Mental Health Specialist 2

$29.78 - $37.81 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 15, 2021
Full time Public Health

Job Description

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, August 2, 2021.

PAY AND BENEFITS 

Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed - license is required within one year of hire)

Annual Pay Range:  $61,950.19- $78,662.36

Hourly Pay Range:   $29.783744- $37.818440

Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed)

Annual Pay Range:  $75,039.76- $94,928.78

Hourly Pay Range:   $36.076810- $45.638838

Starting salaries will be within the posted pay range, based on  relevant experience (paid and/or unpaid).

In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.

Medical and Dental benefits start the first of the month following date of hire.

With the Clackamas County Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), you may be eligible for loan forgiveness, re-payment and scholarship opportunities through Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and/or the Oregon Office of Rural Health (Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program). In addition, there may be options for loan forgiveness while working with a government/public agency with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.

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JOB DETAILS AND QUALIFICATIONS 

Clackamas County Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is looking for a motivated and adaptable mental health and substance abuse therapist to join the HIlltop Clinic team located in Oregon City.

Successful applicants will be able to provide culturally competent treatment modalities, have an anti-racist lens, will have completed some personal reflection and growth in their own equity journey, have a strong commitment to providing equitable services to the community, fostering an open and productive environment, and demonstrating sensitivity to and respect for the diverse populations we serve. Mental Health Specialists provide outpatient treatment to vulnerable individuals, many of whom may have limited resources. Professionals in these positions should thrive in a setting where they will work independently as well as in a team environment.

As a Mental Health Specialist, you will provide a variety of advanced level professional treatment and program services to individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues primarily servicing Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured populations. You will be expected to participate as effective members on a team of professionals who regularly conduct mental health and addictions assessments, treatment plans and services for a wide range of individuals. You will also be expected to participate in and support increased diversity and equity within our team, clinic and county. These positions include management of client crises and coverage of other duties as necessary, which could involve working as a generalist in any of our adult, child and family programs.

The most competitive candidates will have knowledge and experience in providing assessments and treatment for children, youth and adults with both mental health and substance abuse disorders. They will also have strong communication skills, as well as typing and computer skills since all documentation is completed via an electronic health record.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) as established by the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO)

A ”Qualified Mental Health Professional" (QMHP) means a Licensed Medical Provider or any other person meeting one or more of the following minimum                qualifications as authorized by the Local Mental Health Authority or designee:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing and licensed by the State of Oregon;
  • Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon;
  • Graduate degree in psychology;
  • Graduate degree in social work;
  • Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy; or
  • Graduate degree in a behavioral science field.

QMHPs must demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, cultural, social and work relationships, and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five axis DSM diagnosis, write and supervise the implementation of a ISSP and provide individual, family or group therapy within the scope of their training.

  • Licensure as an Oregon Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (will consider candidates within one year of licensure)
  • Experience, knowledge and commitment to serving a diverse population and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience working with Evidence Based Treatment Practices
  • Experience working with and providing substance abuse assessments and treatment services to children, youth or adults
  • Experience facilitating therapy groups 
  • Ability to perform concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to complete 60 documented hours of alcohol and drug training, if licensed, or obtain a CADC within 2 years of hire
  • Must successfully pass the credentialing process
  • Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Learn more about the County's drug testing policy .
  • Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
  • Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County's driving policy

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Licensure as an Oregon Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.

TYPICAL TASKS

 

  1. Assesses consumers through intakes and other interviews to determine diagnosis and treatment needs; collects and evaluates critical information presented by consumer or other informants; examines history and current mental status; develops and implements treatment plans to meet specific requirements of consumers; reviews treatment options with consumer; prepares documents and findings in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.
  2. Provides planned individual, group and family psychotherapeutic services to consumers and their families; enters and maintains documentation of services provided in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.
  3. Works as a key member of a diagnostic team consisting of physicians, psychologists, and other mental health professionals ; makes referrals to other community clinics, agencies, or care facilities; reviews consumer status, diagnosis, evaluations, treatment plans, treatment objectives and outcomes with diagnostic team, supervisors and other health care professionals as appropriate; provides case-specific consultation to other staff members, providers, families and/or community agencies; provides clinical consultation to students, volunteers and paraprofessional staff.
  4. Works as a consultant or trainer to staff, other individuals, other agency personnel, interested community groups or staff at institutions; provides mental health and chemical dependency education and training to other staff, outside professionals, family members and the community; may represent the agency on internal or external committees as appropriate; may act as liaison for specific projects or contract services.
  5. May act as a lead worker or supervisor to oversee work of lower level staff, student interns, or volunteers.
  6. Prepares client evaluations, writes case summaries, reports, and letters and maintains case records; completes program-related assignments as required.
  7. Provides crisis assessment, intervention and response during clinic hours to clients and potential walk ins.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 

Working knowledge of: Accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and development, and social interaction and development; techniques and procedures employed in diagnosing, evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior; principles and techniques of group and individual therapy; principles and methods of community intervention; techniques of identifying and utilizing community resources; case management methods and techniques; rules, laws, regulations, and ethics governing the treatment of mental patients and clients; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to: Apply social and psychological theories of behavior and personality to the treatment of difficult mental and emotional disorders and handicaps; diagnose, evaluate and implement a treatment plan and monitor the client's progress toward established goals; analyze and evaluate social, psychological, and physical factors affecting clients and their families; treat clients and their families in order to enhance their social, psychological, and physical functioning; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; make formal presentations to the public, community groups, and other mental health professionals; work effectively as a member of a professional mental health team to diagnose and treat clients; keep accurate and timely records; operate computer software and other office equipment; establish and maintain effective relationships.

WORK SCHEDULE 

This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday. Specific hours of work will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

EXPLORE CLACKAMAS COUNTY 

Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.

Explore Clackamas County

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Recreation, Arts & Heritage

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

Clackamas County Health Centers provide direct medical, dental, and mental health services to Clackamas County residents.

We provide services at our Integrated Primary Health Care Clinics, our mental health clinics, or through our School Based Health Centers.

Health Centers is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.

Learn more about Clackamas Health Centers.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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Application Process

Help with the Application

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us.  Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).

HOW TO CLAIM VETERAN'S PREFERENCE

Request Veterans' Preference

Learn more about the County's Veterans' Preference

VISA SPONSORSHIP

Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date.  You may request an accommodation during the online application process.

OTHER INFORMATION 

If selected as a final candidate, you will be required to submit all State Professional Licenses/Certificates, DEA, National Board Certifications, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), BLS and/or ACLS level CPR, and degrees (as applicable). Credentialing and Provider Enrollment processes will be completed prior to hire with the help of our Health Centers Credentialing team.

This position will require possession of a current certification as a Qualified Medical Health Associate (QMHA) by having the minimum education requirements as established by the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO).