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Mental Health Specialist (Juvenile Drug Court/Child and Family Integrated Treatment Team)

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/31/2020


Clackamas County's Health Centers Division - Behavioral Health Clinics is looking to fill a Mental Health Specialist position with the Child and Family Integrated Treatment Team working with the Juvenile Drug Court program. The department is considering candidates meeting the Mental Health Specialist 1 or Mental Health Specialist 2 classification requirements.
The Mental Health Specialist 1 is the first working level in the Mental Health Specialist series. Incumbents in this class are assigned a broad range of caseloads and duties involving assessment and treatment procedures, or consisting of severe mental/emotional/behavioral disorders which require a high level of proficiency for effective treatment. Incumbents are not considered independent practitioners as they are not licensed and service/treatment plans must be approved by a licensed mental health professional.
This class differs from the higher level Mental Health Specialist 2, which is a licensed Mental Health Professional. Advancement to Mental Health Specialist 2 is predicated upon mental health licensure by a recognized governing board in Oregon. When entering as a Mental Health Specialist 1, licensure is required within 3 years of hire.
The Mental Health Specialist 2 is the advanced working level in the Mental Health Specialist series. Incumbents of this class are independent practitioners assigned a broad range of caseloads and duties involving sophisticated assessment and treatment procedures, or consisting of severe mental/emotional/behavioral addiction disorders which require a high level of proficiency for effective treatment.
This class differs from Mental Health Specialist 1 which is not a licensed Mental Health Professional. Incumbents in this class are currently licensed.


This position will remain open until filled. The first application review will be Monday, January 20, 2020.
We reserve the right to close this recruitment at any time on or after that date.


Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed)
Salary Pay Range: Annually: $60,380.30 - $76,668.96; Hourly: $29.028990 - $36.860078
Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed)
Salary Pay Range: Annually: $73,138.17 - $92,523.18; Hourly: $35.162583 - $44.482298
Starting salaries will be within the posted pay range based on job-related factors such as experience, training and/or education.


In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions.
With the Clackamas County Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), you may be eligible for loan forgiveness, re-payment and scholarship opportunities through Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and/or the Oregon Office of Rural Health (Oregon Medicaid Primary Care Loan Repayment Program). In addition, there may be options for loan forgiveness while working with a government/public agency with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.
This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.


Clackamas County Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is seeking a Mental Health Specialist to work with our Child and Family Integrated Treatment Team. Candidates must have experience working with children and youth ages 0-18 and their families but able to provide evidence based treatment to clients of all ages with mental health and substance abuse issues. A portion of this position is dedicated to providing services to youth and families participating in Clackamas County’s Juvenile Drug Court program.
Candidates must be willing to qualify to complete the requirements to provide alcohol and drug treatment.
Competitive candidates will have significant adolescent and family treatment experience, specifically with substance abuse issues; demonstrated skill in providing family-focused services, experience coordinating with multiple systems of care, and have strong computer skills. Clinicians must use an electronic health record.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in providing substance abuse treatment services and demonstrate strong skills in connecting with youth involved in the legal system with successes in meeting treatment plan goals.
Treatment services may be provided at multiple clinic locations and in community settings.

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 licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Psychologist (PsyD), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) OR within 3 years of licensure
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
• Knowledge of early childhood development
• More than one year of experience conducting comprehensive substance abuse assessments and treatment
• Direct experience providing child, adolescent and family mental health and addictions treatment for children and youth ages 0 to 18, utilizing Evidence Based Practices
• Must have strong skills providing individual, family, and group treatment
• Experience and willingness to provide mental health and/or addiction assessments and treatment services to adults
• Recovering individuals must be able to demonstrate 2 years continuous sobriety in non- residential, independent living conditions
• Candidates must be willing to work some evening hours as a regular part of their work schedule
• Must successfully pass credentialing process
• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. Learn more about the County's drug testing policy.
• Must pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check
• Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment. Learn more about the County's driving policy
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Current license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Psychologist (PsyD), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
• Knowledge of mental health, substance abuse, legal, medical and social resources in the community
• Previous experience working with youth involved in the legal system
• Bilingual in Spanish
*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:
• Graduate degree in psychology;
• Graduate degree in social work;
• Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy;
• Graduate degree in a behavioral science field;
• Bachelor’s degree in nursing and licensed by the State of Oregon; or
• Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon.
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.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

1. Assesses consumers through intakes and other interviews to determine diagnosis and treatment needs; collects and evaluates critical information presented by consumer or other informants; examines history and current mental status; develops and implements treatment plans to meet specific requirements of consumers; reviews treatment options with consumer; prepares documents and findings in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.
2. Provides planned individual, group and family 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.
3. Works as a key member of a diagnostic team consisting of physicians and other mental health professionals; makes referrals to other community clinics, agencies, or care facilities; reviews consumer status, diagnosis, evaluations, treatment plans, treatment objectives and outcomes with diagnostic 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.
4. Works as a member of the Juvenile Drug Court treatment team; providing assessments, individual, family and group therapy. Coordinate with multiple professionals including attorneys, court counselors and the judge.
5. 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.
6. Prepares client evaluations, writes case summaries, reports, and letters and maintains case records; completes program-related assignments as required.


Working knowledge of: Accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and child development, and social interaction and development; techniques and procedures employed in diagnosing, evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior; principles and techniques of group and individual therapy including the use of evidenced based practices for children, youth and families; principles and methods of community intervention; techniques of identifying and utilizing community resources; case management methods and techniques; rules, laws, regulations, and ethics governing the treatment of behavioral health clients; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.
Skill to: Apply professionally accepted treatment protocols to children ages 0-5; professionally accepted treatment protocols for children ages 6-18; knowledge of treatments services for youth with substance abuse issues; social and psychological theories of behavior and personality to the treatment of difficult mental and emotional disorders; diagnose and implement a treatment plan and monitor the client's progress toward established goals; analyze and evaluate social, psychological, and physical factors affecting clients and their families; treat clients and their families in order to enhance their social, psychological, and physical functioning; work collaboratively with clients and families to develop treatment plans; communicate effectively in writing and make formal presentations to the public, community groups, and other mental health professionals; work effectively and respectfully as a member of a professional mental health team; keep accurate and timely records; operate computer software and other office equipment.

This position works 40 hours during a workweek of either Monday through Friday OR a flex schedule of four 10 hour days. Specific schedule to be determined at 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.

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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