Behavioral Health Specialist II (Civil Commitment Investigator/Monitor) (Reopened)

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Criminology and Forensics Public Health
  • Salary: $5,648.42 - $7,947.91 Monthly USD

Job Description


Deschutes County Health Services supports over 400 staff in Behavioral and Public Health programs working to promote and protect the health and safety of the community in a broad variety of community based settings.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health (DCBH) is the Community Mental Health Program providing safety net and core clinical services for community members in Deschutes County dealing with mental health and substance use conditions. DCBH is also a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As such, DCBH relies on multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative, evidence based, recovery oriented services in behavioral healthcare settings co-located with physical health providers.

To hear from staff about working at Deschutes County Behavioral Health, please click HERE.

We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you’ll consider joining our talented team.

Deschutes County is currently accepting applicants for a Pre-Civil Commitment Investigator/Monitor (Behavioral Health Specialist II) with the crisis team. This position will provide clinical services and conduct clinical interviews with individuals who are hospitalized on emergency mental health holds to determine if they meet criteria for a civil commitment hearing. They will also supervise post-commitment treatment and services to children, adults, and seniors who have been placed on civil commitment. The Civil Commitment Investigator/Monitor will be responsible for advocating for clients’ needs and safety, ensuring the individual’s civil rights are being maintained, coordinating with treatment providers and legal professionals, developing pertinent treatment plans, and monitoring client’s progress. This position is based out of the Deschutes County Stabilization Center (DCSC). Duties will primarily be carried out at the DCSC and St Charles Medical Center. Position will receive on-going guidance and training from other members of the crisis team with expertise in civil commitment work. This position also helps to support the rest of the crisis team by providing crisis interventions and risk assessments for non-committed individuals experiencing a crisis, when necessary.

This is a weekday position with typical hours being 8:00am-4:30pm from Monday-Friday with discretion based on personal preference and program needs. As our clinic is open 24 hours/7 days a week, staff may be expected to work some holidays.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Complete clinical interviews with clients, perform mental health assessment, and evaluate allegedly mentally ill individuals.
  • Provide crisis and therapeutic interventions to individuals who are allegedly mentally ill or are in crisis.
  • Collect and evaluate records and medical charts; consult with medical and mental health professionals; and obtain collateral information from law enforcement, potential witnesses, family members, and friends.
  • Formulate case conceptualization and clinical findings, prepare hearing reports, and make recommendations based upon criteria outlined in ORS 426.
  • Coordinate and communicate with community partners as necessary.
  • Preparing concise and complete reports and documentation related to client assessment and services in a timely manner.
  • Providing post-commitment services for individuals who have been placed on a civil commitment, including individual counseling, monitoring terms of a trial release, connecting clients with resources, and other functions.
  • Outreach and communication with agency partners, health care providers, media, and general public.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:
  • Client assessment, treatment planning and treatment protocols.
  • Behavioral health disorders and diagnostic classifications.
  • Well-developed human relations, interviewing, counseling with interpersonal sensitivity and awareness of client situations and values.
  • Advanced knowledge of behavioral health principals, programs and policies including state and federal requirements.

Skill in:
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, clients and their families, other agencies, and the public at all times.
  • Writing skills to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Act professionally with regard to code of ethics and confidentiality.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.

*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

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$5,648.42 to $7,569.43 per month for a 173.33 hour work month.

$5,930.85 to $7,947.91 per month for a 173.33 hour work month for those possessing current licensure without restrictions from a recognized governing board in Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $95 per month for employee only or $116 per month for employee plus dependents, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.

Reopened until filled.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a behavioral science field;
  • AND one (1) year of experience in the behavioral health field;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the job.

There are registration/certification requirements under the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO) that apply to Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) hired by Deschutes County Health Services (DCHS). This only applies to QMHPs who do not possess current licensure or are currently pursuing licensure as an LCSW, LMFT, or LPC. Please see website for information on these requirements: .

There is no need to take action at this point. More information will be provided to candidates who progress to the final stage of the interview process. Registration and/or certification must be received within 14 days of hire date. Fees will be paid by DCHS if the candidate selected for the position meets the criteria for registration/certification..

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Current licensure without restrictions from a recognized governing board in Oregon as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
  • Experience providing crisis intervention.
  • Civil Commitment Investigation experience.
  • Experience working with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).

Necessary Special Requirements

Driving is a requirement for this position. Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

NOTE: Per OAR 407-007-0000 to 407-007-0100 this position requires a Criminal Background check through the State Background Check Unit/Orchards, which may also include being fingerprinted. These rules provide for the reasonable screening under ORS 181A.195, 181A.200, 409.027 AND 413.036 of the County’s employees to determine if they have a history of specific criminal behavior identified in federal or state law or rules such that they should not be allowed to work, be employed, or perform in positions covered by these rules. Please click HERE to review Criminal Records Check Rules. All offers of employment for this position are contingent upon the candidate receiving final approval from the State Background Check Unit/Orchards to work in this position.

Must have dependable transportation and be willing and able to drive throughout the tri-county area in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule when necessary, to meet client and department needs.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes Countyoffers eligible employeesa comprehensive healthcare package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage at a minimal cost of $95 per month for employee only or $116 per month for employee plus dependents. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following1month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, DeschutesCounty provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:
  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave
Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:
  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance
To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

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