This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Annually: $62,459.40 - $79,208.53 ; Hourly: $30.028557 - $38.081023
Clackamas County Behavioral Health has an immediate opening for an experienced Mental Health Investigator to conduct pre-commitment investigations and to work with individuals and their families to gather information and determine whether to recommend that Civil Commitment Hearings take place. The Mental Health Investigator will also coordinate cases through the legal system and prarticipate as an effective member on a diagnostic team of mental health professionals which helps determine placement for clients.
The Behavioral Health Division within the Department of Health, Housing, and Human Services promotes and protects the health of County residents. The Division’s services include treatment of chronic and transitory mental and emotional disorders, alcohol and drug abuse, gerontological, and adolescent problems. The Division provides counseling, care coordination, civil commitment, crisis response, jail diversion, and screening for specialty mental health services.
The Mental Health Investigator is oriented to performing thorough investigations so that services can be provided to individuals and their families to help determine if a civil commitment is needed or if the individuals should be referred to other mental health programs. Responsibilities include helping to ensure due process for individuals placed on a hospital hold and to make certain that their civil rights are not suspended wrongfully or for any longer than necessary.
Required Minimum Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
Preferred Special Qualifications/ Transferrable Skills:*
*For Veterans qualified for Veteran’s Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.
** A ”Qualified Mental Health Professional" (QMHP) means a Licensed Medical Provider or any other person meeting one or more of the following minimum qualifications as authorized by the Local Mental Health Authority or designee:
QMHPs must demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, cultural, social and work relationships, and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five axis DSM diagnosis, write and supervise the implementation of a individual service plan and provide individual, family or group therapy for the range of clients served. The person must be flexible in this work atmosphere as different job assignments are common.
Duties may include but are not limited to:
Working Knowledge of: Accepted principles and theories of human behavior, personality and development, and social interaction and development; techniques and procedures employed in diagnosing, evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior; principles and techniques of group and individual therapy; “systems of care” philosophy; principles of self-determination; person-centered planning techniques for populations served; standard clinical documentation procedures and requirements; principles and methods of community intervention; techniques of identifying and utilizing community resources; case management methods and techniques; rules, laws, regulations, and ethics governing the treatment of mental patients and clients; agency services and criteria for eligibility; office equipment, including personal computers and software programs.
Skill to: Apply social and psychological theories of behavior and personality to the treatment of difficult mental and emotional disorders and handicaps; assess imminent risk of dangers to self and others; diagnose, evaluate and implement a treatment plan and monitor the client's progress toward established goals; analyze and evaluate social, psychological, and physical factors affecting clients and their families; treat clients and their families in order to enhance their social, psychological, and physical functioning; communicate effectively, both orally andin writing; make formal presentations to the public, community groups, and other mental health professionals; work effectively as a member of a professional mental health team to diagnose and treat clients; keep accurate and timely records; apply principles of crisis assessment and intervention; operate computer software and other office equipment; establish and maintain effective relationships.
Incumbents work with varied socioeconomic groups, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, alcohol and substance abusing clients and their families.
Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 400,000 citizens.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division strives to provide excellent mental health and addictions services to Clackamas County residents who receive Medicaid and Medicare, or who may be uninsured. We offer services through partner providers located throughout the county. We also offer direct service through our Crisis Services programs.
Behavioral Health is a Division of the Health, Housing, and Human Services (H3S) Department.
Clackamas County only accepts online applications.
Help With Your Application:
If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or e-mail us. Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).
HOW TO CLAIM VETERAN'S PREFERENCE
Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.