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Behavioral Health Specialist II, Access Team (On-call)

at Deschutes County

Pay: $28.55 to $40.17/hour
$28.55 - $40.17
Posted: 9/20/2019
Job Status: On Call
Job Reference #: 2516119

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


Deschutes County Health Services is currently accepting applications for an on-call Behavioral Health Specialist II - Access Team. 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 addiction 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 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 will collaboratively develop service plans with clients. Coordination of care with internal and external partners is also required. 

*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 function.

Notification to all candidates will be sent via email only. Please check your email for recruitment information, and your account for application status. 

Additional information may be found online by going to the Deschutes County Human Resources website

This classification is under review. Changes to job duties and requirements may occur.


$28.5482 to $38.2573 per hour.

$29.9756 to $40.1701 per hour 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). 

Salary normally starts at the first step. There are no County benefits with this position. This position is available immediately.

This is an on call position with hours and locations that will vary.  Most services are provided in Bend, Redmond, and La Pine.

This position is open until filled. The first review of applications will be on August 5, 2019.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a Behavioral Science field with one year of experience in the behavioral health field OR a Bachelor's degree in Nursing or Occupational Therapy, licensed by the State of Oregon, with three years of experience in a behavioral health field. Must be registered for Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) certification at time of hire, and receive QMHP certification within two years of date of hire. Additional information concerning QMHP registration and certification can be found at

Preference will be given for:

  • Current LCSW, LMFT, or LPC licensure in the State of Oregon.
  • Experience working with children, adults, and families.
  • Experience with short-term treatment therapy.
  • Experience with evidence-based models of behavioral health assessments.
  • Experience providing addictions assessments.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.
Must have a demonstrated ability to:
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments.
  • Establish working diagnoses and treatment plans.
  • Prepare concise and complete reports and documentation related to client diagnoses, 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 registered for Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) certification in the state of Oregon at time of hire, and receive QMHP certification within two years of date of hire. Additional information concerning QMHP registration and certification can be found at

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

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.