Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Program Manager- CAT/ATD

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

    Community Assessment Team (CAT) is a voluntary program that provides services for the entire family. We offer assessment, as well as providing strength-based groups for youth, and parenting classes for parents. CAT Plus has an additional component that focuses on pregnancy prevention and STD awareness. Alternatives to Detention (ATD) is a family support program which offers counseling, case management, and cool bed services, with the goal of keeping low-risk juvenile offenders out of Juvenile Hall.


    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 management and supervision of the Community Assessment Team and Alternatives to Detention. These programs include community-centered prevention and intervention programming. Services include family-centered case management and mental health services aimed at reducing the risk of juvenile justice involvement or escalation within the juvenile justice system for youth ages 6-18. The Program Manager is responsible for the overall operation of these programs including leadership, supervision and oversight of administrative activities, finances, record keeping, contract compliance and reporting and safety. The Program Manager oversees operations as outlined in the MHS, Inc. Personnel Policies and Procedures.

    Education/Experience Requirements

    • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, or other closely related area and BBS registration or licensure as A/LMFT, A/LCSW, or A/LPCC preferred, with at least 2 years of experience providing direct services to youth; or Bachelor’s Degree in one of these areas with at least 4 years of experience providing direct services to youth in a multi-disciplinary setting.
    • At least two years of supervisory experience preferred.
    • Demonstrated achievement and increased responsibility in the mental health profession.
    • Knowledge and practice of Trauma Informed principles and systemic perspective. Must have training and practice in Motivational Interviewing.
    • Overall responsibility for the CAT and ATD programs operation including staffing, meeting contract requirements, complying with MHS, Inc. policy and procedure and applicable Federal, State and municipal codes, laws and regulations.
    • Participate in all contract required meetings and ensure compliance with all aspects of contracts, including meeting attendance and achieving pay points.
    • Provide monthly administrative supervision to each staff. Facilitate monthly staff meeting. Keep staff informed of updates in MHS policy and procedures, contract requirements and set goals for achieving paypoints.
    • Supervise and coach staff performance utilizing sound management practice to highlight staff strengths in performance and to provide direction and discipline when performance is deficient. Ensure that clients’ social, emotional and behavioral needs are met within the boundaries of professional standards.
    • When applicable, coordinate with the Clinical Supervisor to provide supervision for post-graduate interns collecting hours toward licensure.
    • Coach, model and train staff in the use of evidence based and/or best practice models shown effective in providing prevention and intervention for youth at risk of entering or escalating within the juvenile justice system.
    • Oversee coordination of services including outreach, case management, clinical services including psychiatry, consultants and linkage to other community providers.
    • Participate in community-based meetings, events and activities to build public relations, educate the community, promote the services offered by both CAT and ATD, and recruit and place interns and employees.
    • Act as liaison and provide consultation as needed for San Diego County Juvenile Probation and North Inland school districts.
    • Adhere to program budget. Review the monthly spending for each program to ensure financial integrity. Maintain thorough and accurate financial records to account for all expenditures. Consults with Vice President regarding financial issues.
    • Monitor Lead Case Manager’s oversight of flex funds and petty cash, monthly reports, and electronic health records and charts to ensure complete, accurate and timely records per contract requirements and MHS policy and procedure.
    • Complete monthly and quarterly reports in collaboration with the Lead Case Manager and the Clinical Supervisor.


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