Mental Health Specialist (Bilingual) Zero Suicide Program

$68,869 - $105,531 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Nov 15, 2023
Full time Public Health

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (Bilingual) Zero Suicide Program

Job ID: 107174

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 

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 Tuesday, November 21, 2023. 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.

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!

Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed):

Annual Pay Range: $83,420.32 - $105,530.57

Hourly Pay Range: $40.105921 - $50.735849

Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed):

Annual Pay Range: $68,868.87 - $87,447.48

Hourly Pay Range: $33.110035 - $42.042059

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, 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

• Eligible newly hired employees will have the one-time option to frontload their first year of vacation accruals in compliance with! This means you have access to vacation time at time of hire.

• 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.)
• OPSRP 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 457b 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 looking for a warm and empathic clinician to provide mental/behavioral health care to individuals experiencing moderate to high risk for suicide to support the work of the current Zero Suicide Team. The primary role will be conducting screenings and assessments for mental health services, crisis needs, and coordination of care. This will include providing treatment planning, one-on-one, and group therapy as well.

At Clackamas Health Centers, our aim is to work with each individual to help them be as healthy as they can be. We believe engagement and participation in mental health and addictions treatment provides positive outcomes in the lives of each person, their chosen family, and the community in which they reside. The clinicians providing services to the community are responsible for the highest quality of care and be diverse in their treatment skills. Clackamas County Health Centers is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) designated by the Health Resources and Services Association (HRSA).

The overall goal and purpose of the Zero Suicide Program is to eliminate suicide attempts and deaths among patients served within the Clackamas County Health System (CCHS) and raise awareness of suicide prevention in the larger community. We are looking for an energetic, resourceful, warm, and empathic mental health professional who works well independently and as part of a team providing a variety of advanced level treatment and program services

Competitive candidates will have experience working with the target patient population and in suicide prevention and care. Successful candidates will have a background in providing direct services to individuals identified at risk of suicide, including support in managing their suicide care plan, working closely with care teams and coordination of care with other providers and community resources.

*This position is currently open for a licensed or unlicensed, Mental Health Specialist. Clackamas County will consider unlicensed candidates with relatable experience as outlined in the minimum qualification. Licensure is however required within 4 years of hire and applicants must still meet QMHP criteria.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• 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:

• 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.

If licensed, must have current licensure as an Oregon Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PHD). If unlicensed, must have minimum of two (2) years of relevant experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the duties of the role. Must also receive licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD or PHD) within four (4) years of hire
• Fluency in Spanish/English 
(bilingual skills to be validated/tested at time of interview and/or selection)
• Experience, knowledge and commitment to serving a diverse population and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion
• Experience working with Evidence Based Treatment Practice
• Experience in a role working in suicide prevention and care
• Experience providing treatment services both individual or in group
• Experience working in a primary care, behavioral healthcare, or similar setting
• Ability to perform concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients
• Must successfully pass the credentialing process
• 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

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Current licensure as a LCSW, LPC or LMFT
• If licensed, one (1) or more years relevant experience with suicide assessment and prevention that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the duties of the role
• Either 60 hours of Alcohol and Addiction Training, if licensed, or possession of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) designation
• Familiarity and experience using one or more suicide specific intervention and/or protocol
• Experience working in crisis management environment

*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.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Conducts interviews with clients/patients and collects critical information necessary to complete comprehensive assessments, for both mental health and substance abuse disorders that include psychosocial, developmental, financial and physical factors, substance abuse history, trauma history, diagnosis and mental status; evaluates functional impairments of consumers. Completes the client level of care tool as part of the evaluation process.
• Provides therapeutic interventions for those indicated to be at moderate to high risk for suicide. Continuing safety planning, resource management, case management, and coordination. Develops and implements treatment and safety plans; determines appropriate treatment, skills training and care service needs; matches student needs with potential services and resources. Refers clients to other internal/external providers to match service needs.
• Monitors client progress during treatment. Writes treatment progress notes and maintains electronic and paper case records in accordance with OARs and agency procedures; completed program related assignments as required.
• Coordinates with resources, internal and external health care providers and social service personnel to obtain services for students or to participate in problem solving. Meet with community agencies as needed to coordinate care and meet client needs.
• Coordinate and consults on the client's behalf with family, providers, public and private agencies, law enforcement agencies, justice system, schools and others to maximize treatment goals; responds to emergencies and negotiates resolution of problems.
• Provide individual, group, and family therapy and other therapeutic interventions to clients and significant family members in accordance with the treatment plan to meet the treatment needs of the student.
• Works closely with other agency providers, such as physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, and case managers to evaluate, treat, plan with clients for appropriate care.


Working knowledge of: Principles, practices and methods of administrative, organizational, economic and procedural analysis; principles and practices of public administration and business communication; principles and techniques related to areas of assignment such as financial analysis, government accounting, budget development, and statistical research; Federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to assigned areas of responsibility; English grammar and composition; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to:Research and analyze administrative, operational, financial, budgetary, procedural, and organizational issues and develop improvements in operations, policies, procedures and methods; plan and conduct research projects in statistical or narrative form; analyze issues and problems from multiple perspectives; identify alternative solutions and recommend sound, logical, fact-based conclusions; prepare clear, concise and comprehensive reports; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; maintain compliance with County, State, Federal and other rules, regulations, and laws related to areas of responsibility; coordinate work of assigned staff or project team; establish and maintain effective working relations with County employees, external agencies and businesses, citizen and community groups, and the public; operate computer software and other office equipment.


This position is included in the County's standard workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Friday schedule. 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 eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


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

Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) consists of six divisions, dedicated to ensuring health families and strong communities in Clackamas County.

Mission Statement: We lead and learn with equity in serving individuals, families, and communities by providing access to high quality healthcare, housing, and services that strengthen social and economic resilience.

Vision Statement: Individuals, families, and communities are resilient and thriving.

H3S is committed to improving programs and ensuring better outcomes for the people served, and focuses on the following goals:

EMPOWERED AND THRIVING STAFF - H3S staff are empowered, engaged and have a sense of belonging while being valued and supported to thrive.
• EQUITY DRIVEN SERVICES - H3S promotes and provides accessible, equitable and culturally responsive services.
ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE & CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT - H3S operates consistently, efficiently and effectively as a cohesive department, using our individual and collective skills and expertise.


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. Once a job applicant has accepted a position, they will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States prior to their first day.


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.


Jimmy Henry, Recruiter

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