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Mental Health Specialist 3 (Child and Family Integrated Treatment Team)

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 01/14/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, January 14, 2019.


Annually: $75,428.71 - $95,730.87
Hourly: $36.263801 - $46.024457
Bilingual skills are compensated at an additional 5%. Bilingual Spanish skills are desired, but not required.


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 Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is seeking an experienced, licensed mental health and substance abuse clinician to join the Children and Families Team at the Oregon City clinic location. As a Mental Health Specialist 3, you will provide advanced level professional treatment and program services to children, adolescents and their families with mental health and substance abuse issues as well as provide clinical supervision and lead the work for clinical staff. Lead work duties include: assigning clients to treatment staff, providing oversight to the provision of treatment services, providing clinical supervision to treatment staff, assisting in evaluating overall work performance of staff, acting on behalf of the program supervisor as directed, training staff and providing direction on complex technical or procedural issues and maintaining accurate information in supervisory notes.
Additionally this role includes reviewing client records to ensure compliance with Medicaid standards. This includes ensuring certain diagnoses reflect symptoms, treatment plans are targeted, up to date and accurate; ensuring progress notes reflect accurate documentation of the interventions and the client response to the intervention is noted; making sure progress toward achievement of goals is obtained and mandatory reports are completed; ensuring agency policies and protocols are followed and that adequate safety planning is in place for at risk situations.
The Mental Health Specialist 3 is expected to participate as an effective team member and will conduct mental health and addictions assessments, treatment plans and services for children, adolescents and their families.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Must be a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)** as established by the State of Oregon Mental Health Division
• 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)
• Two or more years of post-graduate clinical experience in mental health treatment setting
• Two or more years of experience facilitating therapy groups
• Significant experience providing evidence based interventions (such as Collaborative Problem Solving, Incredible Years, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing)
• Two or more years of demonstrated experience working with children ages 0-18 with mental health and substance abuse issues
• Ability to provide mental health and addictions services to clients across the age range
• Experience performing concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients
• Ability to complete 60 documented hours of alcohol and drug training (within 3 months of hire)
• Demonstrated ability to follow agency policy and protocols, including timely documentation
• Must successfully pass credentialing process
• Must successfully pass a post-offer criminal history check
• Must successfully pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test
• Possession of a valid driver's license or an acceptable alternative method of transportation. Must possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Specific information on the County's driving policy can be found at Driving and Vehicle Policy (EPP 52).
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Fluency in Spanish (read, write and communicate)
*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 an individual service plan and provide individual, family or group therapy for the range of clients served. The person must be flexible in this work atmosphere as different job assignments are common.

• Leads the work of multiple staff working in the child and family outpatient program and in primary care; assigns clients to treatment staff and oversees provision of treatment services; provides clinical supervision to treatment staff in group supervision; maintains accurate information in supervisory notes; reviews decisions on difficult clinical issues; assists in evaluating overall work performance of staff; acts on behalf of the program supervisor as directed; trains staff and provides direction on complex technical or procedural issues; participates in evidence based practice group supervisions and consultations.
• Reviews client records to be sure they are in compliance with Medicaid standards. This includes making sure diagnoses reflect symptoms, ensuring treatment plans are targeted and up to date, ensuring progress notes reflect accurate documentation for the type of interventions listed and that the client response to this intervention is noted, making sure discharge data is obtained, making sure mandatory reports and made and follow agency protocols, making sure adequate safety planning is done for at risk situations, and coordinating services to best match the optimal level of care needed for clients.
• Participates in reviews of cases, coordinates with insurance providers, other agencies and county administration to help clients receive appropriate care. Coordinates with the billing office to maintain billing integrity for client services. Coordinates with the Records Dept. on any related PHI, documentation and court issues to assist other clinical staff.
• Conducts interviews with consumers and collects critical information necessary to complete comprehensive assessments, for both mental health and substance abuse disorders, that include psychosocial, financial and physical factors, substance abuse history, and history of trauma, diagnosis and mental status; evaluates functional impairments of consumers. Completes the ECSII or CASH and ASAM as part of the patient evaluation process.
• Develops and implements treatment plans; determines appropriate treatment, training and care service needs; matches consumer needs with potential providers, 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; completes program related assignments as required.
• Coordinates with internal and external health care providers and social service personnel to obtain services for consumers or to participate in problem solving; consult with other staff as assigned; meet with community agencies as assigned to coordinate care and meet client needs.
• Coordinates 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.
• Provides 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 client. This includes providing drug and alcohol use tests, such as a urinalysis and breathalyzer tests as appropriate.
• Works closely with other agency providers, such as physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, and case managers to evaluate, treat, plan with clients for appropriate care.
• Participates in community partner meetings as assigned as the primary representative of the Child and Family Treatment Team and CCBH Clinic.


Must possess appropriate qualifications and abilities to clinically supervise other mental health and addiction treatment professionals and fully understand how to proceed on personnel issues and when to consult with his/her immediate supervisor.
(A Cover Letter detailing your level of knowledge and skills, including experience, in the following is required)
Knowledge of : Principles of supervision and have the ability to stay calm in stressful situations and problem solve rapidly in behalf of other staff and clients ; techniques and procedures employed in evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior ; methods and techniques of Evidenced Based Practices used for therapy for dealing with mental health and substance abuse problems ; rules, laws, regulations, and ethics governing the treatment of Mental Health and Substance Abuse consumers and their families ; principles and techniques of interviewing, counseling and crisis intervention ; agency services and criteria for eligibility ; legal process regarding voluntary and involuntary treatment/commitment and ability to be a mental health designee.
Thorough knowledge of: Accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and development, impact of trauma on development; mental health, substance abuse, legal, medical and social resources in the community ; applicable OARs governing service provisions to consumers; standard clinical documentation procedures and requirements ; mandatory reporting requirements.
Skill and ability to: diagnose mental health and substance abuse disorders across the life span ; develop and implement consumer treatment care plans and monitor consumer progress toward established treatment goals ; communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and in written form ; document according to Medicaid Standards ; work effectively with other behavioral health professionals and as a member of a professional team ; follow agency specific record keeping procedures, including ability to work within an electronic clinical documentation system.


Mental Health professionals work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcoholic and substance abusing clients and their families.


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.


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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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) Department.
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Clackamas County only accepts online applications.
We are requesting a Cover Letter that details not only your interest, but outlines why you are qualified for this position.
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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.

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