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Location: San Diego
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Job Details

Job Location
Main Campus - San Diego, CA

Position Type
Full Time

Education Level
Graduate Degree

Salary Range
$90,000.00 - $92,000.00 Salary/year

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The Admissions and Intake Director (AID)provides leadership and oversees the intake processes of the Residential, IOP, PHP and IFS programs (Intensive Clinical Services). In addition, the AID oversees all aspects of the implementation of SDCCs Mental Health Access Program (MHAP). As necessary, the Director provides intake services directly or delegates to department personnel to carry out. The department is responsible for screening requests for admission to all Intensive Clinical Services and initiating in-depth studies of those applicants for admission based on the programs clinical criteria. The Intake and Admissions Department is responsible for determining appropriateness for referrals and coordinating admission in the most appropriate program within the Centers array of services or facilitating contact with a more appropriate provider. Other duties include coordination of planned discharges to other programs or transfers within the array of services at the Center, liaison with insurance companies, and coordinate school enrollment. The AID is responsible to work collaboratively with the Director of Business Development and Program Managers/Directors, to coordinate outreach efforts to increase census, develop positive professional relationships with referral sources and vendors, and maintain those formed relationships. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Oversight of the Intake and Admissions Departments operations and personnel.
  • Oversee the process of screening and documenting all referrals and inquiries for admission to SDCC Intensive Clinical Services.
  • Coordinate the process of gathering and promptly reviewing reports (with signed release of information) from referring agencies and oversee comprehensive screening process to make admission determinations.
  • Develop processes and protocols to ensure consistency across Intensive Clinical Services intakes and admissions processes.
  • Oversee process to ensure the orientation of child and family to the residential programs by providing tours, family handbooks, and answering questions; or refer to the appropriate staff member when indicated to ensure potential clients and their families feel welcome and informed.
  • Maintain knowledge of mental health services in San Diego and refer cases non meeting SDCC admissions criteria to other facilities or providers as needed.
  • Maintain records on all referrals and dispositions and maintain a wait list when necessary.
  • Ensure all offers of admission have been approved by the Program Managers/Directors and meet all contract requirements.
  • Ensure admissions to various programs are consistent with regulatory requirements, contract requirements, and the policies and procedures of San Diego Center for Children.
  • Ensure appropriate authorizations are requested and obtained for admission as consistent with county, schools and contract requirements, and insurance requirements when indicated.
  • Ensure the communication with program staff of pertinent information for a smooth admission process
  • Establish and maintain excellent collaborative relationships with family members, caregivers, referral sources, school districts and any other agency or person affiliated with the intake and admissions process.
  • Participate in Business Development meetings and facilitate a weekly census meeting to report on status of open referrals, upcoming discharges and other pertinent information (e.g., referral sources).
  • Travel and represent the Center in promoting community relations through educational presentations or outreach programs in the community and areas in which we provide treatment services.
  • When necessary, ensure the coordinated enrollment to SDCCs Academy in a timely manner.
  • Work effectively with individuals of diverse style, ability, background and motivation.
  • Immediately report any safety concerns.
  • Perform special projects, assignments and other related duties as assigned.


    The San Diego Center for Children is committed to:
    • Actively recruiting, retaining, and supporting diverse staff at all levels of the organization
    • Ensuring that diverse perspectives are included in the development and implementation of policies, practices and services and that individuals feel empowered to advance our mission within an atmosphere of trust, safety, and respect
    • Encourage and provide access to professional development in order to deliver equitable and culturally informed services to the population we serve.


      • Must have a current license or pre-license number issued by the State of California oversight board for that license: LCSW, LMFT, LPCC Psych or PsyD. APCC may be considered with additional educational requirements.
      • Valid California Drivers License (CDL)
      • Masters degree from an accredited university.
      • Experience working with youth and caregivers.
      • Must be able to demonstrate skill in writing clinical notes, assessments and clinical formulation. Documentation and clinical formulation writing skills will be tested.

        • Bi-lingual in Spanish
        • Experience and/or Training in Case Management
        • Experience in a Residential setting and with multi-disciplinary teams.
        • Experience working with CWS, adoptions, insurance and/or foster care youth and caregivers
        • Experience working with the education system and with IEPs.
        • Training/experience in the area of latency and adolescent age students and families is desired as is the knowledge of basic case management skills.
        • Training in Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, and/or Family Engagement and Family Therapy.

Keywords: SAN DIEGO CENTER FOR CHILDREN, San Diego , ADMISSIONS AND INTAKE DIRECTOR, Executive , San Diego, California

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