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Mental Health Therapist 2 (Underfill MHT1) - Child and Youth Mental Health Services

Marion County
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Mental Health Therapist 2 (Underfill MHT1) - Child and Youth Mental Health Services


$27.56 - $44.80 Hourly


Salem, OR

Job Type

Full-time Regular

Job Number



Health and Human Services


HHS - BH - Child and Youth MH Svcs

Opening Date


Closing Date

10/9/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit




Are you interested in helping youth and their families live vibrant and healthy lives?  Are you interested in being part of a positive and strength-based team working together to provide quality behavioral health services to our community?  If so, we have the job for you!


Our Youth & Family Services program in Salem is hiring a mental health therapist to join our team.  The prospective candidate will be working in both our Children's Outpatient Program and our Wraparound Program, providing individual and family therapy, conducting mental health assessments, Wraparound eligibilities, case management, and clinical consultations.


This is your opportunity to join a dynamic, diverse team that is dedicated to the MCHHS mission of creating a safe and welcoming environment where all people can access high quality health and human services.   We offer great benefits, LPC and LCSW licensure supervision, and we are a qualifying site for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.


Mental Health Specialist 1:  $27.56 - $36.94 hr
Mental Health Specialist 2:  $33.44 - $44.80 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


  • Provides Mental Health Assessments and Child & Adolescent Needs & Strengths (CANS) screenings for children entering protective custody. Provides annual CANS screenings for children in protective custody.
  • Provides individual, family and group therapy services. Completes intake mental health assessments, including screening for alcohol and drug issues. Completes and updates an individual service plan.  Obtains and maintains competence in all screening and assessment tools required by the county.  Provides case management and outreach services to clients.  Assists clients and families with developing skills to access community supports/resources and to advocate for themselves.  Assists with making referrals for services.
  • Provides level of care determinations and eligibility reviews for youth being referred to the Wraparound Program.  Presents cases at the System of Care Review Committee, which include eligibility recommendations.
  • Participates in individual service plan development in collaboration with the treatment team and other community providers.  Ensures the collaborative development, periodic review and revision of an individual service plan.  Provides service coordination to assist families in accessing formal and informal supports and services; facilitating communication between the family, natural supports, community resources, and involved child-serving providers and agencies; participates in team meetings at which strengths and needs are identified and safety planning occurs; and provides for continuity of care by creating linkages to, and managing transitions between levels of care, and transitions of older youth to the adult service system.
  • Completes required documentation and documents services to meet contract, administrative rule, and billing requirements and maintains acceptable level of productivity for these requirements. Expectation is that employee will strive for 60% of work hours on average to be billable hours with a minimum of 50% billable hours on average each month.
  • Provides consultation, training, & orientation regarding mental health and co-occurring disorders treatment to team members, student interns, and other professionals.
  • Develops a proactive safety/crisis plan; ensures intervention to meet safety needs of children.
  • Attends treatment reviews and discharge planning staffings at hospitals, residential centers and day treatment programs to develop discharge/transition plans for the return of the child to the community.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the 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

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.
  • Must possess, or obtain within 60 days of hire, CANS certification (05 & 6-20).
  • 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 full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule: Wednesday - Sunday 4:00 pm-2:30 a.m., with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.
Working knowledge of community mental health concepts 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; lifts, pushes, pulls, and carries 5 lbs.; moves carts weighing up to 5 lbs.; operates a keyboard; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; hears a normal speech level.


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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