Mental Health Systems Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
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  1. Great company providing great service

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Bernardino, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in San Bernardino, CA

    I worked at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, good to its employees. Solid management team

    Cons

    Focus changed to Drug and Alcohol as main priority

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Good opportunity for MFT interns who want to get paid while earning hours

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Clinician
    Current Employee - Mental Health Clinician

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The other mental health clinicians are supportive and work well together as a team
    Mental health clinicians at my program have their own offices
    Individual and group supervision is provided by MHS

    Cons

    The amount of documentation required through Anasazi is ridiculous
    Productivity expectations of 60% are unrealistic, yet MHS still holds its employees to that standard
    The "home office" doesn't seem to make an effort to correct issues within individual programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer higher salaries and/or more paid sick/vacation days to your employees
    Make more of an effort to understand the challenges your employees face with county requirements

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Misplaced priorities at the top....

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    Current Employee - Therapist
    Current Employee - Therapist

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of training opportunities, great use of technology, and variety of programs and services make MHS a larger provider of behavioral health services. Cross-training and CEs were great opportunities for staff to continually learn.

    Cons

    Seem to be distracted and there is weak clinical leadership, poor relationships with county and other funders. Focused on politics, fundraising, etc. When your fundraising staff can't raise enough money to cover their salary and money you spend on donor events, etc., maybe you should reinvest it in hiring more licensed staff to provide adequate supervision to ensure quality care and risk management. We never saw our VP in our program, because she was always writing proposals- how can you charge management time County funds for time for your staff to get new contracts? Isn't that what indirect is for? And all those great trainings went away with budget cuts...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your company org chart needs a genogram, it's hard to believe there is parity with hiring. I had to leave once I got licensed to be considered for management. Ethical transparent decision making would help, as would thinking about how your support the mission v how you line your pockets at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Not all it's cracked up to be...

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in El Cajon, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in El Cajon, CA

    I worked at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If helping people is your passion, there's a variety of ways to do that here.

    Cons

    If you're just starting out the CalWORKs program is the best place, but it comes at the price of having inexperienced managers who are clueless. Choose wisely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (New) Managers are in desperate need of leadership trainings!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Mental Health Systems cares about it's employees

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Escondido, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Escondido, CA

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There is always room to grow and explore the diversity of the company, within the numerous programs run by MHS. MHS recognizes quality leadership skills and also provides valuable opportunities for trainees and interns to meet the extensive requirements to obtain licensure as a Mental Health Clinician.
    If you are in the field because you truly want to improve lives, MHS is the place to be!

    Cons

    There should be annual wage reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more transparent and more involved with the actual clients rather than strictly office politics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. A great place to gain experience in the behavioral health field.

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    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Case Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company values, extensive training, along with paid holidays and vacation

    Cons

    The individual should be motivated, self starter, and works well under stress and able to work well with diverse populations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should evaluate job candidates for suitability when dealing with client's diagnosed with serious behavioral issues to reduce burn-out, stress neglect or abandonment of client's

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Glad I found MHS!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    love the work-life balance program hours are 7:30-4pm and program is closed when everyone goes home! Lots of holidays including birthday holiday and floating holiday, access to all company forms and information on a portal, very high tech company with IT assistance, opportunity for growth, all programs are different, everyone cares about the clients, and opportunity to apply at other programs if you want to grow within or try something new, experience with electronic health record, great stepping stone as you are working county programs, lots of trainings available, comfortable office setting. Love working for MHS!

    Cons

    pay is lower in certain positions than others in the field such as clinical positions, no company parties which means you don't meet too many people outside of your program if you aren't sharing a building, or have any reason to go to the home office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep showing appreciation to your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Mental Health

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get your hours quickly since they over work you.

    Cons

    No room to move up at MHS and the pay is very minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gives raises and promote employees more often.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Mental Health Systems

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    Current Employee - Counselor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Counselor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They care about the clients we work with. They provide great training to help in CEs. Time off

    Cons

    The pay. Not a lot of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not going to happened they are hand picked and not always the most qualified you have to be in the end crowd.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    It's an okay place to start.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mental Health Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers flexibility when family issues arise.

    Cons

    The company is too top heavy on the corporate side. Corporate like to micromanage and has a lot of turn over so the programs do not operate as a true non profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees for the work that you expect them to do. Many positions are highly underpaid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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