Revised: 02/79, 02/06
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under general direction, to provide a variety of advanced level professional treatment and program services to mental health consumers and their families; to participate as an effective member on a diagnostic team of mental health professionals which conducts evaluations, treatment planning, and placement for consumers; to participate in one or more programs within the system to provide services; and to do other work as required.


The Mental Health Specialist series is primarily oriented to performing professional level program services for consumers in the local community. Services include: family, group and individual therapy; diagnosis, treatment planning and evaluation, commitment investigation and coordinating treatment or other educational/consultative services with community agencies and programs.

Mental Health Specialist 2 is the advanced working level in the Mental Health Specialist series. Incumbents of this class are assigned a broad range of case loads and duties involving sophisticated assessment and treatment procedures, or consisting of severe mental/emotional/behavioral disorders which require a high level of proficiency for effective treatment.

This class differs from Mental Health Specialist 1 which is assigned less complex duties or may require closer supervision. It further differs from the Mental Health Specialist 3 which acts as a lead worker to staff and provides clinical supervision to mental health professionals.


Duties may include but are not limited to:

  1. Assesses consumers through intakes and other interviews to determine diagnosis and treatment needs; collects and evaluates critical information presented by consumer or other informants; examines history and current mental status; develops and implements treatment plans to meet specific requirements of consumers; reviews treatment options with consumer; prepares documents and findings in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.
  2. Provides planned individual, group and family psychotherapeutic services to consumers and their families; enters and maintains documentation of services provided in electronic clinical record in accordance with OAR and Division procedures.
  3. Conducts pre-commitment investigations; takes petitions; gathers or supervises the gathering of background information; coordinates hospital arrangements as needed; attends and testifies at commitment or other formal hearings; completes investigation reports; coordinates with County Counsel and Public Defender.
  4. Works as a key member of a diagnostic team consisting of physicians, psychologists, and other mental health professionals ; makes referrals to other community clinics, agencies, or care facilities; reviews consumer status, diagnosis, evaluations, treatment plans, treatment objectives and outcomes with diagnostic team, supervisors and other health care professionals as appropriate; provides case-specific consultation to other staff members, providers, families and/or community agencies; provides clinical consultation to students, volunteers and paraprofessional staff.
  5. Works as a consultant or trainer to staff, other individuals, other agency personnel, interested community groups or staff at institutions; provides mental health and chemical dependency education and training to other staff, outside professionals, family members and the community; may represent the agency on internal or external committees as appropriate; may act as liaison for specific projects or contract services.
  6. May act as a lead worker or supervisor to oversee work of lower level staff, student interns, or volunteers.
  7. Prepares client evaluations, writes case summaries, reports, and letters and maintains case records; completes program-related assignments as required.
  8. Provides crisis assessment and intervention to consumers and residents of Clackamas County and their families via telephone, in clinics or in the community as part of a 24/7 crisis response system.


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.


Duties are typically performed indoors, involving sedentary activities; incumbents work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcohol and substance abusing clients and their families.


Some positions require licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Psychologist, Nurse Practitioner, Involuntary Commitment Investigator (ICP) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Some positions require eligibility to be certified as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and/or designation as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) as established by the State of Oregon Mental Health Division.

May be required to participate in 24 hours/day emergency program services.

Must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Must pass a pre-employment drug test.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrate possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 4/15