Behavioral Health Specialist II, School Based Health Center

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Jan 28, 2023
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: 5,410 USD

Job Description

Deschutes County Health Services supports over 400 staff in Behavioral and Public Health programs working to promote and protect the health and safety of the community in a broad variety of community based settings.

Deschutes County Behavioral Health (DCBH) is the Community Mental Health Program providing safety net and core clinical services for community members in Deschutes County dealing with mental health and substance use conditions. DCBH is also a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). As such, DCBH relies on multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative, evidence based, recovery oriented services in behavioral healthcare settings co-located with physical health providers.

To hear from staff about working at Deschutes County Behavioral Health, please click HERE.


We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you’ll consider joining our talented team.

As a part of the Behavioral Health Specialist II, School Based Health team, you will have the opportunity to provide various intensive outpatient services to a diverse group of children, teens, and families seeking both mental health and addiction services. This includes individuals with a variety of diagnoses or experiences including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, attachment issues, ADHD, PTSD, Bi-polar disorder, substance abuse and psychosis. In addition to being skilled at providing individual counseling with children and teens, a successful candidate is one who is willing and able to provide integrated health interventions, family focused treatment services, case management services, lead therapy groups, and work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

This position works within School Based Health Clinics, on site at higher needs schools in the community. In this position, you will work closely with the schools and medical providers at these sites to provide intensive services to youth in the North County Communities. You will also work closely with other DCBH teams, including WRAP, YAT, and other intensive youth services programs. Services will be provided face-to-face, via video, and over the phone with clients.

Typical schedule is Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM, though an adjusted work schedule can be discussed. This position is primarily located in Redmond and Sisters, however travel to locations in Deschutes County may be required to meet department needs.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Providing direct and indirect behavioral health services to youth and families within a school based health center.
  • Prepare comprehensive assessments and provide community-based intensive services.
  • Behavioral Health treatment for children and families.
  • Coordination with Schools and medical providers.
  • Collaboration with DCBH teams.
Knowledge of or experience with:
  • Preparing concise and complete reports and documentation related to client treatment, progress and services in a timely and professional manner.
  • Screening, assessing and diagnosing clients for services.
  • Working effectively both independently and in a team setting.
Skill in:
  • Effective communication both verbally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, clients and their families, other agencies, and the public at all times.
  • Acting professionally with regard to code of ethics and confidentiality.
*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

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$5,410.49 to $7,250.59 per month for a 172.67 hour work month.

$5,681.03 to $7,613.12 per month for a 172.67 hour work month 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).

Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.

Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities. Please click HERE for full benefit details.

This posting has been extended until filled.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a behavioral science field;
  • AND one (1) year of experience in the behavioral health field;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the job.
There are registration/certification requirements under the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO) that apply to Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) hired by Deschutes County Health Services (DCHS). This only applies to QMHPs who do not possess current licensure or are currently pursuing licensure as an LCSW, LMFT, or LPC. Please see website for information on these requirements: .

There is no need to take action at this point. Registration and/or certification must be received within 14 days of hire date. Fees will be paid by DCHS if the candidate selected for the position meets the criteria for registration/certification. More information will be provided to candidates who progress to the final stage of the interview process.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in a behavioral health field with two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in providing counseling and casework services.
  • 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).
  • Familiarity with the WRAP-Around and Other Intensive youth services programs.
  • Experience in Integrated Behavioral Health and Medical Care programs.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

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 have dependable transportation and be willing and able to drive throughout the tri-county area in sometimes adverse weather conditions.

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

Deschutes County will comply with the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division Oregon Administrative Rule ( OAR 333-019-101 ) requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees working in a healthcare setting. It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent provide proof of vaccination status or request and be approved for an exemption based on legitimate medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs ( for detailed information on exceptions, please review section (4), (A) and (B) ) by October 18, 2021 or their date of hire, whichever is later. Deschutes County provides reasonable accommodation as required by applicable law, and those finalists seeking a reasonable accommodation from the vaccination requirement may submit a copy of the medical or religious exemption form as prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority in order to certify the reasons for requesting an exemption. There is no need to take action at this point. More information will be provided to candidates that progress to the final stage of the process.

NOTE: Per OAR 407-007-0000 to 407-007-0100 this position requires a Criminal Background check through the State Background Check Unit/Orchards, which may also include being fingerprinted. These rules provide for the reasonable screening under ORS 181A.195, 181A.200, 409.027 AND 413.036 of the County’s employees to determine if they have a history of specific criminal behavior identified in federal or state law or rules such that they should not be allowed to work, be employed, or perform in positions covered by these rules. Please click HERE to review Criminal Records Check Rules. All offers of employment for this position are contingent upon the candidate receiving final approval from the State Background Check Unit/Orchards to work in this position.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:
  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave
Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:
  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance
To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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