Behavioral Health Specialist II Licensed, Access Team

Deschutes County
May 18, 2023
Bend, OR
Job Type


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.

Come join our dynamic team of clinicians who have a passion for diagnostics, short-term interventions and helping people get connected to services. The Behavioral Health Specialist II Licensed, Access Team will primarily manage referrals from our Crisis team. This unique liaison role will support our crisis team to ensure clients are able to more rapidly get into treatment with less steps involved and linked to community resources. This position will primarily provide behavioral health screenings and in-depth bio-psycho-social assessments with DSM 5 diagnoses for children, adults, and families seeking mental health and substance use disorder services. Screenings and assessments are conducted for all types of presenting concerns, including but not limited to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, and alcohol/drug abuse.

Services will be provided face-to-face, by video, and over the phone with clients. Incumbent will also use psychometric tools to determine necessary levels of care, will need to provide appropriate treatment recommendations, and collaboratively develop service plans with clients. Duties may also include brief treatment interventions with individuals and families and carrying a small caseload of clients. Coordination of care with internal and external partners is also required.

This position is primarily located in Bend, though travel to clinic sites in Redmond and La Pine may be required, this can be discussed further.

Typical schedule is Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, though an adjusted work schedule can be discussed.

This position may be eligible for some remote work as allowed by policy and approved by the supervisor.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide comprehensive behavioral health screenings and in-depth bio-psycho-social assessments with DSM 5 diagnoses for children, adults, families, and individuals in crisis who are seeking mental health and addiction services.
  • Prepare concise and complete reports and documentation related to client diagnoses, treatment, progress, and services in a timely and professional manner.
  • Determine necessary levels of care, appropriate treatment recommendations, collaborative service plans, and provide coordination of care with internal and external partners.

What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:

  • DSM 5 and differential diagnoses.
  • Clinical interviewing and documentation skills.
  • State and Federal Rules that outline compliance standards.

Skill in:

  • Conducting comprehensive assessments, with justified diagnoses and measurable treatment plan objectives.
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Working effectively both independently and in a team setting.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, clients, other agencies and the public at all times.

*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.

Notification to all candidates will be sent via email and/or text only. Please opt in for text messaging or check your email and your account for application status.

Review the full job description by clicking HERE.

$5,681.03 to $7,613.12 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. 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 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.

This position requires 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).

Preferred Qualifications :

  • Experience working with children, adults, and families.
  • Experience with short-term treatment therapy.
  • Experience with evidence-based models of behavioral health assessments.
  • Experience providing substance use disorder assessments.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English communication.

Necessary Special Requirements

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.

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule when necessary to meet client and department needs.

Must have dependable transportation and be able and willing to drive throughout Deschutes County in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

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.

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: 5/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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