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Mental Health Therapist 2 - Temporary

Marion County
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Mental Health Therapist 2 - Temporary


$33.44 - $44.80 Hourly


Salem, OR

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Part-time Temporary

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Health and Human Services


HHS - BH - Acute Forensic Diversion Svcs

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This recruitment will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified applications are received.  Applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible as the recruitment may close at any time without further notice.


We are looking for two experienced Mental Health Therapists to perform as Aid & Assist Case Managers working part-time (20 hours/week) with the Aid & Assist docket on a temporary basis. These are limited duration, temporary positions with potential to move into full-time employment. The Aid & Assist Case Managers work closely with the District Attorney's Office, Marion County Correctional Facility, Oregon State Hospital and the 370 Docket to monitor Marion County residents who find themselves with charges but may be unable to aid and assist in their own defense.  These positions are part of the Marion County Health & Human Services Criminal Justice Diversion program and take part in a collaborative team environment that includes members of law enforcement, the courts, and the 24/7 crisis center.

This is a Mental Health Therapist 2 position that may be underfilled as a Mental Health Therapist 1, depending upon the qualifications of the selected candidate. 
Mental Health Therapist 2:  $33.44 - $44.80 hr  (Non-exempt)
Mental Health Therapist 1:  $27.56 - $36.94 hr  (Non-exempt)
  • 20 hours per week, no benefits
  • Typical work days/times will depend upon the needs of the department and program. 
Mental Health Therapist 2:

Provides independent functional assessment and treatment of clients; 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 consumers and their families and/or to develop and implement specific services in the community.

Mental Health Therapist 1:
Plans and carries out recreational, social and skills training activities; performs case management and counseling functions with consumers 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.
Mental Health Therapist 2 and 1:
Works under the 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.  Mental Health Therapist 2 may act as 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 problems covering the full range of personal needs and include thoughts/plans or violence toward others, and major psychiatric illness.  Because of the wide spectrum of presenting problems, it is necessary to have a comprehensive knowledge of psychopathology and to be able to draw upon a wide range of therapeutic strategies in counseling.
  • Assessment and Treatment Plan Development:  Perform assessment of mental status, diagnosis, level of functioning, dangerousness, and specific needs for services. 
  • Create a transitional treatment plan upon return to jail from OSH for community treatment needs.  Provide full assessment and treatment plan for transition to other community providers as needed.
  • Maintain contact with Oregon State Hospital (OSH) Liaison to assist with discharge planning and developing community linkages for persons deemed unfit to proceed and receiving treatment at OSH.  Develop treatment alternatives to OSH for this caseload.  Evaluate appropriateness for community diversion and conduct risks assessments as necessary.  Provide education and training to enable individuals to reach standard for fit to proceed.  Collaborate with OSH liaison to establish financial resources and entitlements for discharge to the community and to assure completion of referral information for community placement.
  • Develop diversion plans with provider community. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community treatment providers. 
  • Work collaboratively within MCHHS and county residential system to develop placements.  Interface with jail and hospital staff in those facilities.  
  • Monitor resources to assure they are developed and maintained in the community for the success of the client. 
  • May transport clients to appointments as needed. 
  • Arrange intake appointment at community provider.  
  • Provide BRES intake assessments and coordinate case management needs with the BRES QMHP and Diversion QMHA.
  • Other job duties as assigned by your supervisor.
Response Level 2: In the event of an emergency, employee makes a reasonable effort to report to work. Employee may be required to perform duties outside of their regularly assigned duties. Employee may be requested to work an extended or flexible schedule. Staff at this response level must complete Incident Command System 100 and 700 on-line or in-person training.


Requirements for the Position



  1. Possession of a Master's 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.
  2. Mental Health Therapist 2 Only:  In addition to the educational requirements above, the Mental Health Therapist 2 must have at least one year of full-time, post-Master's degree experience in the behavioral health field.
  • Preference will be awarded to applicants with at least one year of full-time, post-Master's degree experience.


  • 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.
  • 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, including finger printing; 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.

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 weighing up to 20 lbs.; carries items weighing 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, etc.


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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