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Mental Health Specialist 2 (Jail Discharge Planner)

Mental Health Specialist 2 (Jail Discharge Planner)

Job ID: 106429

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time



Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:

• Service
• Professionalism
• Integrity
• Respect
• Individual accountability
• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve.

That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.

This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

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

Annual Pay Range: $75,039.76 - $94,928.78

Hourly Pay Range: $36.076810 - $45.638838

• 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.
• The listed salary ranges will have a 4.5% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) effective July 1st.

In addition to competitive wages, Clackamas County offers an attractive benefits package for employees in regular status positions. Most benefits, including Medical & Dental, start the first of the month after date of hire:

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month
• 8 hours of sick accrued per month
• 10 paid holidays
• 1 personal day per year

Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

• PERS/OPSRP Pension Program is funded by Clackamas County and provides a lifetime pension to eligible participants, this includes the County picking up the 6% employee retirement contribution!
• OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65
• The 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan provides a resource for retirement savings in addition to your PERS/OPSRP benefits. You can contribute a fixed dollar amount or percentage with each paycheck; a County-paid contribution is included for certain groups.

Other Benefits:

• Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision and prescription drug coverage
• Choice of Dental Plans
• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes
• Longevity pay
• A variety of additional optional benefits

This is a full time County position represented by the Employees' Association.

Clackamas County's Behavioral Health Division (CCBHD) is seeking an energetic and adaptable licensed mental health professional to provide transition planning and crisis intervention to persons experiencing mental health and addictions related issues currently incarcerated in the Clackamas County Jail or visiting the Community Corrections Transition Center.

Clackamas County Behavioral Health partners with Clackamas County Community Corrections to provide jail discharge planning services to individuals who experience symptoms of mental health and who are incarcerated as well as provide post-booking Jail Diversion services as required by the State of Oregon.

The Mental Health Specialist 2 will be responsible for providing mental health support to individuals who are currently incarcerated or at high risk for incarceration. This position will provide crisis response, safety and needs assessment, case management, coordinate and collaborate with the courts and Clackamas County Jail/Transition Center, and create safety and discharge plans.

This position is housed in the jail, and a strong candidate will have: (a) experience working with clients involved in the criminal justice system; (b) knowledge of community resources and treatment options; (c) advanced skill in providing mental health and substance use disorder assessments/treatments as well as crisis services to this population; (d) experience providing crisis assessments and services, care coordination, and discharge planning for individuals either coming out of acute care hospital settings or the criminal justice system. The ideal candidate will have a history of working with individuals in a variety of settings (e.g. field, hospital, office, clinic, E.D., etc.) and extensive knowledge of community resources and treatment options in Clackamas County and the Portland area. Other skills and experience we will be looking for include incorporating a person-centered, strengths-based recovery approach that include peers and natural systems of support; a positive and collaborative attitude and approach in working with partners, including but not limited to law enforcement; and a belief that every person we serve has the right to define and pursue their own definition of recovery.

Clackamas County is committed to building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. In that spirit, we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experience, including those in recovery, or who identify as having lived experience.

Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

Per the Oregon Health Authority, ( & ), this position is subject to the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement. Prior to the start of employment, the selected candidate must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exception in place with the County as a qualification of employment.

• Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Psychologist (PsyD)
• 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:

• 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 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.

• 60 hours of addictions treatment training or ability to obtain (within 6 months of hire)
• 1 or more years of post-graduate clinical experience providing mental health and/or substance use disorder assessments and treatment
• Experience working collaboratively with community partners, collateral service providers, law enforcement agencies and co-workers
• 1 or more years experience providing assessment, triage, and crisis intervention with individuals who are in mental health crisis
• 1 or more years experience assessing risk for suicidal and homicidal behavior
• Experience working with clients involved in the criminal justice system
• Experience utilizing an electronic record or similar computerized data system
• Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate
• Must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. .
• 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.

Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*

• Experience working in a corrections setting
• Certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)

*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.


• Attends meetings, documents contacts and compiles statistics related to individuals experiencing mental health diagnoses involved in the criminal justice system
• Conducts responsibilities associated with being a Mental Health Director's designee such as initiating involuntary commitment process through Director's Custody under ORS 426
• Conducts mental health crisis intervention, safety assessment, triage, and consultation via telephone, per IAA between BHD and CCJ
• Provides in person emergent, urgent, and ad hoc crisis intervention and safety assessment (including crisis case management) as needed for individuals experiencing symptoms of mental health who are involved with the criminal justice system
• Provides outreach, engagement, and assessment to individuals who are incarcerated due to symptoms of mental health or who are high utilizers of the criminal justice system as a result of mental health symptoms
• Assist individuals in connecting to community based services and increasing supports to reduce recidivism
• Coordinate with attorneys, courts, providers, and other collateral supports as needed

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.
• This position is designated as on-site/in-person. It is expected that the selected candidate will perform duties at the specified on-site work location.

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 420,000 residents.


The Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division strives to provide excellent mental health and addictions services to Clackamas County residents who receive Medicaid and Medicare, or who may be uninsured. We offer services through partner providers located throughout the county. We also offer direct service through our Crisis Services programs.

Behavioral Health is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.

Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Help With Your Application:

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).



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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