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Mental Health Specialist - DHS

Options Counseling and Family Services, Eugene

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 05/31/2019

Options Counseling and Family Services is an Oregon based non-profit agency comprised of people helping people. Our culturally diverse team of caring individuals has been serving Oregon families for over 25 years. We are proud to offer a Trauma Informed Care environment for both our clients and our staff.

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General Description:
Provides services to families in which children are at risk of out-of-home placement, children are reuniting with families after out-of-home placement, children are currently in out-of-home placement, and/or foster or adoptive families who have children experiencing disruptive placements. Provides case management to caregivers involved with DHS Child Welfare to address safety concerns. They will also accompany caseworkers for intakes when there are possible mental health concerns. Implements effective service plans in collaboration with DHS caseworker and family members. Supports families with mental health issues and assists in providing access to mental health services. Adheres to DHS contract requirements. Co-located in DHS branch. Ability to travel and transport clients to families’ homes and communities required*

Minimum Qualifications:
Meet criteria as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). Pass a DHS background check and/or fingerprinting. Effective working with families in which children have experienced abuse or neglect has occurred. Must have respectful, open, unbiased, accepting attitude toward clients and their families. Relate effectively with children, adolescents, parents, staff and the community. Maintain client confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in social work, psychology, or counseling. Two years’ experience working with at-risk families within the last five years. Knowledge of family dynamics that may include sexual abuse, substance use, and intimate partner violence.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
50% - Direct Service
Help family members overcome barriers and identify strengths to meet the child(ren)’s needs for safety, permanency, and well-being
Maintain and carry out all scheduled appointments
Collaborate with DHS and follow the identified case plan
Utilize Motivational Interviewing, Wraparound, Collaborative Problem Solving, and other evidence-based practices
Refer client to supportive services to supplement services as appropriate
Work a flexible schedule to meet families’ needs and be available for crisis consultation
Provide interventions that are family-focused, culturally relevant, behavioral, goal-directed, and trauma-informed
Assess for caregiver capacities as related to child safety and well-being
Provide immediate assistance to caseworker, including attending appointments in homes and communities to assess family needs and determine case disposition
Help caregivers improve diminished protective capacities
Assist family members in accessing behavioral health services

35% - Case Coordination
Coordinate case activities with Contract Supervisor, DHS/Child Welfare, Juvenile Department, schools, and other community partners
Participate in Family Decision Meetings, Citizens’ Review Board, and Court hearings (with a valid subpoena and court order)
Assist DHS/Child Welfare caseworkers by providing consultations/courtesy assistance in evaluating the goals of intervention
Provide office hours in the DHS/Child Welfare branch to be available for consultation to referring caseworkers
Attend and actively participate in weekly group supervision meetings with supervisor and peers

15% - Documentation
Report any potentially dangerous situations or safety plan violations to DHS or law enforcement, including making required mandatory reports
Document all travel time, mileage, and other required work-related activities
Document all client and peripheral interactions related to the services
Maintain accurate and complete client records, including regular reports, treatment plans, service summaries, and memos to chart, within the electronic client record (ECR), to meet contract requirements
Develop a written record of appropriately used direct support funds for client family

Working Conditions:
May be required to work afternoon, evening, and/or weekend hours
Will travel locally and transport clients with own vehicle. Must be insured with liability insurance*
Extended periods of time sitting at work station updating client records, phone work, and client sessions
Provide services in challenging environments; families may be impacted by poverty
Ability to stand, work, and drive throughout the day
Mobility and dexterity sufficient to assist clients and handle required job-related functions and move about the facility
Ability to cope with clients who may use challenging or offensive language with potential for escalation to physical aggression

*Positions that require driving clients must maintain vehicle insurance as required by law, with a minimum of $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 personal auto liability coverage (proof of insurance will be required).

**Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

SALARY RANGE* $35,000 to $38,000

EOE STATEMENT Options Counseling and Family Services is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

* The salary range is calculated using Oregon Equal Pay Law factors, which accounts for experience, education, training, travel, and workplace location.

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