Employment Type
Job Location
The Dalles and Sherman County
Base Salary
$30.62-$33.76 Per hour
Date posted
December 28, 2023
Position title
Mental Health Specialist - Children

Do you want to work in an environment where you make a difference? Come join us in the Columbia Gorge and earn experience working with a vulnerable population! This is an opportunity to work in community mental health, providing counseling services in a rural area. As an employer, we promote self-care and recognize the impacts that has on job satisfaction.

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?

-$2,500 Sign on Bonus for QMHPs
-$5,000 Sign on Bonus for LPCs/LCSWs
-Loan Repayment - HRSA!
-Relocation Assistance to the Columbia Gorge

This position will work 50% of the time in The Dalles and 50% of the time in Sherman County. Hours worked in Sherman County are eligible for a $3.00/hour pay differential.

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 aged 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.


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.

Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge: Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of mental health assessment and treatment including the social, emotional and behavioral aspects of mental illness and substance abuse disorder; knowledge of parenting skills/techniques and child development; knowledge of techniques, tests and procedures employed in evaluating and modifying behavior; knowledge of laws, rules and regulations governing the assessment and treatment of mental health clients; knowledge of clinical manifestations and patterns of substance abuse disorder and associated treatment methods and practices; knowledge of group dynamics and group therapy; knowledge of community health programs and services.

Skill: Skill in the use of computerized medical systems; skill in the use of standard office software.

Ability: Ability to understand and effectively apply the concepts and practices of a trauma-informed philosophy in performing the work. Ability to work within strong professional ethics and rules of confidentiality to provide effective assessment and treatment of a variety of mental health disorders. Ability to work with consumers and interdisciplinary teams to develop an effective service plan; ability to write and maintain timely and cogent progress notes, service plans, reports and other professional documents; ability to meet minimum client service productivity requirements as may be set by the Agency; ability to maintain a strong service orientation; ability to organize and execute work effectively under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; ability to speak before groups of various sizes; ability to work with grace and good humor under pressure; ability to work cooperatively with other departments; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing and within trauma-informed care guidelines; ability to establish and maintain harmonious work relationships with co-workers at all levels of the organization, consultants, contractors, community partners, and consumers.

Leadership Received:
This position works within the supervisory leadership of the Clinical Supervisor for its assigned program. The designated supervision emphasizes independence of method and process while indicating accountability for results. Leadership will include triage with staff, guidance and support of clients while demonstrating initiative and responding to concerns within the framework of trauma-informed care.

Leadership Exercised:
Supervisory leadership is not a normal responsibility of this classification.

Physical Demands:
The Mental Health Specialist must have the ability to quickly assess and respond to concerns related to interpersonal and environmental safety. While performing the essential duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use office automation including computer and phone system that requires fine manipulation, grasping, typing and reaching. The employee may be required to sit or stand for several hours at a time, depending on environment and need. This position may occasionally be required to lift up to twenty (20) pounds, and to kneel, reach, bend or squat while in the office or in the community. The employee should possess a valid driver's license for vehicle travel between business offices in order to attend required meetings and/or trainings (a reliable alternative mode of transportation may suffice). This employee must be approved to provide transportation for clients using agency vehicles.

Work Environment: Work is performed in a variety of settings, including office environment, schools, homes, community settings and other agency stakeholder facilities. The office environment is typically with moderate stimuli and may often result in exposure to increased sensory experiences. Community settings, such as residence, schools, police precincts, respite facilities, hospitals and other public spaces may pose additional risks or discomforts which require safety precautions. Universal Precautions and remaining alert to environment are critical to address the potential for violent behavior, safety concerns, biohazards, noise and contaminants.

While this description is intended to accurately reflect the activities and requirements of the Mental Health Specialist 1 position, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary. Job responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate the needs of the individuals served by this agency. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.