5891-Mental Health Specialist II (HHS-Mental Health Children's Services)
Jackson County, OR - Medford, OR

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Pre-Employment Requirements and/or Preferences:
  • Provide community-based care coordination and supports utilizing the wraparound treatment model for children and adolescents who have been identified with multiple complex problems such as emotional, behavioral and developmental challenges.
  • Motivation to work in home and community settings, experience working with children with significant emotional and behavioral problems and their families, familiarity with wraparound model an asset.
  • Bi-lingual, Spanish speaking preferred.
  • Transcripts must be submitted in order to meet the educational requirements of this posting.
  • Must pass a criminal background 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:

Definition: Under supervision, to assess and evaluate client eligibility for mental health services; perform crisis services and individual and group counseling; perform involuntary commitment services; and other related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: This is the second level classification in the Mental Health Specialist series. Employees at this level perform many of the same tasks performed at the lower level with additional and greater depth of responsibilities, such as coordination of subprograms as well as an element of a mental health program, more direct involvement with crisis services and involuntary commitment services, more complex consultation to agencies, and writing of reports and records. May provide basic technical and functional guidance to lower level staff. Employees receive direction and guidance from higher level positions.

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 screening, evaluation and eligibility determination, crisis intervention, case management services and/or involuntary commitment services.
  • Develop and/or coordinate client treatment plans and services; assess client problems and make referrals; schedule some client appointments for various services; transport clients; assist clients complete forms.
  • Conduct home visits; provide guidance to individuals and groups; provide education, skills training, outreach and support to clients and families as necessary.
  • Provide in depth consultation, education, information and resource advocacy to agencies in the community which routinely come in contact with individuals in crisis.
  • Maintain liaison with key community agencies that serve people with mental health problems and developmental disabilities, as assigned.
  • Prepare and maintain required records, progress notes and files; prepare reports as needed.
  • May coordinate a subprogram; assist with program planning activities, designing program services and coordinating activities with assigned staff, coordinate an element of a mental health program.
  • May provide guidance and direction to lower level positions for clarifying, interpreting and problem solving moderately complex issues; may provide training or orientation to lower level employees.
Auxiliary Duties: (The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered the principal job duties.)
  • Serve on committees; performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: A combination of education and experience equivalent to the completion of a Bachelors degree in social work, psychology, nursing or related field. Three years progressively responsible experience in the delivery of mental health and/or social 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. 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.

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 www.jacksoncounty.org or call 541-774-6036.

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