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Crisis Clinician 2 (Underfill CC1) - Psychiatric Crisis Center - Part-Time

Marion County
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Crisis Clinician 2 (Underfill CC1) - Psychiatric Crisis Center - Part-Time


$25.02 - $40.69 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Full-time Regular

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Health and Human Services


HHS - BH - Acute Forensic Diversion Svcs

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This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants and will remain open until filled. If you have already applied for recruitment #554-2023-24, you do not need to reapply. New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.


Are you looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work and work part time? This opportunity is for you. You will provide   crisis intervention evaluations in a 24/7 community crisis center and work as a team to meet and assess needs of individuals. The work is varied with 24/7 supervision support. Training is provided. We work collaboratively with our local emergency departments to provide crisis consultations and assessments as needed.  
The position is part time (60%, 24 hours/week) and fully benefitted.  Hours are Friday and Saturday from 7 pm to 7:30 am. We offer licensure supervision as available. Ask about our hiring incentives!


Mental Health Specialist 1:  $25.02 - $33.51 hr
Mental Health Specialist 2:  $30.33 - $40.69 hr


Plans and carries out recreational, social and skills training activities; performs case management and counseling functions with individuals and their families; facilitates counseling and/or skills training groups; performs related duties as required.  Primary responsibility of this class is case management and counseling, without responsibility for developing and implementing specific programs in the community.


Works under supervision of a supervisor who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews the results obtained for overall effectiveness.


Supervision of others is not a responsibility of positions in this classification


Provides independent functional assessment and treatment of individuals; provides crisis intervention services; assists in the development and implementation of behavioral health services to the community, including treatment groups; performs related duties as required. Primary responsibility of this class is to provide crisis intervention, case management, and treatment services, including intensive services, to individuals and their families and/or to develop and implement specific services in the community.

Works under the supervision of a supervisor who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews the results obtained for overall effectiveness.


Primary supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of positions in this classification. May act as a Clinical Supervisor designee when needed.  May assist in the supervision of practicum students and/or volunteers.


Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following

Counseling to Crisis Clients

  • Provide counseling by telephone or in-person to individuals in crisis and/or their families or concerned others.  
  • Intervene with both children and adults presenting with concerns covering the full range of personal needs and include thoughts/plans or violence toward self or others and major psychiatric illness. Due to the wide spectrum of presenting problems, it is necessary to have a comprehensive knowledge of psychopathology and be able to draw upon a wide range of therapeutic strategies in counseling.   This work is done at different locations each day (local emergency departments and PCC) therefore driving is required.
Assessment of Mental Status
  • Perform independent assessment of mental status, diagnosis, level of functioning, dangerousness, and specific needs for services.  Screen individual for psychiatric hospitalization
Planning Development
  • Develop plans with client/family to address immediate needs and plans to obtain services.  If a client is unwilling to seek services, make decisions regarding involuntary commitment based on dangerousness and ability to care for self.
Community Coordination
  • Maintain current knowledge of, and contact with, community agencies in order to make referrals appropriately.  See that clients gain access to the services they need, and do follow-up work as needed, to make certain that the client’s needs are being met.
Advocacy for Client's Rights
  • Provide advocacy for client rights, ethical consideration, needs for service and least restrictive care-intervention.
Requests for information
  • Respond to requests for information regarding clients not currently in the CSS, requiring a thorough knowledge of laws governing the release of confidential information. Attend monthly PCC team meeting.
Other job duties as assigned by your supervisor.


Requirements for the Position

Mental Health Specialist 1 Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Possession of a graduate degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a behavioral science field, or possession of a bachelor's degree in Nursing and licensed by the State of Oregon, or possession of a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon; OR second year graduate students waivered as QMHP's by the Oregon Health Authority.
Additional requirement for Mental Health Specialist 2 level:
  • In addition to the educational requirements above, the Mental Health Specialist 2 must have at least one year of full-time, post-graduate degree experience in the behavioral health field.
  • Must be either 1) licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, 2) licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers or 3) credentialed or registered through the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO) as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) within the first 30 days of employment. Applicants may be required to pass a practical knowledge and skills assessment as part of the interview process.
  • This position may be subject to the following:  Must not be excluded from participation in the federal health care programs (Medicaid, Medicare and other federally funded programs that provide health benefits); AND must not be excluded from participating in federal procurement (Federal Acquisition Regulation) and non-procurement activities (Executive Order No. 12549).
  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history.  Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business.  The policy can be found at:
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
  • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a part-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule: Friday - Saturday 8:00 pm -6:30 a.m., with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.
Working knowledge of: community mental health concepts and/or chemical dependency case management and treatment services; individual assessment, treatment planning and treatment protocols; mental health disorders and diagnostic classifications;
Ability to: establish positive working relationships with other employees, individuals and their families, other agencies, and the public; prepare concise and complete clinical documentation related to individual treatment and progress in services in a timely and professional manner; work within a team and collaborate with team members; knowledge of and ability to act professionally with regard to a code of ethics and confidentiality.

Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; sits; stands; moves about the work area; climbs 1 floor of stairs; operates a keyboard; lifts, pushes, pulls and moves carts, and carries up to 10 lbs.; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; hears a normal speech level; may work in areas exposed to heat, cold, humidity, dust or household cleaning chemicals such as bleach or cleansers.


Additional Information and/or Attachments

Your well-being is important to us, and we offer a comprehensive benefits package. For those relocating from outside of Oregon, we provide the following relocation package:

  • Up to $3,000 reimbursement of moving expenses
  • Relocation bonus in the amount of $3,000 (prorated based on FTE) as a one-time payment upon proof of Oregon residency.
We offer the following retention bonus, prorated based on FTE:
  • $3,000 bonus after six months of continuous employment
  • $3,000 bonus after twelve months of continuous employment
We offer tuition assistance for employees interested in professional development towards a profession in behavioral health.


Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at

Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

Marion County
PO BOX 14500

Salem, Oregon, 97309
(503) 566-3949

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