Job Details

Mental Health Specialist 2 (Hilltop Clinic - Limited Term)

Clackamas County, Oregon City, OR

Job - Government

Close Date: 10/14/2019

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Monday, October 14, 2019.
Note: This is a limited-term position grant funded for one year (12 months), from date of hire. May be eligible for future grant or revenue funding.


Annually: $73,138.17 - $92,523.18
Hourly: $35.162583 - $44.482298

Clackamas County Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is looking for a licensed clinical social worker to work at our Hilltop Clinic and assist the psychiatric/medical provider team by providing brief clinical services to clients as well as providing regular annual reassessment and service plans to individuals receiving medication management services.
The Mental Health Specialist 2 will provide outpatient treatment to vulnerable individuals, many of whom have limited resources. The clinician in this position should thrive in a setting where they will work independently as well as in a medical team environment. The Mental Health Specialist 2 will work closely with the prescribers on conducting initial assessments with medical/psychiatric focus, service plans, reassessments, monitoring medical team caseload attendance and engagement, risk levels and need for interventions.
This position will support an increase in high quality integrated behavioral health services, such as prevention and treatment of mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder. The clinician in this position must have the ability to maintain a high caseload of clients with lower level of acuity.
This position is limited-term being funded by a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) for one year (12 months), from date of hire. Although funding after this date is unknown, the position will be re-evaluated.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
• Designation as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)** as established by the State of Oregon Mental Health Division
• Licensure by a recognized governing board in Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
• 60 hours of addictions treatment training or ability to obtain (within 6 months of hire)
• One or more years of post-graduate clinical experience providing mental health and/or substance use disorder assessments and treatment
• Experience in processing and maintaining medical, mental health and substance abuse treatment information
• Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate or willingness to obtain certification after 3 months of hire
• 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:*
• Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
• Experience providing concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients
• Knowledge of mental health, substance abuse, legal, medical and social resources in the community
• Experience working with individuals with SPMI diagnoses (severe and persistent mental illness)
*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.


• Conducts interviews with consumers and collects critical information necessary to complete comprehensive assessments/ reassessments, for both mental health and substance use disorders that include psychosocial, developmental, financial and physical factors, substance use 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 service plans, determines appropriate treatment, skills training and care service needs, matches consumer needs with potential services and resources. Refers clients to other internal/ external providers to match service needs.
• Monitors client progress during treatment. Writes treatment progress notes and maintains electronic case records in accordance with OARs and agency policies and 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.
• Provides individual, group and family therapy and other therapeutic interventions to clients and significant family members or caregivers in accordance with the service plan to meet the treatment needs of the clients.
• Coordinate 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 negotiations resolution of problems.
• Works closely with other agency providers such as physicians, psychiatrist,s therapists and case managers to evaluate, treat and plan with clients for appropriate care.


Working Knowledge of: Accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and 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; 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 mental patients and clients; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.
Skill to: Apply social and psychological theories of behavior and personality to the treatment of difficult mental and emotional disorders and handicaps; diagnose, evaluate 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; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; make formal presentations to the public, community groups, and other mental health professionals; work effectively as a member of a professional mental health team to diagnose and treat clients; keep accurate and timely records; operate computer software and other office equipment; establish and maintain effective relationships.


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.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

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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