Mental Health Specialist (Licensed or Unlicensed) (Wilsonville Behavioral Health Unit)

$76,390 - $96,638 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Aug 04, 2022
Full time Human Resources Public Health Public Works

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (Licensed or Unlicensed) (Wilsonville Behavioral Health Unit)

Job ID: 106428

Location: Wilsonville, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service

• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve.

That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.


This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Monday, August 1, 2022 then weekly thereafter.

• We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.

• Interviews may be conducted while recrutment is open.


Clackamas County is committed to offering a high-quality benefits package to support employees and their families.

Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed):

Annual Pay Range: $76,390.48 - $96,637.50

Hourly Pay Range: $36.726193 - $46.460337

Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed):

Annual Pay Range: $63,065.29 - $80,078.28

Hourly Pay Range: $30.319851 - $38.499172

• The listed salary range will be increased by a 4.5% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) on 7/1/22

• Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

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

Most benefits, including Medical & Dental, start the first of the month after date of hire!

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month

• 8 hours of sick accrued per month

• 10 paid holidays

• 1 personal day per year

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

• PERS/OPSRP Pension Program is funded by Clackamas County and provides a lifetime pension to eligible participants, this includes the County picking up the 6% employee retirement contribution!

• OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65

• The 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan provides a resource for retirement savings in addition to your PERS/OPSRP benefits. You can contribute a fixed dollar amount or percentage with each paycheck; a County-paid contribution is included for certain groups.

Other Benefits:

• Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision and prescription drug coverage

• Choice of Dental Plans

• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

• Longevity pay

• A variety of additional optional benefits

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


Clackamas County's Behavioral Health Division (CCBHD) is seeking an energetic and adaptable mental health professional to join our Behavioral Health Unit (BHU). The BHU is currently adding one new position for a Mental Health Specialist to work within the Wilsonville Police Department as a member of the City of Wilsonville team. The hours of this position are 9am-7:30pm Wed- Sat. This position may share after-hours on-call coverage (with additional compensation) with other members of the mobile crisis team.

This exciting and unique position is a collaboration between CCBHD, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and the City of Wilsonville to increase mental health support for individuals and families in the Wilsonville community who have interfaced with law enforcement as a result of symptoms of mental health. The person in this position will also have the opportunity to partner with community members and mental health providers in the area to proactively reduce the risk for crises. .The person will have the opportunity to provide education and facilitate trainings related to mental health topics as requested. This position is part of Clackamas County's 24/7 mobile crisis response service and as such will receive support from other mobile crisis clinicians as well as other safety net services (such as our crisis and support line and behavioral health walk-in center).

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 outreach and education to community organizations to help them better respond to individuals experiencing symptoms of mental health. This position will be housed within the City of Wilsonville Police Department and unless directed by the Wilsonville Police (or providing on call coverage), will work within the jurisdiction of the Wilsonville Police Department.

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, homes, emergency departments, etc.). Other desired skills and experience include: history of working with law enforcement, providing assessment and intervention to people (across the lifespan) in crisis; incorporating a person-centered, strengths-based recovery approach that includes peers and natural systems of support; a positive and collaborative attitude and approach in working with partners; 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:*

Per the Oregon Health Authority, ( &, this position is subject to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Prior to the start of employment, the selected candidate must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exception in place with the County as a qualification of employment.

• Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) as established by the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO)** OR licensure in a behavioral related field - Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage & Family (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PHD)

• If unlicensed, must be able to obtain licensure within 4 years of date of hire, and have a minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the duties of this position

• Experience working with adults and children with mental health and substance abuse issues

• Experience working collaboratively with law enforcement, community partners, collateral service providers, 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 suicide and/or danger to self or others

• At least 1 year experience working in a community based setting (ie: mobile outreach or crisis assessment, in-home counseling, emergency department , crisis clinics)

• Experience utilizing an electronic health record or similar computerized data system

• Must be willing to work evening and weekend hours as part of the regular shift

• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check

• Must pass a comprehensive Sheriff's Office Background prior to employment. The background process involves a complete Statement of Personal History (SPH) for those who are referred to a department interview.

• Driving is required. 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.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Licensure in a behavioral related field - Oregon Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage & Family (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PHD)

• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, or Ill

• 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.

**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.


• Provides crisis assessment and intervention to consumers and residents of Clackamas County and their families via telephone, in clinics or in the community; assesses consumers to determine treatment needs and level of risk to self and others; collects and evaluates critical information presented by consumer and/or other informants; examines history and current mental status; reviews treatment/ resource options with consumer; prepares documents and findings in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures

• 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

• Conducts assessments for involuntary hospitalization as a Director's Designee under ORS 426.233; gathers background information; attends and testifies at commitment or other formal hearings

• Works as a key member of a crisis team consisting of law enforcement, and mental health professionals including Case Managers and Peer Support Specialists; makes referrals to other community clinics, agencies, or care facilities; reviews consumer status, diagnosis, evaluations, treatment plans, treatment objectives and outcomes with 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

• 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

• Prepares client assessments, writes case summaries, reports, and letters and maintains case records; completes program-related assignments as required


This position works 40 hours per week, working four ten hour days. Available shift is Wednesday through Saturday 9am - 7:30pm.

Shifts for this position include evenings, weekends and holidays. (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 420,000 residents.


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.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Help With Your Application:

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



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.

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