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Clackamas County Health Centers Division

Job ID# 107183

Salary Range:

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

Bilingual Spanish/English skills are required for this position.  An additional 5% of base compensation is added to pay.

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’s Health Centers – Behavioral Health Clinics is seeking a motivated and adaptable mental health and substance abuse clinician (licensed or unlicensed), with a strong commitment to providing equitable services to the community and supporting Clackamas County’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity. This position will join the Adult Outpatient Treatment Team at the Oregon City DSB clinic location.

The Mental Health Specialist classification provides a variety of advanced level professional treatment and program services to individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues primarily servicing Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured populations.  As a Mental Health Specialist (Clinician of the Day), under general supervision, you will provided a variety of professional counseling and program services to individuals receiving mental health services and their families; participate as an effective member on a diagnostic team of mental health professionals which conduct evaluations, service/treatment planning, and placement for clients; participate in one or more programs within the system to provide services; and complete other work as required.  This position will also manage client crises and will be assigned to cover duties as necessary, which could involve working as a generalist in any of our adult, child, and family programs. You will be expected to participate as effective members on a team of professionals who regularly conduct mental health and addictions assessments, treatment plans and services for a wide range of individuals.  You will also be expected to participate in and support increased diversity and equity within our team, clinic and county.

Successful applicants will be able to provide culturally competent treatment modalities, have an anti-racist lens, will have completed some personal reflection and growth in their own equity journey, have a strong commitment to providing equitable services to the community, fostering an open and productive environment, and demonstrating sensitivity to and respect for the diverse populations we serve. Mental Health Specialists provide outpatient treatment to vulnerable individuals, many of whom may have limited resources.  Professionals in these positions should thrive in a setting where they will work independently as well as in a team environment.

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 2.  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 4 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.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – preferred, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD/PHD). If unlicensed, must have minimum of two (2) years 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 four (4) years of hire.
  • Fluency in Spanish/English (bilingual skills to be validated/tested at time of interview and/or selection)
  • Experience, knowledge and commitment to serving a diverse population and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience working with Evidence Based Treatment Practices
  • Experience working with adults with mental health and substance abuse issue
  • Experience facilitating therapy groups for adults
  • Ability to perform concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients
  • Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
  • The ability to complete 60 documented hours of alcohol and drug training, if licensed, or obtain a CADC within 2 years of hire
  • Must successfully pass the 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 Licensure (LCSW, LPC or LMFT preferred)
  • Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, III
  • Graduate degree in psychology, social work, a behavioral science field


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