Mental Health Specialist (Community Substance Abuse Program)

$38.37 - $48.55 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Nov 16, 2022
Full time Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (Community Substance Abuse Program)

Job ID: 106622

Location: H3S-Health Centers

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.

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 will remain open until filled. The next application review will be Monday, November 7, 2022.

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


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

Annual Pay Range: $38.378872 - $48.551052 (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 Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is seeking an experienced mental health and substance abuse clinician to join the Community Substance Abuse Program (CSAP) Team. CSAP is a partnership between Clackamas Health Centers and Clackamas County Community Corrections. CSAP provides residential substance use disorder (SUD) services to men and women with significant SUD issues and criminal histories. As a Mental Health Specialist, you will provide professional treatment services to adults with mental health and SUD issues involved in the justice system. All candidates must be willing to complete the qualifications to provide alcohol and drug treatment in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.

This role includes completing psychosocial assessments of individuals on probation or parole with Clackamas County Community Corrections, developing and implementing treatment plans, providing group therapy and individual therapy services to men and women, and documenting clinical information in an electronic health record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.

The clinician in this role will work as a key member of the residential multidisciplinary treatment team and a member of Clackamas Health Centers. Additional responsibilities include making referrals to other community clinics, agencies, or care facilities, evaluating client progress and treatment outcomes, developing treatment interventions with the multidisciplinary treatment team, and providing case-specific consultation to other staff members, students, volunteers and paraprofessional staff.

Competitive candidates will have experience completing psychosocial assessments and providing integrated treatment services to adults with SUD issues, and a background of successfully collaborating with community partners, including Community Corrections. The ideal candidate will have significant experience treating individuals involved with the justice system and have an active certification as a CADC.

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)

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:

• A 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 behavioral science field.

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

• Current or ability to obtain within four (4) years of hire, licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

• A minimum of two (2) years of related experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the responsibilities of this position (At least one year needs to include experience working with individuals with substance abuse issues).

• The ability to complete 60 documented hours of alcohol and drug training OR obtain a CADC within 2 years of hire

• Experience practicing or working with evidence based interventions (this includes programs or treatments such as Seeking Safety, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, etc.)

• Experience performing concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients

• Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate

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

• 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.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

• Certified as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) OR have a minimum of 60 hours of Alcohol and Drug training

• Experience working collaboratively on a multidisciplinary team

• Experience working with individuals involved in the justice system

*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.


• Assesses individuals receiving services through intakes and other interviews to determine diagnosis and treatment needs; collects and evaluates critical information presented by client or other informants; examines history and current mental status.

• Recommends service/treatment plans for approval by a licensed Mental Health Professional to meet specific requirements of clients; reviews treatment options with client; prepares documents and findings in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.

• Provides planned individual, group and family psychotherapeutic services to clients and their families; enters and maintains documentation of services provided in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.

• 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 client 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, and volunteers.

• May work as a consultant or trainer to staff, student interns, volunteers, 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 evaluations, writes case summaries, reports, and letters and maintains case records; completes program-related assignments as required

• May provide crisis assessment and intervention to individuals receiving services and residents of Clackamas County and their families via telephone, in clinics or in the community as party of a 24/7 crisis response system.

• Determines health care and social service needs of clients; interviews applicants, recipients, relatives, guardians, care providers and other involved parties; conducts comprehensive needs assessment including psychosocial, financial and physical factors; evaluates functional impairments of clients.

• Provides counseling, training and support to clients, families and providers in regard to placement and care/treatment plan choices, personal goals, daily living skills, financial planning, vocational and job readiness and medication management.

• Monitors client progress and ensures case plans are carried out; visits clients in homes, hospitals and residential care facilities; notes changes in mental/physical condition and deficiency in care being provided; reports and may investigate abuse and neglect complaints.


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

This position is designated as on-site/in-person. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location.


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.


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


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.

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