Psychiatric Social Worker (Qualified Mental Health Professional)
Youth Authority-Facilities - Tillamook, OR

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The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) is excited to announce an opening for a Psychiatric Social Worker, Qualified Mental Health Professional. This position is part-time (75%) and is located at the Camp Tillamook, in Tillamook, Oregon.

The Qualified Mental Health Professional will provide mental and behavioral health treatment and services, under general guidance of a contracted psychiatrist, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner or psychologist, to offenders within the Camp Tillamook. This position will perform crisis interventions, assessments and develop treatment plans. It also supports and maintains a dynamic environment that moves youth offenders through a treatment process that promotes the acceptance of responsibility, healthy habits, productive life styles and socially acceptable conduct.

The mission of OYA is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth offenders accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

Oregon Youth Authority's core values are integrity, professionalism, accountability, and respect which provide the foundation of the decisions, actions, and practices that make up the agency's daily work. These core values guide and inform all that agency staff do to protect the public safety, reduce crime, hold youth offenders accountable, aid in their reformation, and keep them safe.

We value culturally competent staff to provide a continuum of services to our diverse clientele.

Duties & Responsibilities:

This position supports and maintains a dynamic environment that moves youth offenders through a treatment process that promotes the acceptance of responsibility, healthy habits, productive life styles and socially acceptable conduct by:

Administering assessment tools such as, but not limited to, Risk Needs Assessments (RNAs), Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivisms (ERASORs), mental health assessments, substance abuse assessments, etc. Assigns suicide risk levels.

Participate as a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) which oversees the offenders’ case planning. This includes, but is not limited to, monitoring behavioral and mental health case plan domains, long- and short-term goals, determining appropriate interventions, etc.

Performing professional casework in counseling and rehabilitation of offenders within Camp Tillamook.

Participating in weekly Youth Safety Review Committee meetings, case reviews and treatment team meetings as directed.

Working with team members and consulting psychologist to identify offenders with special needs and the development of treatment plans to address those needs.

Providing written reports and casework recording so that accurate, up-to-date information is maintained in the offender’s case file, medical file and Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS).

Maintaining ongoing contact with living unit staff providing information regarding status of offenders in crisis or on precautions. Recommends mental and behavioral health programming to address needs.

Conducting weekly treatment groups with offenders dealing with specific mental/behavioral health and/or correctional programming needs (e.g., coping skills, survivors groups, Changing Offender Behavior (COB), Aggression Replacement Training (ART), etc.).

Conducting weekly individual therapy with those offenders designated in need of individual therapy. May conduct individual therapy sessions on an as-needed basis for other offenders not designated as such. May also receive requests from medical care provider or nursing staff for offender to receive individual therapy sessions on an urgent basis or other acute interventions.

Providing ongoing information and feedback to offenders’ treatment teams to enable incorporation of mental and behavioral health treatment into facility goals.

Maintaining communication with those individual staff working with the offenders on caseloads for information and consultation. Acts as liaison and provides clinical consultation with staff on appropriate ways to deal with offenders who present with mental and behavioral health needs.

Providing technical expertise, advice and training to management, treatment staff and treatment service team in the professional delivery of treatment services.


This position is located in a close custody facility which requires, as a primary responsibility, strict adherence by each employee to security measures at all times to ensure the custody, control and supervision of youth offenders.

Staff is expected to be a positive example and roll model for other staff and youth offenders. The staff are to be supportive toward OYA and facility policies and procedures. Being a positive role model includes but is not limited to: reliability, dependability, regular and punctual attendance in order to provide consistent services and public safety, neat personal appearance, treating all humans with respect, and being a law-abiding citizen. Each employee is to provide a positive, affirming environment which values their fellow employees and the people they serve.

All OYA employees are expected to work using safe work practices and to follow all policies regarding safe work practices.

Qualifications & Desired Attributes:


To be qualified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional you must have:
  • Graduate degree in psychology; or
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing and be licensed by the State of Oregon; or
  • Graduate degree in social work; or
  • Graduate degree in a behavioral science field; or
  • Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy; or
  • Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and be licensed by the State of Oregon;


Education and experience which demonstrates the competencies to identify precipitating events; gather histories of mental and physical disabilities, alcohol and drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts; assess family, social and work relationships; conduct a mental status examination; document a multi axial DSM diagnosis; write and supervise a treatment plan, conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment; and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of practice.


  • Effective written and oral communication skills to explain complex issues clearly.
  • Strong organizational planning, research and execution skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize in a fast paced, programmatically complex environment.
  • Ability and drive to work in a team oriented environment where collaboration with all staff in divergent positions at the facility is imperative to the successful completion of the OYA mission.

Additional Information:

Applicants offered employment will be subject to a fingerprint-based criminal records check and pre-employment drug testing.

OYA is responsible for complying with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA 42 U.S.C 1997). PREA prohibits the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) from hiring, promoting, or contracting with anyone who has engaged in, been convicted of, or been civilly or administratively adjudicated for engaging in sexual abuse in confinement settings.

This standard requires OYA to conduct criminal background checks, conduct a check of the state’s child abuse registry, and make its best efforts to contact prior institutional employers to obtain this information.

For more information regarding PREA please visit:

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires correctional organizations to ensure that their employees are Tuberculosis (TB) free. All OYA employees are required to submit to a two step TB test which is currently the requirement of the CDC to establish a TB free “base line” or, rather than OYA conducting the test, employees may choose to work with their personal health care providers to provide the agency with medical documentation that demonstrates that they are TB free. If offered employment and you accept, OYA will offer you the TB testing and if you refuse, OYA will require the necessary documentation from your personal health care provider as a condition of employment.

If you are an eligible veteran and you meet the minimum qualifications, veteran's preference will be added to your profile. To receive veteran's preference points you MUST attach to your electronic application the following required documentation:

A copy of your DD214/215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. Of Veteran's Affairs indicating you receive a non-service connected pension for the five (5) point preference.
A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; AND a copy of your veterans' disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.
For more information on veteran's preference points click here, or visit , and select veteran's preference.

To apply you must provide the following:

Email addresses are now required. The State of Oregon is now requiring all applications to have a valid email address. If you do not currently have an email address and do not know to go to get one please refer to our Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's.

Completed application: The Work Experience Section of the application must describe how your experience meets the qualifications and desired attributes described in this recruitment announcement; AND an attached copy of transcripts if using education to qualify.

For questions about the application submission process (i.e., login, password/username resets, etc.), call NEOGOV applicant technical support line at 1-877-204-4442. For questions about the recruitment and selection process (i.e., supplemental questions, clarification of job announcement information, position requirements, etc.), call Sara McDowell at (503) 373-7383.

The Oregon Youth Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to selecting, training, supporting and empowering a competent and diverse workforce.
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