Genesis HealthCare Careers

Director-Program Behavioral (Full Time)

Highland, California

Job Description

Sierra Vista Behavioral Health Center is seeking a Program Director for its 116-bed behavioral health facility in Highland, near San Bernardino. Sierra Vista, which is licensed as a Skilled Nursing Facility, has a state-approved Special Treatment Program to serve adults with chronic and persistent mental illness, including schizophrenia and psychotic, mood and personality disorders.

The Program Director plans, develops, coordinates, and supervises the Special Treatment Program and other therapeutic activity programs which meet the needs and interests of each resident in the facility in accordance with regulatory requirements under state and federal law and company policies and procedures.

Organizes and supervises the provision of activity groups and special rehabilitative services of the Special Treatment Program, including assessment, certification, treatment planning, and direct treatment services.
Acts as head of behavioral service, coordinating the Special Treatment Program and other services within the overall treatment schedule with other departments in the facility.
Ensures quality and compliance of direct care services and clinical documentation via routine and random monitoring/audits, ongoing staff education, and consultation with the interdisciplinary professional staff.
Recruits, trains and supervises Primary Counselors, Mental Health Counselors, and other Special Treatment Program staff.

Ensures the staff inservice education program is provided per state regulation.
Provides direct individual or group service, as needed, in order to meet residents' needs and ensure effective program supervision.
Monitors resident participation and progress in the program on a regular basis to identify trends, ensure timely intervention to changes in condition or baseline behavior, or determine readiness to transition to a lower level of care.
Facilitates routine and ad hoc Interdisciplinary Team Meetings.
Works closely with external partners, such as conservators, case managers, family members, patients' rights staff, regulatory agencies, and county contract personnel.
Coordinates community contacts for Special Treatment Program services brought into the facility.





Per Title 22 regulation, the Program Director shall have at least two years of experience or training in a mental health setting, one year of which shall include experience or training in program development for mentally disordered. Additionally, the Program Director shall be one of the following:

-- Registered Nurse, Licensed Vocational Nurse, or Psychiatric Technician; 
-- Art, Dance, Music, Occupational, or Recreation Therapist; 

-- Licensed psychologist; or

-- Social worker.
One year behavioral or activity program supervision with employee management experience preferred.


Candidates with a Bachelor's or higher degree in Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or other relevant field may be considered provided they have sufficient work experience in a mental health setting, including supervisory experience, per the CA Department of Health Care Services.


Ability to lead a clinical management team, coordinate care with external consultants/agencies and monitor resident treatment and care.
Understanding of psychiatric illness and its treatment, including the ability to assess and implement treatment plans for seriously mentally ill adults.
Ability to interact, communicate and respect residents who are seriously and persistently mentally ill.
Ability to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnel, develop/maintain good personnel relations and employee morale.
Ability to complete Professional Assault Response Training (Pro-ACT) and to demonstrate its principles on a day-to-day basis.
Sufficient computer skills required to perform duties.

Position Type: Full Time
Req ID: 305751
Center Name: Sierra Vista Behavioral Health