Assistant Program Director, Behavioral Health (ASW, AMFT, APCC)

Clinical/Client Services San Mateo, California


Position Title:                    Assistant Program Director (APD)
Program/Dept:                 REACH/FSP/AOT/New Ventures/YAIL
Reports to:                         Director of Case Management
Classification:                   Regular, Full Time, Exempt
Salary Range:                    DOEE + Full Benefits Package

Agency Description:   Founded in San Mateo, California, in 1964, Caminar’s thriving programs and services serve more than 14,000 individuals annually across San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Solano, and Butte Counties. Our nonprofit organization’s portfolio of behavioral health and supportive services empowers and supports individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. And, we are expanding our capacity to address the increasingly complex needs of individuals and families.   

Position Description: Under the supervision of the Director of Case Management, the Assistant Program Director (APD) will assist all case management programs with completing assessments, providing individual family and group therapy, training case managers and reviewing documentation, including progress notes and treatment plans.  APD will provide support and assistance as necessary to psychiatrically disabled individuals living in or in transition to the community.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:       

  • Complete comprehensive clinical assessments for non-clinical case managers.
  • Conduct individual and family therapy as needed to assigned clients utilizing evidence-based practices.
  • Facilitate psychoeducational groups utilizing evidence-based practices, including DBT Skills Groups and Harm Reduction.
  • Assist Program Directors with the review and approval of weekly progress notes, focusing primarily on new staff within programs and providing additional training as needed.
  • Assist with the onboarding and training of new employees.
  • Oversee the development of client treatment plans and other charting documentation, including initial assessments, admission and discharge summaries, and progress notes.
  • Provide crisis management support including initiating 5150’s and utilize de-escalation techniques whenever possible to defuse a situation and keep clients and staff safe.
  • In team meetings, contribute to the development of individual treatment and behavior plans.
  • Assist Program Directors in providing coverage for client caseloads when scheduling/staffing levels necessitates, and when APD has availability to provide coverage for programs.
  • For providing client coverage, APD will support the development and attainment of client rehabilitation goals, including securing of housing and employment, development of a support system, increasing socialization skills, participating in recreational activities, etc.
  • Document in a timely manner treatment planning and interventions according to agency, County, and Medi-Cal billing and quality assurance requirements.
  • Work closely with DCM and QI Director to ensure all documentation and services performed meet Federal, State and County guidelines.
  • Ensure that medical record documentation is properly maintained, stored, and kept confidential.
  • Participate in quarterly CARF chart audits.
  • Drive own or agency vehicle to treatment destinations, as required; documenting and reporting mileage according to agency procedures, so that services can be provided in a timely manner; comply with agency vehicle policy at all times.
  • Perform all job functions in cooperation with the supervisor, other staff on the case management team, and other service providers involved in the treatment effort, including sharing information regarding all important interventions.
  • Participate in staff meetings and attend other meetings, as assigned.
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled weekly and clinical supervision sessions.
  • Attend and complete trainings as assigned and in a timely manner.
  • Complete and submit accurate time sheets and absence reports to program management in a timely manner.
  • Develop and maintain a respectful, caring, tolerant, ethical, and empowering relationship with all individuals served.
  • Promote within the agency and with the general public the philosophy and practice of social rehabilitation.
  • Actively nurture and advance the cooperative, harmonious and teamwork oriented environment Caminar strives to promote within the workplace; Through daily efforts and presentation promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the organization’s mission, philosophy, policies and procedures.
  • Perform other related duties, responsibilities and special projects as assigned.

Requirements, Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be passionate about Caminar's mission.
  • Candidates must be registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (AMFT, ASW, etc.); licensed supervision hours available.
  • MA/MS in mental health/social work related field. 
  • Minimum one year experience completing Medi-Cal documentation.
  • Minimum two years of demonstrated work experience providing case management services to SMI/DD is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of CARF accreditation process.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated ability to implement the following evidence-based models: Psychosocial Rehabilitation, ACT Model, Full Service Partnership, Harm Reduction, Housing First, and Motivational Interviewing preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to meet and receive a criminal records clearance, as required by Title XXII, other licensing regulations, and Caminar practices.
  • This position requires frequent driving. A valid California driver license, reliable personal vehicle, current personal auto insurance as required by law, and an MVR sufficient to obtain and reasonably maintain insurability under agency auto liability policies are all essential job requirements. 
  • Must be able to pass post offer, pre-employment medical and drug tests as required under State Community Care Licensing regulations and/or agency policies.
  • A personal cell phone with reliable service and, if applicable, a data plan to use for business purposes.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain First Aid and CPR.
Caminar is a leader in providing innovative client-oriented behavioral health services and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our team.  Please visit our web site at