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Clackamas County Health Centers Division

Job ID# 107199

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

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 Health Centers – Behavioral Health Clinics is seeking an experienced and adaptable mental health clinician to join the Treatment Court Team by providing assessment and treatment to clients while maintaining connections with the court. As a Mental Health Specialist, you will provide advanced level professional treatment and program services to adults with substance use issues involved in the justice system. All candidates must be willing to qualify to complete the qualifications to provide alcohol and drug treatment.

This role includes providing clinical assessments, and individual and group therapy to adults referred to the DUII Treatment Court Program and formulating accurate diagnosis to determine the appropriate level of care and treatment plans.  Additionally, responsibilities include ensuring certain targeted treatment plans are up to date and accurate, ensuring progress notes reflect accurate documentation and making sure progress toward achievement of goals is obtained. Ensuring mandatory reports are made and agency policies and protocols are followed in accordance with OARs and Division procedures. The clinician in this position will work as a key member of the DUII Treatment Court team and as a member of the Community Health Centers; make referrals to other community clinics, agencies, or care facilities; provide crisis interventions both in person and by telephone; develop and negotiate treatment plans; and maintain accountability for assigned clients including monitoring urinalysis drug screening coordination and additional duties as listed within the typical tasks section of this job announcement.

The ideal candidate will have experience treating individuals involved in the justice system with substance abuse issues, certification as a CADC or 60 hours of Alcohol and Drug Training, and experience, knowledge and a commitment to serving a diverse population and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion and experience facilitating therapy groups. Competitive candidates will be licensed clinicians.

Successful candidates 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 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 behavioral health treatment provides positive outcomes in the lives of each person, their chosen family, and the community in which they reside. The clinicians providing services to the community are responsible for the highest quality of care and be diverse in their treatment skills. This is your opportunity to give back to the community!

*This position is currently open for a licensed or unlicensed, Mental Health Specialist.  Clackamas County will consider unlicensed candidates with experience and/or a background providing treatment to individuals involved with the justice system or individuals within the vulnerable population.  Licensure is however required within 4 years of hire and applicants must still meet QMHP criteria.

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:

    • A 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 behavioral science field.
      • QMHPs must demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical heath, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, cultural, social and work relationships, and conducting mental status examination, complete a DSM diagnosis, write and supervise the implementation of a ISSP and provide individual, family or group therapy within the scope of their training.
  • If licensed, 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).   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. 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 or PHD) within four (4) years of hire.
  • Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
  • 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:*

  • Fluent in Spanish/English, both oral and written
  • Current licensure (LCSW, LPC, LMFT)
  • Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) I, II, III
  • Experience working on a Treatment Court Team, or similar treatment court environment, providing mental health assessment and treatment to clients


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