Mental Health Specialist (Behavioral Health Consultant)

$68,869 - $105,531 yearly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City
  • May 29, 2024
Full time Public Health

Job Description

Mental Health Specialist (Behavioral Health Consultant)

Job ID: 107431

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.

Application reviews will occur each week on Tuesday, beginning May 14, 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.

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.


Are you a motivated and experienced mental health professional? Clackamas Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is seeking a dedicated individual to join our Patient Centered Medical Home team as a Behavioral Health Consultant (classified as a Mental Health Specialist 1 or Mental Health Specialist 2). This position offers the opportunity to provide advanced level professional treatment services to primary care clinic patients at both the Beavercreek Health Center in Oregon City and the Sunnyside Health & Wellness Center in Clackamas, OR. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with primary care physicians to ensure the best care for every patient!

Primary responsibility for this position will be to work with and provide targeted behavioral and mental health support to a team of primary care providers, including PCPs and CMAs. This includes screening patients for appropriate services, crisis needs, PCP requested services, pilot projects, coordination of care, and patient referrals to ongoing mental health services as needed.

Successful candidates should have the ability to adopt an integrated system of care philosophy, demonstrate understanding of self-determination and patient-centered planning techniques, possess thorough knowledge of mental health, legal, medical, and social resources in the community, and have proficiency in methods and techniques of case management and care coordination related to patients who need help with behavior change related to their medical condition concerns. Candidates will also be able to manage a large number of patient contacts during a clinic day, including scheduled appointments and immediate or walk-in referrals from providers, including risk management. The ideal candidate will not only have post-graduate mental health experience as a licensed clinician, but addictions experience as well.

Clackamas County Health Centers' 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 treatment provides positive outcomes in the lives of each person, their chosen family, and the community in which they reside. The therapists providing services to the community are responsible for the highest quality of care and should be diverse in their treatment skills. Candidates with a strong commitment to providing equitable services to the community and supporting Clackamas County's commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity are encouraged to apply. This is your opportunity to give back to the community!

*This position is currently open for a licensed, Mental Health Specialist. Clackamas County will consider unlicensed candidates who have a background providing mental health treatment to individuals in a health clinic or relatable environment serving the vulnerable population. Licensure is however required within three (3) years of hire for applicants who are unlicensed and they must still meet QMHP criteria (outlined below).

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 be credentialed as aClinical Social Worker (LCSW) - preferred, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD/PHD) AND a minimum of two (2) years of related experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the responsibilities of this position.
• If unlicensed, must have minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience that would provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the duties of the role AND 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/PHD) within three (3) years of hire.
• Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
• Must successfully pass the credentialing process

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Current Licensure (LCSW, LPC or LMFT preferred)
• Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, III

Pre-Employment Requirements:*

• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.
• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check

*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.


• Conducts interviews with 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.
• Develops and implements treatment plans; determines appropriate treatment, skills training and care service needs; matches patient needs with potential services and resources. Refers patients to other internal/external providers to match service needs.
• Monitors patient progress during treatment. Writes treatment progress notes and maintains electronic and paper case records in accordance with OARs and agency procedures; completes program related assignments as required.
• Coordinates with external resources, internal and external health care providers and social service personnel to obtain services for patients or to participate in problem solving. Meet with community agencies as needed to coordinate care and meet client needs. Outreaches to resources in the community to engage staff and develop referral sources.
• Coordinates and consults on the patient'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.
• Provides targeted interventions and screenings to patients and significant family members in accordance with the treatment plan to meet the treatment needs of the client.
• Works closely with other agency providers, such as physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, and case managers to evaluate, treat, plan with clients for appropriate care.


• Thorough knowledge of accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and development, and social interaction and development.
• Knowledge of methods and techniques of Evidenced Based Practices used for therapy for dealing with substance abuse and mental health problems.
• Knowledge of rules, laws, regulations, and ethics governing the treatment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse consumers and their families.
• Knowledge of principles and techniques of interviewing, counseling and crisis intervention.
• Skill and ability to diagnose mental health and substance abuse disorders across the life span.
• Ability to develop and implement consumer treatment care plans and monitor consumer progress toward established treatment goals.
• Knowledge of agency services and criteria for eligibility. Knowledge of mental health, substance abuse, legal, medical and social resources in the community.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in written form.
• Ability to work effectively with other behavioral health professionals and as a member of a professional team.
• Knowledge of applicable OARs governing service provisions to consumers. Knowledge and ability to document according to Medicaid Standards. Knowledge of standard clinical documentation procedures and requirements. Ability to follow agency specific record keeping procedures, including ability to work within an electronic clinical documentation system.
• Knowledge of mandatory reporting requirements. Knowledge of legal process regarding voluntary and involuntary treatment/commitment. Ability to be a mental health designee.


This position is included in the County's alternate workweek program, working 40 hours during a standard workweek of Monday through Thursday (Fridays off).

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.


Jimmy Henry, Recruiter

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