Mental Health Therapist 2 (Underfill) – Psychiatric Security Review Board – Relocation Offered

Job Description

  • Contract
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Temporary
  • Salem

Marion County

This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants and will remain open until filled. If you have already applied for recruitment #554-2024-14, you do not need to reapply. New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.

Marion County Health and Human Services is in search of an experienced clinician to work with Adult Behavioral Health’s Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) team. This team provides services to individuals who are diagnosed with serious mental health challenges and co-occurring substance use disorders who are under the jurisdiction of the PSRB.

A Mental Health Specialist on this team provides individual and group therapy, case management, and supervision and monitoring for individuals in order to support them in living their best lives. An ideal candidate would have the ability to come from a person-centered perspective while working with individuals who are mandated to engage in services, have strong mental health and risk assessment skills, be detail oriented, and be a collaborative team member.

We offer the following recruitment bonus, prorated based on FTE:

  • $2,000 bonus for employees new to Marion County starting on January 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. Bonus will be included in employee’s first paycheck.

For those relocating from outside of Oregon, we provide the following relocation package:

  • Up to $3,000 reimbursement of moving expenses
  • Relocation bonus in the amount of $3,000 (prorated based on FTE) as a one-time payment upon proof of Oregon residency.

Mental Health Therapist 1: $27.56 – $36.94 hr
Mental Health Therapist 2: $33.44 – $44.80 hr

Mental Health Therapist 2:
Provide assessments and treatment of individuals and families, including groups; provides crisis assessment and intervention services and related duties as required. Primary responsibility of this class is to provide assessment and treatment services; crisis intervention, and treatment services, including intensive services, to individuals and their families with complex needs and diagnoses and/or to develop and implement specific services in the community.

Mental Health Therapist 1:
Plans and carries out recreational, social and skills training activities; performs case management and counseling functions with Adults in Custody (AIC); facilitates counseling and/or skills training groups; performs related duties as required. Primary responsibility of this class is case management and counseling, without responsibility for developing and implementing specific programs in the community.


Mental Health Therapist 2 and 1:

Works under the supervision of a supervisor who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews the results obtained for overall effectiveness.


Mental Health Therapist 2 and 1:

Supervision of others is not a responsibility of positions in this classification. Crisis Clinician 2 may act as Clinical Supervisor designee when needed. May assist in the supervision of practicum students and/or volunteers.

Typical Duties – Duties include, but are not limited to the following

Provide behavioral health services to individuals with qualifying mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders who are under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) on Guilty Except for Inanity (GEI) and Extremely Dangerous commitments. Duties include:

PSRB Supervision & Monitoring

  • Conduct community risk assessments to determine individuals’ risk, eligibility and appropriateness for services, and develop conditional release plans to mitigate risk for individuals in the Oregon State Hospital, jail, courts, and other community agencies.
  • Prepare risk assessments and other documentation necessary for community release and placement.
  • Provide PSRB supervision and monitoring, per the PSRB’s policies and procedures, to ensure individuals are in compliance with their conditional release orders and able to be safety managed in the community.
  • Conduct home visits and have regular in person case monitor meetings as indicated by individuals’ community release agreements and as clinically necessary in order to assess for warning signs, symptom increased, and other signs of psychiatric decompensation.
  • Assess risk and create and implement safety plans to mitigate risk.
  • Provide timely communication to the PSRB regarding changes to individuals’ psychiatric status, medications, living environment, adherence to medication regimen, etc., and provide immediate communication to the PSRB regarding serious incidents.
  • Prepare and submit monthly progress reports to the PSRB.
  • Complete and submit other PSRB related paperwork, as necessary.
  • Testify at PSRB hearings.


  • Provide individual and group therapy to individuals using a variety of evidence-based practices as clinically indicated, which may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPI), and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Works independently to provide crisis assessment and specific intervention services, including development of safety/crisis plans and suicide and self-harm risk assessments.

Case Management & Consultation

  • Determine individual service needs and appropriateness of services.
  • Provide case management, including community-based services, making referrals, and coordinating with other agencies to obtain services and resources, benefits, and entitlements.
  • Maintain communication and positive and collaborative relationships with community partners, including the PSRB, I/DD Services, PTCN, licensed care providers, and other entities that provide services to individuals served by this team.
  • Provide individual case specific consultation to family members, providers, and community partners, which may include recommendations for risk reduction.

Mental Health Assessments & Treatment Planning

  • Provide intake and annual comprehensive mental health assessments, including assessing mental health and/or behavioral symptoms using a variety of standard assessment tools, individual functional skills, determining treatment needs, developing individualized treatment plans, developing crisis prevention plans, and directing provision of treatment services.


  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical documentation in accordance with Federal, State, County, and treatment program requirements under the direction of the clinical supervisor.
  • Meets performance expectations for time and billing standards.


  • Participate fully as a member of the Marion County Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB) team as a supportive, reliable, positive, collaborative, and professional team member during the development of individual treatment planning, daily clinical team meetings, and client crisis intervention.
  • Work with a team of clinicians and supervisor for clinical supervision, treatment planning, staff and departmental meetings, and trainings.
  • May serve as a team leader.
  • May represent the agency on internal or external committees as requested by the supervisor.
  • May provide mental health and/or substance use disorders education and training to other staff.

*A Mental Health Specialist 2 may have a higher caseload and/or more complex cases than a Mental Health Specialist 1.

Other job duties as assigned by supervisor.

Response Level 2: In the event of an emergency, employee makes a reasonable effort to report to work. Employee may be required to perform duties outside of their regularly assigned duties. Employee may be requested to work an extended or flexible schedule. Staff at this response level must complete Incident Command System 100 and 700 on-line or in-person training.

Requirements for the Position


  • Possession of a Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a behavioral science field, or possession of a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and licensed by the State of Oregon, or possession of a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon; OR second year graduate students waivered as QMHP’s by the Oregon Health Authority.
  • Mental Health Therapist 2 Only: In addition to the educational requirements above, the Mental Health Therapist 2 must have at least one year of full-time, post-Master’s degree experience in the behavioral health field.
    Preference will be awarded to candidates who are LCSW, CSWA or eligible for LCSW. Qualified candidates will be eligible for licensure supervision if hired.

    Individuals hired as a Mental Health Specialist 1 will auto-promote, as noted in Article 4 in the Marion County personnel rules, to the classification of Mental Health Specialist 2 upon satisfactorily completing one-year, post master’s degree, of service as a Mental Health Specialist 1. (One-year of work experience is equal to 2080 hours)

    • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check, including finger printing; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
    • This position may be subject to the following: Must not be excluded from participation in the federal health care programs (Medicaid, Medicare and other federally funded programs that provide health benefits); AND must not be excluded from participating in federal procurement (Federal Acquisition Regulation) and non-procurement activities (Executive Order No. 12549).
    • Must possess a current driver’s license in the applicant’s state of residence and an acceptable driving history. Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. The policy can be found at:
    • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check, including finger printing; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
    • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
    • This assignment is represented by a union.
    • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
    • Typical Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 0800-1700

    Working knowledge of community mental health concepts and/or chemical dependency case management and treatment services; individual assessment, treatment planning and treatment protocols; mental health disorders and diagnostic classifications.

    Ability to establish positive working relationships with other employees, individuals and their families, other agencies, and the public; prepare concise and complete clinical documentation related to individual treatment and progress in services in a timely and professional manner; work within a team and collaborate with team members; knowledge of and ability to act professionally with regard to a code of ethics and confidentiality.

    Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; sits; stands; moves about the work area; climbs 1 floor of stairs; operates a keyboard; lifts up to 15 lbs.; pushes, pulls, carries items and moves carts weighing up to 15 lbs.; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; hears a whispered speech level; may work in areas exposed to dust, second hand smoke (outreach), noise, vibration or chemicals; may work in areas that are wet.

    Additional Information and/or Attachments

    We offer the following retention bonus, prorated based on FTE:

    • $3,000 bonus after six months of continuous employment
    • $3,000 bonus after twelve months of continuous employment

    We offer tuition assistance for employees interested in professional development towards a profession in behavioral health.

    • Up to $20,000 to reimburse for tuition, licensure and/or other educational expenditures. According to the Marion County Administrative policies regarding tuition payments. The policy can be found at: Marion County Tuition Payment Policy 303

    Marion County offers a generous benefits package to regular employees working 50% or more of the regularly scheduled work week and their eligible dependents. Temporary employees and part-time regular employees working less than 50% of the regularly scheduled work week are not eligible for benefits.

    Most regular positions in this classification are represented by Marion County Employees Association (MCEA). For a summary of benefits, click here. For a complete and detailed overview of the MCEA benefits package, click here, and select MCEA Benefits from the left menu or Marion County Employees Association (MCEA) from the page links. Regular and temporary employees are represented by MCEA.

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