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Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division

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Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.

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

*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.

Clackamas County is committed to offering a high-quality benefits package to support employees and their families.

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.

Most benefits, including Medical & Dental, start the first of the month after date of hire!

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee’s date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

12 hours of vacation accrued per month. Eligible newly hired employees will have the one-time option to frontload their first year of vacation accruals in compliance with EPP 66 – Vacation Leave! This means you have access to vacation time at time of hire.
8 hours of sick accrued per month
10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year
Other Benefits:

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee’s share of the retirement contribution.)
OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65
A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage
A Choice of Dental Plans
Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
Longevity pay
Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan
A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)
This is a full time County position represented by the Employees’ Association.

This position works 40 hours (8 hours a day) 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. This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the Clackamas County Teleworking Policy and based on the Department’s business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.

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