Date posted
January 13, 2020
Closing Date
Open Until Filled (First Screening: 01/27/2020)
Salary Range
$ 3,612 Per Month - $ 4,390 Per Month
Salary Note

Starting salaries are assigned considering the applicant’s qualifications and experience measured against internal factors; the successful applicant will be appointed at the first step of the salary range.

Children and Families - Wasco County Schools
Part-time (.8), Benefit-eligible
Job Location
1060 Webber Street, 97058, The Dalles, OR
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Mental Health Specialist 1 - Wasco County Schools



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, 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 in Wasco County School System to school-age clients 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.

TO APPLY: Apply using the links located at the lower left-hand side of this page. A signed, completed MCCFL employment application is required; submission of a resume is optional and does not replace the application form. For first consideration, please submit application materials no later than 8:00 a.m. on the date of first screening. MCCFL is an Equal Opportunity / ADA Employer.


The following list includes the essential functions of the position. It does not include, however, all of the responsibilities the position may 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.
• Triage and implement strategies for crisis and crisis stabilization in collaboration with Crisis Services.
• Meet minimum client service productivity requirements as may be set by the Agency to meet requirements of outside funding and/or reimbursement sources.
• Facilitate psycho-educational and therapy groups.
• 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.
• May serve as investigator and/or examiner in involuntary commitment procedures, as required.
• 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.
• Some positions may provide substance abuse disorder assessment and provide integrated dual-diagnosis services, as assigned.
• 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.


If not professionally licensed (LPC, LCSW), incumbents in this classification must meet requirements as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHP), and be certified as such by the Mental Health and Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO). 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 to children and families that may include work with sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and trauma.
In Addition:
• Bilingual fluency in Spanish/English is preferred.
• Experience with PCIT, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Child-Parent Psychotherapy is desired.
• Experience with Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT) is desired.
• Experience working with underserved populations is desired.
• 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 a flexible schedule as needed.

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 maintain a strong service orientation; ability to meet minimum client service productivity requirements as may be set by the Agency; 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 Sanctuary Model guidelines; ability to establish and maintain harmonious work relationships with co-workers at all levels of the organization, consultants, contractors, community partners, and consumers.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

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 alternate mode of transportation may suffice). This employee must be approved to provide transportation for clients using agency vehicles.

Work is performed in a variety of settings, often in a clinic office environment, but may also be performed in 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.

Position: Mental Health Specialist 1 - Wasco County Schools

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