Mental Health Specialist (Aid and Assist Team)

$31.68 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Nov 18, 2022
Full time Administration/Management

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (Aid and Assist Team)

Job ID: 106739

Location: Oregon City, 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.

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 first application review will be Monday, November 28, and weekly thereafter.

• Screening interviews may be conducted while recruitment open.

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


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

Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed)

Hourly Pay Range: $31.684244 - $40.231635

Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed)

Hourly Pay Range: $38.378872 - $48.551052

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 Aid and Assist Team. This is an interdisciplinary team of Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHPs), a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and a Forensic Peer Support Specialist who work together to provide consultation, coordination and restoration services for individuals in the competency restoration process. Referrals are made by the Court through the Aid and Assist docket.

The Aid and Assist Team will be focusing on Community Restoration, including providing case management services, Community Consultations for individuals in jail custody or in the community, coordinating housing, and Legal Skills training.

The clinician in this position will act as "Designee of the Director of the Community Mental Health Program" per ORS 161.365 and 161.370 and OAR 309-088-0105 through 309-088-0146 for the purpose of providing Community Consultation screenings of individuals who have been found to lack competency to stand trial in criminal proceedings in order to determine whether services and supports exist to allow for restoration of competency in the community rather than the Oregon State Hospital. This position will also provide Restoration Services per the requirements of the OARs as well as MHS Service Code 04 (Aid and Assist Client Services), including legal skills training, coordination with OSH Forensic Evaluation Services, and assistance with access to resources. Additionally, this position with collaborate and coordinate with community and State partners including Clackamas County Jail, treatment and residential providers, and the Oregon State Hospital as required by OARs and contract.

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)

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.

• Licensed or within four years of licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD)

• If unlicensed, must have at least one (1) year of relevant experience to successfully perform the duties of this position

• Experience, knowledge and commitment to serving a diverse population and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion

• 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 working with clients involved in the criminal justice system

• Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

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

• 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 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:*

• 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.


• Provide Community Consultations as ordered by the court per ORS 161.365 and 161.370 to determine whether services and supports exists to allow individuals found unable to Aid and Assist to be restored in the community..

• Provide legal skills training for individuals in Community Restoration, including training on court room procedures, roles, language and potential outcomes of the court process

• Act as part of a team to assist individuals entering Community Restoration with connection to community based services and increasing supports, including in-reach to individuals who are incarcerated and outreach to individuals in the community.

• Coordinate with attorneys, jail, corrections, courts, providers, and other collateral supports as needed and as required by the OARs and OHA contract.

• In person emergent, urgent, and ad hoc crisis intervention and safety assessment (including crisis case management) as needed for individuals experiencing symptoms of mental health who are incarcerated or involved with the Aid and Assist process, including Director's Designee assessments per ORS 426.233.


Knowledge of: Oregon Revised Statues and OARs pertaining to individuals found unable to Aid and Assist in their defense in criminal court, including ORS 161.365 and 161.370 and Division 88 of OAR 309; criminal court proceedings including roles of court parties, motions and appeals, and plea options; agency services and criteria for eligibility; mental health, legal, medical, and social resources in the community

Skill and ability to: Apply principles of crisis assessment and intervention, including assessing risk of danger to self or others; work effectively with Court, Oregon State Hospital and Corrections partners to coordinate care and placement for persons with mental health issues.


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. 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.


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.


E.D. Barnett-Herro, Recruiter

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