Program Director of Respite - TEMPORARY

Pittsfield, MA

**At this time, this position will be available temporarily. Please apply for further information**

General Description

To provide overall oversight and management of the DMH Transitional beds in Berkshire County.

Essential Job Functions


  • Follow and adhere to the policies and procedures of the Acute Care Division and the Brien Center
  • Maintain ethical and professional standards
  • Represent the Brien Center in a professional manner in all community contacts
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Brien Center’s mission and community mental health principles
  • Flexibly respond to program needs
  • Work cooperatively with other staff and team members
  • Provide oversight of staff within the Brenton program.


  • Treat consumers and referral sources in a respectful and caring manner
  • Provide a complete diagnostic assessment to include risk assessment, differential diagnosis, and level of care recommendations
  • Provide collateral information to community supports and assist the consumer in discharge planning process and connection to alternative levels of care
  • Hold family meetings as needed
  • Manage crisis situations as necessary
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Department of Mental Health utilizing the care and treatment plans for consumers in the DMH Transitional beds
  • Work collaboratively with the crisis team, hospitals, and other referral sources
  • Obtain authorization, utilization review, and collaborate with insurance companies as needed .


  • Provide supervision to all the direct care staff at Brenton.
  • Provide clinical direction and oversight  at Brenton.
  • Write and review all clinical policies and procedures in conjunction with the Division Director.
  • Complete performance evaluations on all direct care staff


  • Maintain clear and legible client records and complete documentation in a timely manner
  • Submit SAL’s and documentation at the end of each shift
  • Attend and participate in clinical supervision with the Division Director
  • Co- lead staff meetings with the Division Director and the other Acute Service managers
  • Attend provider meetings and case supervision
  • Participate in program development and CQI/QA projects
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • PhD, MSW or Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counseling, Psychiatric Nursing other equivalent graduate clinical degree
  • Must be licensed in social work or mental health
  • 2-3 year’s post license clinical experience preferred
  • Must have valid drivers license and use of personal vehicle


  • Excellent oral and presentation skills
  • Leadership talent and ability to think quickly and determine and implement clinical decisions
  • Demonstrate clear leadership ability to other team members
  • Decisive decision making and clinical expertise in crisis theory and intervention
  • Working knowledge of computers
  • Knowledge of DSM IV
  • Knowledge of community resources