Mental Health Specialist 2 (Behavioral Health Unit)

$35.16 - $44.48 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Remote (
  • Nov 25, 2019
Full time Government Health Care

Job Description

This position will remain open until filledThe first application review date is Monday, December 2, 2019.

Screening interviews may be scheduled during recruitment.  We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.


 Annual Pay Range:   $73,138.17 - $92,523.18

Hourly Page Range:  $35.162583 - $44.482298

Starting salaries will be within the posted pay range based on job-related factors such as experience, training and/or education.


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

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

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 Clackamas County's Behavioral Health Division (CCBHD) is seeking an energetic and adaptable mental health professional to join the Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). This position shares after-hours on-call coverage on a rotating basis. The BHU is part of Clackamas County's 24/7 mobile crisis response service and partners closely with local law enforcement agencies. Primary responsibilities for this position include providing field-based risk assessment, crisis intervention, case management, consultation, and referral for a variety of individuals in need. Secondary responsibilities include outreach engagement of clients and families struggling with symptoms of mental illness and substance abuse, and providing back-up and support to other parts of the Crisis Services program, as needed.  

Since this is a field-based position, the ideal candidate will have a history of working with individuals in a variety of settings (i.e. field, hospital, office, clinic, E.D., etc.). Other skills and experience we will be looking for include: providing assessment and intervention to people in crisis; incorporating a person-centered, strengths-based recovery approach that include peers and natural systems of support; a positive and collaborative attitude and approach in working with partners, including but not limited to law enforcement; and a belief that every person we serve has the right to define and pursue their own definition of recovery. 

Clackamas County is committed to building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. In that spirit, we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experience, including those in recovery, or who identify as having lived experience.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

  • Designation as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)** as established by the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon
  • Licensure by a recognized governing board in Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD)
  • Experience working with adults and children with mental health and substance abuse issues
  • Experience working collaboratively with community partners, collateral service providers, law enforcement agencies and co-workers
  • At least 1 year experience providing assessment, triage, and crisis intervention with individuals who are in mental health crisis
  • At least 1 year experience assessing risk for suicidal and homicidal behavior
  • At least 1 year experience working in a community based setting (ie: mobile outreach or crisis assessment, in-home counseling, emergency department or inpatient units, crisis clinics)
  • Experience utilizing an electronic record or similar computerized data system
  • Must be willing to work some evening and weekend hours as part of the regular shift
  • 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
  • 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:*

  • Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, III
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

*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.


 Duties may include but are not limited to:

  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 crisis outreach and 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. Conducts assessments for involuntary hospitalization as a Director's Designee under ORS 426.233; gathers background information; coordinates hospital arrangements as needed; attends and testifies at commitment or other formal hearings; completes investigation reports; coordinates with County Counsel and Public Defender.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. As a Mental Health Specialist 2, may participate in supervision of student interns or volunteers.
  7. Prepares client evaluations, writes case summaries, reports, and letters and maintains case records; completes program-related assignments as required.
  8. Provides crisis assessment and intervention to consumers and residents of Clackamas County and their families via telephone, in clinics or in the community as part of a 24/7 crisis response system.


 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.


 This is a 40 hour per week position, working 8:30am to 7:00pm, either Wednesday through Saturday OR Sunday through Wednesday.  Specific days can be discussed at time of offer or during interview stage.

Shifts for this position include evenings, weekends and holidays. These positions share after-hours on-call coverage on a rotating basis. 

A shift differential will be included for evening and weekend hours.


 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.

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The Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division strives to provide excellent mental health and addictions services to Clackamas County residents who receive Medicaid and Medicare, or who may be uninsured. We offer services through partner providers located throughout the county. We also offer direct service through our Crisis Services programs.

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

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Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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Application Process

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).


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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.


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.


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.