Behavioral Health Specialist II, South County

Deschutes County
May 8, 2023
La Pine, OR
Job Type



Deschutes County is accepting applications for a Behavioral Health Specialist II, SouthCounty team member. This position is responsible for providing in depth behavioral health bio-psycho-social assessments and therapeutic treatment with DSM-5 diagnoses with a primary focus on children, young adults, and families seeking mental health and addiction services. Providing services to adults may also be required based on community need. Assessments and treatment are provided for all types of presenting concerns, including but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, and alcohol/drug abuse. Incumbent may also use psychometric tools to determine necessary levels of care. Additionally this position will provide counseling, screening, case management, treatment, family education, and support in individual and group treatment formats to children, young adults, and families. Incumbents will work with children from pre-school through adolescence/young adults for treatment of a variety of mental health diagnoses. Services are provided primarily in clinic with some work done in community settings, including schools, face-to-face, telehealth platforms, and over the phone. Other duties include but are not limited to providing outreach and care coordination with community partners, medical providers, and other team members.

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

*This 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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Additional information regarding the position may be found by clicking here.

$5,410.49 to $7,250.59 per month for a 172.67 hour work month plus a 10% differential for those assigned to the La Pine location.

$5,681.03 to $7,613.12 per month for a 172.67 hour work month p lus a 10% differential for those assigned to the La Pine location 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 $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

This positing has been re-opened until filled.
Minimum Qualifications
Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a behavioral science field; AND one 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 fees will be paid by DCHS, if the candidate selected for the position meets the criteria for registration/certification.

Preference will be given for:

  • Individuals with a Master's degree in Social work (MSW).
  • 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).
  • CADC certification and/or experience providing addictions treatment.
  • Experience with short-term or solution focused treatment therapy.
  • Experience with evidenced-base models of therapy, such as DBT, CBT, EMDR.
  • Experience treating individuals with SPMI, bipolar, and/or PTSD disorders.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

Must have a demonstrated ability to :

  • Provide short-term or solution focused treatment therapy.
  • Use evidenced-base models of therapy, such as DBT, CBT, EMDR.
  • Treat individuals with SPMI, bipolar, and/or PTSD disorders.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments utilizing the DSM 5.
  • Establish working diagnoses and treatment plans.
  • Prepare concise and complete assessments and documentation related to client treatment, progress and services in a timely and professional manner.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Work within an Electronic Health Record system with advanced computer skills.
  • Work effectively both independently and in a team setting.
  • Act professionally with regard to code of ethics and confidentiality.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, clients, other agencies and the public at all times.

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.

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.

Computer literacy with strong typing and computer skills required.

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.

Deschutes County will comply with the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division Oregon Administrative Rule ( OAR 333-019-101 ) requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees working in a healthcare setting. It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent provide proof of vaccination status or request and be approved for an exemption based on legitimate medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs ( for detailed information on exceptions, please review section (4), (A) and (B) ) by October 18, 2021 or their date of hire, whichever is later. Deschutes County provides reasonable accommodation as required by applicable law, and those finalists seeking a reasonable accommodation from the vaccination requirement may submit a copy of the medical or religious exemption form as prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority in order to certify the reasons for requesting an exemption. There is no need to take action at this point. More information will be provided to candidates that progress to the final stage of the process.

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: Continuous

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