Mental Health Specialist (Mobile Crisis Unit) Swing Shift

$40.10 - $50.73 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Feb 08, 2024
Full time Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (Mobile Crisis Unit) Swing Shift

Job ID: 107331

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 Thursday, February 15, 2024.

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 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.
• Positions that require swing or overnight shift work schedules may be eligible for a shift differential
• Positions that require regular scheduled work on Saturday and/or Sunday may be eligible for a shift differential
• Position that require on-call as part of their regular scheduled shift may be eligible for on-call pay
• Additional details regarding pay differentials and on-call work schedules can be found in the, pages 24-25.

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!

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.

There may be options for loan forgiveness while working with a government/public agency with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

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):
• 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's Behavioral Health Division (CCBHD) is seeking an experienced, energetic and adaptable mental health professional to join our expanding Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) in a swing shift capacity. As a Mental Health Specialist with MCRT, you will provide face to face crisis intervention services to individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing mental health emergencies in Clackamas County.

Referrals for mobile crisis services may come through the Clackamas Crisis and Support Line, any law enforcement jurisdiction in Clackamas County, police dispatch, or 988. The individual in this position will partner closely with local community resource agencies as well as with law enforcement personnel. This position is part of Clackamas County's 24/7 mobile crisis response service and as such will receive support from clinical supervisors and other mobile crisis clinicians. This position shares on-call coverage, including overnight shifts, with other members of the mobile crisis team.

Primary responsibilities for this position include providing 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, support to frequent callers of crisis support lines and 911 as a result of symptoms of mental illness, and outreach and education to community organizations to help them better respond to individuals experiencing symptoms of mental health. Mental Health Specialists provide treatment to vulnerable individuals, many of whom may have limited resources. Professionals in these positions should thrive in a setting where they will work independently as well as in a team environment.

Since this is a field-based position, the ideal candidate will have a history of working with individuals in a variety of settings (i.e. field, homes, schools, 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; a belief that every person we serve has the right to define and pursue their own definition of recovery; and a commitment to serving a diverse population while promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.

*This position is currently open for a licensed or unlicensed, Mental Health Specialist. Clackamas County will consider unlicensed candidates with experience and/or a background providing treatment to individuals within the vulnerable population who experience mental health crises. If unlicensed, LCSW, LPC, LMFT or PsyD/PHD licensure is required within 4 years of hire and applicants must still meet QMHP criteria at time of hire.

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:

• 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 behavioral science field.

QMHPs must demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, assessing risk of harm to self and/or others, 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.

• 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.
• At least one year experience working with adults and children with mental health and substance abuse issues
• 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
• 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 be willing to participate in an on-call schedule rotation as part of the regular work schedule (see Pay and Benefits section above for on-call compensation work)
• Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate.
• Must successfully pass the credentialing process.
• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. provide face to face crisis intervention services to individuals and families across the lifespan experiencing mental health emergencies in Clackamas County.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Current licensure in a behavioral health related field (LCSW, LPC, LMFT)
• Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, III
• Fluent in Spanish/English, both oral and written
• Experience working collaboratively with law enforcement, community partners, collateral service providers, and co-workers
• At least 1 year experience working in a community based setting (i.e.: mobile outreach or crisis assessment, in-home counseling, schools, crisis clinics, etc.).

*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.


Working knowledge of accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and development, and social interaction and development. Knowledge of techniques and procedures employed in diagnosing, evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior. Knowledge of principles and techniques of group and individual therapy. Ability to work effectively as a member of a professional mental health team to diagnose and treat clients. Knowledge of techniques of identifying and utilizing community resources. Understanding case management methods and techniques; rules, laws, regulations, and ethics governing the treatment of mental patients and clients. Ability to treat clients and their families in order to enhance the Basic knowledge of office equipment, including personal computers and software programs. Ability to operate computer software and other office equipment.

Skills to apply social and psychological theories of behavior and personality to the treatment of difficult mental and emotional disorders and handicaps. Skills to diagnose, evaluate and implement a treatment plan. Ability to keep accurate and timely records. Ability to analyze and evaluate social, psychological, and physical factors affecting clients and their families.

TYPICAL TASKS: Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• 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 is included in the County's alternate workweek program. This position is a 40 hour per week position, working four (4) ten (10) hour days. 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.

*Members of the mobile crisis team share after-hours (including overnight) on-call coverage on weekends (with additional compensation) on a rotating basis as part of the regular work schedule.

• Ideal Work Schedule: Wednesday - Saturday; 12:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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, substance use, care coordination, forensic, and peer services to those individuals who receive the Oregon Health Plan, Medicare or are uninsured and living in Clackamas County. Services are either provided by our own staff or through referral to partner providers located throughout the county.

Behavioral Health 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.

This position will require possession of a current certification as a 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.


Jimmy Henry, Recruiter
will work with you to obtain necessary clinical hours.


Jimmy Henry, Recruiter
will work with you to obtain necessary clinical hours.


Jimmy Henry, Recruiter
will work with you to obtain necessary clinical hours.


Jimmy Henry, Recruiter

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