • Oversees and is responsible for program operations, including fiscal and administrative management, quality assurance, implementation of policies and procedures, and overall contract compliance.
    • Oversees all potential sources of revenue, including insurance and client fees, to ensure maximum recoupment.
    • Oversees facilities by ensuring equipment is in good operating condition, maintaining the work area in a clean and neat manner, ensuring a safe working environment, and reporting deficiencies and vandalism to Division Vice President and Facilities Department.
    • Oversees clinical and administrative operation of the program, implements and monitors approved policies and procedures, ensures the highest quality of services and promotes program growth and development.
    • Prepares contractually required reports regarding program progress and success.
    • Recruits, assesses and recommends candidates to fill vacant positions. Fully implements affirmative action, equal opportunity and cultural diversity at the recruitment level.
    • Supervises and coaches staff performance and utilizes sound management practice theory to both reward good performance and correct deficiencies. Provides leadership necessary to achieve program success.
    • Supervises accurate data collection, compilation and record keeping; prepares contractually required reports.
    • Trains staff in proper documentation procedures and responsibility for documentation quality during Medi-Cal audits.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work as necessary to ensure efficient and effective program operation and success. Is on-site at least 80% of the time the program is operating.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling or related field.
    • Five years of experience working with mentally ill and dually diagnosed populations in a clinical setting.
    • Two years of supervisory experience in a similar work setting
    • Current BBS licensure as a MFT, LCSW, LPCC; licensure as Psychologist; or License Waivered.


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