Employment Type
Job Location
1060 Webber, The Dalles, 97058
Base Salary
$4831-$5326 Per month
Date posted
June 1, 2023
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Position title
Mobile Crisis Mental Health Specialist (+ 10% differential)

We are looking for an on-call Mental Health Specialist to respond to requests for mobile crisis services. This position will require travel. This Job is typically a Fri 5pm -Mon 9:30am schedule in which you must be available to respond to all requests for a mobile crisis services within 1 hour from initial request. This schedule includes attending a virtual meeting Monday morning at 8:30am to review mobile crisis responses.  (10% differential for weekend shift and overnight shift)

This Position

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.

The Crisis Worker (Mental Health Specialist 1) employs strong clinical skills to provide services with MCCFL jail diversion and mobile crisis teams in a community mental health setting over the tri-county area. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, the Crisis Worker must possess demonstrated understanding of the effects of trauma on health, relationships, coping and other aspects of the lives of those we serve.


Essential Responsibilities of the Classification: The following list represents the essential responsibilities (functions) of the position.  It does not, however, represent all of the duties the position will be asked to perform.

  • 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.
  • Depending on position, may provide substance abuse disorder assessment and provide integrated dual-diagnosis services to assigned clients.
  • Utilize agency clinical software system to prepare current client records of treatment and reports as necessary and required.  Maintain timely and cogent progress notes and service plans.  Ensure that client records and other documentation are up-to-date and justify the services provided.
  • Serve as investigator and/or examiner in involuntary commitment procedures.
  • 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.
  • Participate in all team and agency meetings as scheduled.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is an essential responsibility of this position.

Position-Specific Essential Responsibilities:

  • Respond to emergency services requests from supervisor, clientele, law enforcement, community hospitals and other community partners.  Provide crisis counseling, individual counseling and case management services to individuals, couples, families and groups.  Interview to accumulate pertinent data; assess patient problems and develop service plans.
  • Provide telephone referral assistance to a wide variety of clientele making initial contact with MCCFL.  Provide appropriate outside referral information to initial contacts that are not appropriate for MCCFL services.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of available agencies and community resources.
  • Recommend to Clinical Supervisor needed development and/or updates to MCCFL crisis services policies and procedures. As appropriate, Clinical Supervisor will take recommendations to Clinical Planning meeting for review and approval.  Participate in Process Improvement Projects related to crisis services as requested by Clinical Supervisor.

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 of professional experience providing behavioral health counseling.
  • Experience with co-occurring disorders is preferred.
  • Certification as an alcohol and drug counselor certification (CADC 1 or CADC 2) is preferred.
  • Professional licensure in the State of Oregon as an LCSW or LPC or must have the ability to obtain this licensure within two (02) years of hire is preferred (and may be required for some MHS1 positions).
  • Incumbents must obtain certification from the Department of Human Services as a Mental Health Investigator and Mental Health Examiner. Incumbents must keep certification current and in good standing.
  • 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.

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