Mental Health Specialist (licensed or unlicensed) (Crisis Intervention Team) (Limited Term)

$31.68 - $40.23 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Sep 16, 2022
Full time Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (licensed or unlicensed) (Crisis Intervention Team) (Limited Term)

Job ID: 106630

Location: H3S - Behavioral Health

Full/Part Time: Full Time

Regular/Temporary:Limited Term


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.

Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This position has been open until filled. The first applicantion review will be October 5, 2022. We reserve the right to close this recuitment at any time on or after that date.

• Screening interviews to be conducted while posting is open.

• This is a limited term position through March 2023. Position will be reviewed at this time.


Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed):

Annual Pay Range: $79,828.05- $100,986.19

Hourly Pay Range: $38.378872- $48.551052

Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed):

Annual Pay Range: $65,903.23 - $83,681.80

Hourly Pay Range: $31.684244 - $40.231635

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.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering a variety of gym membership discounts, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month

• 8 hours of sick accrued per month

• 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year

Other Benefits:

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

Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)

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

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

A Choice of Dental Plans

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

• Longevity pay

• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

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


Clackamas County's Behavioral Health Division (CCBHD) is looking for energetic and adaptable mental health professionals to join the Crisis Intervention Team.

The Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT) is a one year grant funded pilot program. The team consists of a Deputy from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), and a part time Qualified Mental Health Associate/Case Manager. The Deputy and QMHP will partner and co-respond, in a marked patrol vehicle, to mental health crisis calls from 1:30pm to 12am Wednesday through Saturday. The Case Manager will work 8am to 6:30pm Thursday and Friday providing follow-up case management services to the individuals served. As this is a new program, the hours may shift slightly to better accommodate the needs of the team.

The primary responsibilities of the QMHP will include 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 training in mental health related topics as requested to law enforcement or other members of the community.

Since this is a field-based position, successful candidates will have a history of working with individuals in a variety of settings (i.e. field, homes, clinic, emergency department, 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.

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.

Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD) OR at least a 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.

• 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 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, including 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 for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Licensure in a Behavioral Health related field

• Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, 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.


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 a 40 hour per week schedule, working four ten hour days. The available shift is Wednesday through Saturday (1:30pm to 12:00am).

• 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 400,000 citizens.


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.


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.


E.D. Barnett-Herro, Recruiter

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