Mental Health Specialist 2 (multiple vacancies) - Temporary

Health, Housing and Human Services – Health Centers- Behavioral Health Clinics
Mental Health Specialist 2 (Licensed) $36.07 - $45.63 Hourly/DOE
Mental Health Specialist 1 (Un-Licensed) $29.78 - $37.81 Hourly/DOE

Clackamas County's Health Centers- Behavioral Health Clinics seeking a motivated, and adaptable licensed(or within one year of licensure), mental health and substance abuse clinician to join the Adult Outpatient Treatment Team at the Oregon City Hilltop clinic location with a strong commitment to providing equitable services to the community and supporting Clackamas County’s commitment to equity, inclusions and diversity. Successful applicants 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 outpatient 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.   

As a Mental Health Specialist, you will provide a variety of advanced level professional treatment and program services to individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues primarily servicing Medicaid, Medicare, and uninsured populations.  You will be expected to participate as effective members on a team of professionals who regularly conduct mental health and addictions assessments, treatment plans and services for a wide range of individuals.  You will also be expected to participate in and support increased diversity and equity within our team, clinic and county. These positions include management of client crises and coverage of other duties as necessary, which could involve working as a generalist in any of our adult, child and family programs.

We are looking to fill two positions for either a Mental Health Specialist 2 (licensed) or Mental Health Specialist 1 (unlicensed – but required within one year)

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Conducts culturally appropriate and sensitive 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 and implements culturally appropriate service plans, 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.

Required Qualifications

  • 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.
  • Licensure (or within 1 year of 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)
  • Experience, knowledge and commitment to serving a diverse population and promoting equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience working with Evidence Based Treatment Practices
  • Experience working with adults with mental health and substance abuse issue
  • Experience facilitating therapy groups for adults
  • Ability to perform concurrent (collaborative) documentation/charting with clients
  • The ability to complete 60 documented hours of alcohol and drug training, if licensed, or obtain a CADC within 2 years of hire
  • 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 Qualifications

  • Oregon Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

*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.

Hours and Duration

30 Hours per week, Monday – Friday. Specific hours and days will be discussed once hired.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter (limited to one page) and a resume to: Amy Joslin, LPC at  The email should include ATTN: Mental Health Specialist in the subject line. Submissions must be received by the deadline for consideration.  

Applications are accepted until position is filled.


2051 Kaen Road Oregon City, OR 97045

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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