5865-Mental Health Specialist III (HHS-MH Adult Services)
Jackson County, OR - Medford, OR

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Jackson County is looking to recruit, hire and retain the best employees!

Pre-Employment Requirements and/or Preferences:
QMHP required. Licensed QMHP preferred.

Knowledge of Evidence-Based Practices for Adults with Mental Disorders preferred.

Skills to provide assessment, treatment planning, crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, and case management services preferred.

Transcripts must be submitted in order to meet the educational requirements of this posting.

Must pass a criminal background/credit check prior to hire.

Must pass a pre-employment drug screen prior to hire.

Must submit an acceptable DMV certified court print prior to hire.

Job Duties and Requirements:


Under direction, to provide comprehensive evaluations and diagnosis and a full range of treatment services to mental health clients, and to perform other related work as required.

Distinguishing Features:
This is the advanced journey level in the Mental Health Specialist series. In addition to the responsibilities performed at the journey level, employees provide complex consultations, education, and training for staff or agencies and more comprehensive evaluations, counseling, diagnosis and treatment of clientele. Responsibilities cover full range of complex professional tasks. Employees possess a significant level of specialized and functional expertise not expected at the journey level. This classification requires that employee exercise independent judgment in performance of duties and work within broad procedural framework. This level is distinguished from lower levels by a high degree of independence, complexity, discretion and responsibility required. Employees may review the work of other clinicians or subcontractors.

Examples Of Essential Position Duties:
(The following duties represent the principal duties, however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned)


Provide comprehensive screening, evaluation and eligibility determination, crisis intervention, and/or case management services and involuntary commitment services.

Develop and/or coordinate client treatment plans and services; assess client problems and make referrals.

Provide complex and/or specialized individual and group counseling and therapy, education, skills training, outreach and support to clients and families as necessary.

Provide consultation, education, information and resource advocacy to agencies in the community which routinely come in contact with individuals in crisis; maintains liaison with key community agencies that serve people with mental developmental disabilities, as assigned.

Prepare and maintain required records, progress notes and files; prepares report as needed.

Assist with program planning activities, designing program services and coordinating activities with assigned staff.

May provide guidance and direction to lower level positions for clarifying, interpreting and problem solving moderately complex issues; may provide supervision, training or orientation to lower level employees, may review the work of other clinicians or subcontractors..

Auxiliary Duties:
(The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered the principal job duties).

Serves on committees; performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:
A Masters Degree in psychology, social work or behavioral science; and experience in the delivery of mental health and/or social services, including mental health assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning and oversight, and the provision of psychotherapeutic treatment services.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Requires a knowledge of the techniques and procedures used in evaluating, modifying and motivating human behavior; case management methods; rules, laws, regulations and ethics of mental health services and treatment; community services and resources; supervision and management techniques. Ability to assess status of individuals and families for services and needs; write concise and accurate progress notes and reports; coordinate treatment plan; provide basic individual and group counseling; maintain confidentiality; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; build and lead strong, cohesive work groups and teams.

Special Requirements:
(Performance of the essential duties of this position include the following physical demands and/or working conditions: )

Ability to work in an office environment; requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area to another; may require some moderate lifting, bending, reaching, kneeling and some climbing of stairs; sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements such as operating office equipment; may have slight exposure to communicable diseases and hazardous material.

License or Certificate:
Current and valid state driver’s license

Equal Opportunity Employer:

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. Upon request, special accommodations and/or assistance will be gladly provided for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory impairments. Because of the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, persons hired by the county must be able to present acceptable documents verifying identity and authorization to work in the United States. For a copy of Jackson County’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan, visit our web site at


or call 541-774-6036.