Mental Health Specialist 1 or 2 (Temporary)

Health, Housing & Human Services – Health Centers Division
MHS 1 $29.783744 - $37.818440 Hourly/DOE
MHS 2 $36.076810 - $45.638838 Hourly/DOE

Clackamas County Health Centers - Behavioral Health Clinics is looking for a motivated clinician to join the Health Centers’ Behavioral Health Team as a member of the integrated treatment team.  This position will provide treatment to adults and youth.  We are looking for either a licensed (MHS 2) or unlicensed, but able to obtain licensure within 6 months (MHS 1).

The Mental Health Specialist provides a variety of professional counseling and program services to individuals receiving mental health and/or addiction services and their families and participate as an effective member on a diagnostic team of mental health professionals which conduct evaluations, service/treatment planning, and placement for clients.  Clinicians in this position must have experience working with Evidence Based Treatment Practices and the ability to perform concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients.

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

Mental Health Specialist 1 is the first working level in the Mental Health Specialist series.  Incumbents in this class are assigned a broad range of caseloads and duties involving assessment and treatment procedures, or consisting of severe mental/emotional/behavioral disorders which require a high level of proficiency for effective treatment. Incumbents are not considered independent practitioners as they are not licensed and service/treatment plans must be approved by a licensed mental health professional.

This class differs from the higher level Mental Health Specialist 2 which is a licensed Mental Health Professional.  Advancement to Mental Health Specialist 2 is predicated upon mental health licensure by a recognized governing board in Oregon.

At Clackamas Health Centers, our aim is to work with each individual to help them be as healthy as they can be. We believe engagement and participation in mental health and addictions 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.

Required Qualifications

Per the Oregon Health Authority, (OAR 333-091-1010 & OAR 333-019-1030), 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.

  • Meet the definition of Qualified Medical Health Professional (QMHP) by having the minimum education requirements as established 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.

  • At least 2 years of relevant experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills to perform the duties of the position.
  • Within 6 months of hire, incumbents must obtain licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). 
  • Experience providing mental health assessments and treatment services to youth and/or adults
  • Strong skills and experience providing individual, family, and group treatment
  • Recovering individuals must be able to demonstrate 2 years continuous sobriety in non- residential, independent living conditions
  • Candidates must be willing to work some evening hours as a regular part of their work schedule
  • Must successfully pass credentialing process
  • Must possess and maintain a Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate.
  • 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 Qualifications

  • LCSW license
  • CADC license or experience.
  • Experience working in a Behavioral Health Consultant role and/or in a Primary Care setting
  • Experience with crisis management and/or risk assessment

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conducts interviews with consumers and collects critical information necessary to complete comprehensive assessments/ reassessments, for both mental health and substance use disorders that include psychosocial, developmental, financial and physical factors, substance use history, trauma history, diagnosis and mental status; evaluates functional impairments of consumers. Completes the client level of care tool as part of the evaluation process.
  • Develops screening services, determines appropriate treatment, skills training and care service needs, matches consumer needs with potential services and resources. Refers clients to other internal/ external providers to match service needs.
  • Monitors client progress during treatment. Writes treatment progress notes and maintains electronic case records in accordance with OARs and agency policies and procedures; completes program related assignments as required.
  • Coordinates with internal and external health care providers and social service personnel to obtain services for consumers or to participate in problem solving; consult with other staff as assigned; meet with community agencies as assigned to coordinate care and meet client needs.
  • Provides individual, group and family therapy and other therapeutic interventions to clients and significant family members or caregivers in accordance with the service plan to meet the treatment needs of the clients.
  • Coordinate and consults on the client's behalf with family, providers, public and private agencies, law enforcement agencies, justice system, schools and others to maximize treatment goals; responds to emergencies and negotiations resolution of problems.
  • Works closely with agency providers such as physicians, psychiatrists, other therapists and case managers to evaluate, treat and plan with clients for appropriate care.

Hours and Duration

This position may work at any clinic location during a workday of M-F.  This position is represented by the EA Temporary Union.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter (limited to one page) and a resume to:
Ben DeGiulio at   The email should include ATTN: Ben DeGiulio in the subject line.  Mail submissions must be received by the deadline for consideration. 

For further information, call Ben DeGiulio at 503-723-4819.

Applications are accepted until position is filled.



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