Mental Health Specialist (Licensed or Unlicensed) (Mobile Crisis Team)

$29.78 - $37.81 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Jul 30, 2020
Full time Government Health Care

Job Description

This position will remain open until filledThe first application review will be Monday, August 10, 2020.

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


Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed) *NOTE: Must be licensed within 4 years of hire.

Salary Pay Range: Annually:  $61,950.19 - $78,662.36 ;  Hourly:  $29.783744 - $37.818440 

Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed)

Salary Pay Range: Annually: $75,039.76 - $94,928.78; Hourly:  $36.076810 - $45.638838

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 looking for energetic and adaptable mental health professionals to join the mobile crisis team.

The Mobile Crisis Team is part of the continuum of safety net services.  Clinicians on the Mobile Crisis Team provide field-based crisis response to individuals and families in the community.  Primary responsibilities for this position 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 back-up and support to other parts of the crisis services program, as needed. This position shares after-hours on-call coverage on a rotating basis. 

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, hospital, office, clinic, emergency department, etc.). Other desired skills and experience include: 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, 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
  • Within four years of 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
  • 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. 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.

**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.


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; 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 (licensed), 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.


This is a 40 hour per week position, working four ten hour days, day shift.  Available shifts could be either Sunday- Wednesday or Wednesday-Saturday.   

Shifts for this position include evenings, weekends and holidays and 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.

Learn more about Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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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.

This position will require possession of a current certification as a Qualified Medical Health Associate (QMHA)  or Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) by having the minimum education requirements as established by the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO). 

Although not a requirement for hire, a license is required within four years of date of hire.  Department will work with you to obtain necessary clinical hours.