Behavioral Health Specialist II, Mobile Crisis Assessment Team

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Aug 16, 2023
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $5,626.92 - $7,917.64 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 accepting applications for a Behavioral Health Specialist II - Mobile Crisis Assessment Team (MCAT) member. Crisis services is a 24-hour program that responds by phone or face-to-face. Services may include assessment, intervention planning, information and referral services. In addition, we provide brief crisis stabilization through individual or group treatment.

Successful candidates are required to live within a geographic proximity that will allow a timely response to emergency situations in multiple locations. This is defined as living in the Bend or Redmond areas and within 30 minutes of St. Charles and Redmond hospitals/medical centers. The requirement remains in effect for the duration of employment in this position.

This is a full-time position with a unique schedule working in several 24-hour shifts (including some Nights, evenings, weekends, and holidays) with multiple days off following. The position works from home responding to calls but can work in the office if preferred. Each shift rotates primary day shift, primary night shift, and float position that supports both.

Key Responsibilities:
  • This position will provide community based assessment and crisis intervention on the phone and face-to-face, in a variety of settings including medical facilities, jails, hospitals, the community, and office settings.
  • The incumbent will provide hospital liaison/coordination to children, adults, and seniors.
  • This position is designed to provide services in conjunction with emergency first responders such as law enforcement, medical facilities, and family members for people in crisis.
What You Will Bring:
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Work effectively both independently and in a team setting.
  • Prepare concise and complete reports and documentation related to client assessment and services in a timely manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, clients and their families, other agencies, and the public at all times.
  • Act professionally with regard to code of ethics and confidentiality.
*T his job posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and functions.

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$5,626.92 to $7,540.60 per month for a 172.67 hour work month.

$5,908.27 to $7,917.64 per month for a 172.67 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).

There is also a 10% pay differential for MCAT positions in addition to the standard salary.

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

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, 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 ( Download PDF reader) for full benefit details.
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 for this position:
  • 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).
  • Possession of Investigator Training Certification to provide Civil Commitment Investigations.
  • Experience providing crisis intervention services.
  • Civil Commitment Investigation experience.
  • Experience working with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).

Necessary Special Requirements
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.

Possession of or ability to obtain Investigator Training Certification to provide Civil Commitment Investigations in the State of Oregon within 30 days of hire date.

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet client and program needs, which include full 24-hours shifts, evenings, weekends and holidays.

Physical Requirements : Requires sufficient ambulatory ability to drive throughout Deschutes County and to provide face-to-face services in a variety of settings in the community, including but not limited to hospitals, jails, clinics, client homes, and community and residential settings within required response times. Must have the ability to work in an office that is environmentally controlled; possess sufficient hand coordination to perform keyboarding and data entry; arm/hand movements to retrieve work materials and operate a variety of general office equipment; and an ability to sit, walk, stoop, bend, kneel, reach, stand, grasp, talk, hear, see, and lift up to 10 pounds on an occasional basis.

NOTE: Per OAR 407-007-0000 to 407-007-0100 (Download PDF reader) 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 (Download PDF reader) 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.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month 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, Deschutes County 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

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