Revised: 06/83, 01/93; 12/07; 11/16
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under direction, to plan, organize and supervise a mental health program providing limited treatment services to clients; and to do other work as required.


The Department of Health, Housing, & Human Services (H3S) provides assistance to County residents through the following Divisions: Health Centers, Behavioral Health, Social Services, Community Solutions, Community Development, the Office for Children and Families, and the Housing Authority of Clackamas County.

The Mental Health Program Supervisor oversees the provision of mental health services within a well-defined program serving a specific client population. Incumbents provide direct supervision to professional and paraprofessional staff which may include subordinate supervisory or lead personnel.

The Mental Health Program Supervisor differs from the Behavioral Health Clinic Manager which is responsible for managing the direct provision of behavioral health services on a countywide basis. It also differs from a Mental Health Specialist 3, which is the highest level in the MHS series and acts as the lead clinician in specific treatment areas, but does not have full supervisory responsibility.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Develops, supervises and administers a mental health treatment program; coordinates services and activities with other division programs; determines program compliance with external requirements; recommends and implements changes as appropriate; participates in quality assurance and program improvement plans for assigned programs.
  2. Supervises and coordinates clinical operations, including counseling, therapy, case management and related treatment services; assigns caseloads and reviews client progress; assists with difficult treatment issues; audits clinical charts and treatment interventions and ensures delivery of services conforms to standards, policies and legal guidelines.
  3. Hires and supervises professional and paraprofessional staff to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
  4. Assists in preparing program budgets and grant applications; monitors revenues and authorizes expenditures; manages grant funds.
  5. Participates in community agencies, local task forces and advisory boards to promote program services and develop community resources; serves as liaison with public and private agencies, businesses, professional organizations and community groups.
  6. Resolves complaints in collaboration with clients and staff; report results to internal complaint and grievance coordinator.
  7. Provides direct clinical services to consumers/clients as necessary.


Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of psychology, psychopathology and behavior modification, analysis and assessment; theories of normal and abnormal behavior; methods and techniques of individual and group counseling; evidence based practices and implementation of treatment interventions and protocols; principles of clinical ethics, confidentiality and privacy; community resources and referral sources; techniques of supervision; participative management theories; State of Oregon Mental Health Division Administrative Rules, Children's Services Division regulations and client process monitoring systems; principles and practices of public administration; case management methods; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; apply social and psychological theories of behavior and personality to the treatment of difficult mental and emotional disorders and handicaps; diagnose, evaluate and implement treatment plans and monitor client progress toward established goals; analyze and evaluate social, psychological, and physical factors affecting clients and their families; treat clients and their families to enhance their social, psychological and physical functioning; prepare and deliver oral presentations to public and private groups; direct, train, evaluate and discipline supervisory and professional staff providing mental health services; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County employees and the public; operate computer software and other office equipment; utilize computer programs and reporting formats; research, compile and analyze data and develop recommendations; interpret and apply federal, state and local legislation, rules and regulations affecting assigned program.


Incumbents work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcohol and substance abusing clients and their families.


Designation as a "Qualified Mental Health Professional" as established by the State of Oregon Mental Health Division.

Possession of licensure granted by the State of Oregon to practice as a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, or Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.

Must meet experience guidelines as written in the State of Oregon’s OAR 309-019-0125 in order to provide mental health clinical supervision.

Some positions require, per OAR 415-051-0055, current certification or license in addiction counseling OR a current license as a health or allied provider issues by a state licensing body.

May be required to participate in 24 hour a 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 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.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 11/16