Job Description

BP – Assistant Program Director (Joe Healy Detox)


 The Assistant Program Director, under the supervision of the Project Director, is responsible for the management of clinical and rehabilitation services, staffing, facilities, and fiscal operations of the Joe Healy Detox Program, a 5-7 day substance withdrawal management component and potential for longer stay connected to transitions to residential SUD/MH treatment.

The Assistant Program Director supervises the counseling staff and participates in the management of client flow at the program and advocates for and responds to the clients’ treatment and rehabilitation needs.

REPORTS TO: Project Director


  • Supervises the delivery high quality clinical, rehabilitative and culturally competent services to clients with primary psychiatric diagnosis who may also have SUD, and HIV-related issues.
  • Must be able to perform and train program Residential/Relief Counselors in the following duties:
    • Perform intake interviews and assist with AVATAR-EMR client treatment plan development, implementation and discharge planning.
    • Assess and document the clinical needs of clients utilizing EMR assessments and chart documentation including: ASI and ASAM Level of Care assessments, treatment plans of care, daily progress notes per shift and weekly progress notes.
    • Evaluate clients for crises indicators and determine appropriate intervention and management in collaboration with the clinical treatment team at the program.
    • Conduct individual and group counseling sessions as assigned and document client group participation to Drug Medi-Cal standards.
    • Develop client Treatment Plans of Care, relapse prevention and recovery plans and monitor and document clients’ progress toward achievement of goals.
    • Observe and document client condition every 30 minutes throughout the entire treatment episode. .
    • Counsels and guides clients teaching recovery living skills, self-care, personal interaction, and social relationships, relapse trigger awareness, recovery, and discharge planning.
    • Ensure that clients are linked with primary care providers (psychiatric and medical) and assist with identifying and accessing community resources.
    • Co-facilitates with Project Director weekly staff meeting and participate regularly in shift change reports on the floor of assigned supervision.
    • Must work collaboratively and collegially with clinician/s on-site and in the community.
  • Provide program on-call manager duty. May rotate with second Assistant Director or Project Director.
  • Must schedule, in collaboration with Project Director, individual and documented supervision for all counseling staff working in program.
  • Responsible for providing counseling staff with daily assignments and managing their weekly time and attendance to agency attendance policy.
  • Supervises the program van driver as assigned by the Project Director.
  • Participates with Project Director in staff interviews, trains, supervises and completes performance evaluations annually for assigned counselor personnel within the program.
  • Effectively and consistently uses Baker Places Personnel Policies and the SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in all staff encounters, actions and decisions.
  • Develops and maintains good working relationship with client referral sources and other related SUD/MH/HIV community service programs.
  • Review/audit all active client records and charts weekly and enter results in the agency electronic audit tool for accuracy.
  • Ensure Drug Medi-Cal documentation requirements are met, especially timely LPHA approval of TPOC’s, client diagnosis and medical necessity as part of the ASAM LOC assessment and referral Works closely with agency Quality Management Department.
  • Ensures ALL client chart comply with agency data and claims standards and submits the monthly ARIES and DATAR electronic reports in a timely manner .
  • Set-up and coordinate staff work schedules. Manage counselor shift bid process on-site and report outcome to HR and Project Director.
  • Maintains program physical and clinical environment and services in accordance with agency standards, to ensure that all clients receive care and supervision that includes but is not limited to:
    • Principles of nutrition, food preparation and storage, and menu planning.
    • Housekeeping and sanitation principles.
    • Recognition of the early signs of illness and need for professional assistance.
    • Identification and access to community services.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Must be able to navigate several flights of stairs many times daily.
  • Must be able to do extensive charting and documentation.
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds
  • Responsible to physically respond to client needs in the event of a crisis.


  • Must be a certified or registered Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselor with CCAPP or CADPT with experience in  SUD/MH behavioral health setting. Previous staff supervision experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of and ability to comply with applicable DHCS-SUD program licensing and certification standards as well as agency and SFDPH/BHS contract goals and objectives.
  • Maintain valid CPR and First Aid Certification and annual TB clearance
  • Participate in online training in and must pass the ‘Cal-Oms web based training’ within 30 days of hire.
  • Ability to schedule, define and direct the work of others.
  • Ability to participate as assigned to recruit, train, and evaluate residential counselor staff.
  • Have an understanding of and commitment to Social Rehabilitation principles in interactions with clients, client family/friends/significant others, staff and community partners as defined by CASRA.
  • Must demonstrate cultural competency while working with diverse populations on the issues of mental health, substance abuse and HIV-AIDS in a social rehabilitation treatment model.
  • Requires experience-compiling data, creating and distributing reports, and responding to governmental/agency requests for information in a timely manner.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with staff, client, family/significant others and community providers both verbally and in writing.

If interested in this employment opportunity please e-mail your resume and cover letter to or fax to 415-864-4089. If sending your resume/cover letter via e-mail, please send it as a Microsoft Word document or in PDF form.