Employment Type
Job Location
1060 Webber Street, The Dalles, 97058
Base Salary
$4831-$5326 Per month
Date posted
April 11, 2023
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Position title
Mental Health Specialist - children & family ($2500 Sign on bonus)

Work in a meaningful 8:30-5:00 environment that serves our rural community and enjoy all the perks of Oregon and Washington in your free time!

Why work with MCCFL?

  • $2500 Sign on Bonus for QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) position
  • $5,000 Sign on Bonus for LPC/LCSW
  • Loan Repayment Location - HRSA!
  • Relocation Assistance to the Columbia Gorge
  • Loan Repayment for Oregon Behavioral Health Workers! (QMHP, QMHA, CADC, CGAC, CRM, PSS, ) - Application through OHA deadline: January 3, 2023

The Mental Health Specialist 1 provides culturally competent, appropriate, and trauma-informed crisis and behavioral health treatment for assigned clients.  This position provides counseling and education for individuals, couples, families and groups.  The Mental Health Specialist 1 provides behavioral health services to other community agencies, coordinates behavioral health services with other community and State resources, and performs related work as required.  Incumbents must demonstrate cultural sensitivity and understanding of how culture influences and impacts behavioral health services while incorporating this understanding into trauma-informed care.


This position provides QMHP behavioral health services to clients age 2-17 and their families. Clients may present with a variety of issues including trauma histories, dysregulated behavior and/or emotions, suicidality, and difficult relationship dynamics. Interventions may include Collaborative Problem Solving, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and a variety of other modalities.

  • Provide psychotherapy, counseling, and case management services to individuals, couples, families and groups. Conduct interviews to accumulate pertinent data; assess presenting issues; develop service plans. Counseling and psychotherapy may include working with assigned clients in developing communication skills, providing assertiveness training, providing behavior modification programs, and monitoring the effects of prescribed medication.
  • Provide substance abuse disorder assessment and provide integrated dual-diagnosis services to assigned clients.
  • Meet minimum client service productivity requirements as may be set by the Agency to meet requirements of outside funding and/or reimbursement sources.
  • Utilize agency clinical software system to make internal referrals, manage work schedule, and to prepare current client records of treatment and reports as necessary and required. Maintain timely and cogent progress notes and service plans to required standards.  Ensure that client records and other documentation are up-to-date and justify the services provided.
  • Assist and/or provide back-up support with screening, referral, and crisis services as needed and directed by supervisor. May provide after-hours emergency services on a 24-hour, rotating basis, such as telephone consultation, crisis intervention, and pre-hospital screening examinations.
  • Actively participate in joint case planning and coordination with internal multi-disciplinary team and agency psychiatrists. Collaborate in case planning and service coordination as needed with other community agencies such as schools, group homes, community detention facility, community medical hospital and other DHS programs.
  • Regular and reliable attendance; timely and professional communication; confidentiality.
  • Participate in all team and agency meetings as scheduled.


Position-Specific Essential Responsibilities:

  • Triage and implement strategies for crisis and crisis stabilization with the ACCESS team and Family Care Coordinator.
  • Serve as collaborator with Intensive Community Treatment Services (ICTS) staff.

Job Specifications:  Any qualifying combination of education, licensure and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying.  This would typically include:

  • Master's degree in social work, psychology, psychiatric nursing or other related field AND
  • Two (2) years’ professional experience providing behavioral health counseling that includes includes work with sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and trauma.
  • Experience with PCIT, Collaborative Problem Solving, Child-Parent Psychotherapy, is preferred.
  • Experience working with children and youth and with disadvantaged populations is preferred.
  • Bilingual fluency Spanish/English may be required for some positions.
  • Professional licensure in the State of Oregon as an LCSW or LPC, or the ability to obtain this licensure within two (02) years of hire is preferred (and may be required for some MHS1 positions).
  • Must possess a valid Oregon or Washington Driver's License, maintain an acceptable driving record and be insurable for client service purposes and for travel between business office for meetings and/or trainings. This position must pass all criminal history check requirements as required by ORS 181.536 to 181.537, and in accordance with OAR 407-007-0220 to 407-007-0370.
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
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