Behavioral Health Specialist II, Access Team (On Call)

  • Deschutes County
  • Bend, Oregon
  • Dec 17, 2023
Public Health
  • Salary: $32.59 - $45.85 Hourly 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.

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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 1,100 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.

Deschutes County Health Services is currently accepting applications for an on call Behavioral Health Specialist II, on call Access Team member. 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 substance use disorder 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, by video, and over the phone with clients. Selected candidate 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. Duties may also include brief treatment interventions with individuals and families, care coordination with internal and external partners, and referral management. Potential to support the Crisis Team as well (this can be discussed at time of interview).

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide comprehensive behavioral health screenings and in-depth bio-psycho-social assessments with DSM 5 diagnoses for children, adults, families, and individuals in crisis who are seeking mental health and addiction services.
  • Prepare concise and complete reports and documentation related to client diagnoses, treatment, progress and services in a timely and professional manner.
  • Determine necessary levels of care, appropriate treatment recommendations, collaborative service plans, and provide coordination of care with internal and external partners.
What You Will Bring:
Knowledge of or experience with:
  • DSM 5 and differential diagnoses.
  • Clinical interviewing and documentation skills.
  • State and Federal Rules that outline compliance standards.
Skill in:
  • Conducting comprehensive assessments, with justified diagnoses and measurable treatment plan objectives.
  • Communicating professionally both verbally and in writing.
  • Working effectively both independently and in a team setting while also establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other employees, clients, other agencies and the public at all times.
We hope you will consider joining our talented team.

This position is located in Deschutes County and may be eligible for some remote work as allowed by policy and approved by the supervisor.

"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.

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$32.5877 to $43.6706 per hour.

$34.2171 to $45.8542 per 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).

There are no County benefits with this position. This position is available immediately.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Psychology, Social Work, Recreational Therapy, Music Therapy, Art Therapy or a behavioral science field; AND one 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. More information will be provided to candidates who progress to the final stage of the interview process. 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.

Preference will be given for :
  • Current LCSW, LMFT, or LPC licensure in the State of Oregon (without restrictions).
  • Knowledge and experience in working with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Necessary Special Requirements

The employment offer will be contingent upon pre-employment screening for criminal history and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). These screenings must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

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

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.

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 Countyoffers eligible employeesa comprehensive healthcare package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage at a minimal cost of $95 per month for employee only or $116 per month for employee plus dependents. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following1month 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, DeschutesCounty 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

Base Pay


Job Address

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