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Mental Health Specialist, Senior (B013)

Lane County

This is a Full-time position in Eugene, OR posted February 10, 2021.


About the Position

Duties include conducting civil commitment pre-commitment screenings and investigations pursuant to Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 426.070, serving as a director’s designee for Lane County pursuant to ORS 426.233, attending civil commitment court proceedings and serving as an expert witness that may provide testimony as needed.  Investigators will be comfortable working with multiple agencies within the community including Lane County Circuit Courthouse, District Attorney’s Office, local and state hospitals, community mental health agencies, jails, police departments, as well as serving individuals in the community.  Investigation duties include interviewing allegedly mentally ill patients, behavioral health staff, reviewing medical records, requesting and reviewing police reports, and conducting interviews with witnesses to determine if an allegedly mentally ill individual meets the legal criteria for involuntary commitment or other alternatives.  Drafts and files clear and succinct investigation court reports that captures evidence for civil commitment proceedings. 
May serve as liaison to state mental health offices on select projects; Provides consultation to mental health providers community members on issues pertaining to dangerousness and involuntary treatment; consults with care providers regarding delivery of services and treatment plans for clients under investigation or civil commitment; works closely with staff from other county mental health agencies, Oregon State Hospital and residential treatment facilities to coordinate ongoing patient care and legal status. Knowledge and ability to interpret Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) Chapter 426, Persons with Mental Illness, and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR), Division 33, pertaining to involuntary civil commitment within daily job duties. Works as part of a cohesive team, seeks consultation when needed, and communicates effectively. This investigator will be flexible and adapt to a variety of problems or needs, able to prioritize and have good time management skills, and able to do independent work successfully. Investigators often have to adjust to the need of the day or even the moment.  Experience balancing investigations with hearings, reports, paperwork, meetings, etc., remembering all the time frames, and how to get things done within those allotted time frames consistently is of upmost importance.

About the Division
Lane County Behavioral Health provides services to more than 1,600 individuals with behavioral health conditions.  We work with community partners to provide a continuum of care from prevention through treatment and aftercare in an environment that promotes a culture of resilience and recovery.

Schedule: Monday – Friday; 8:00am – 5:00pm

*This is an AFSCME represented position*

Lane County Behavioral Health is a participant in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program. 
Training:
Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a mental health field, psychology, sociology, counseling or a related field.

Experience:
Three years of responsible professional mental health or professional mental health crisis experience.

An equivalent combination of experience and training that will demonstrate the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Special Requirements:

  • QMHP eligibility
  • Transcripts
  • NPI            
  • Resume/CV
  • Diploma
  • Oregon Clinical Licensure is required at the time of  hire: Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Psychologist or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Notes:
This position is subject to a full criminal offender information record check. If fingerprinting is required, the fee is paid for by the successful candidate and the expense is non-reimbursable.  
 
Offers of employment are contingent upon consenting to and successfully passing a drug screening test; negative results are reimbursable.
                                                       
Please note that as part of the screening process Lane County will verify license and certification status.

Job Requirements:
Mental Health Specialist, Senior Classification

Equal Employment Opportunity
Lane County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace.  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.
 
If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act and would like to request an accommodation, you may request an accommodation during the online application process, or request an accommodation by contacting the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date at 541-682-3124.
 
Trauma Informed Care Statement
Lane County Health & Human Services is committed to providing Trauma Informed Care.  As an organization, we recognize that many of the people we serve have experienced trauma, either currently, recently or in their past.  Our agency is dedicated to incorporating an understanding of trauma, both with our clients and with each other.  Our employees receive ongoing training to develop or deepen their understanding of trauma and its impacts.
 
Veterans’ Preference 
Under Oregon law, armed forces veterans may be eligible for preference in employment or promotion, if you think you qualify please submit a copy of your DD214 or 215 (long form / Member Copy-4) that reflects your honorable separation status, and if disabled, a public employment preference letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These documents must be electronically attached to your online job application, at the time of submittal, to receive preference. If we do not receive the necessary information as described, we will NOT be able to grant you veteran points/preference you request.
 
Tobacco Free Campus Policy 
The Board of County Commissioners wants to help Lane County be the healthiest county in the state. Effective October 1, 2018, any tobacco use, including vaping devices, will not be allowed inside or on the grounds of properties owned or occupied by Lane County including: All outdoor areas, parking lots, County vehicles, and personal vehicles while on County property.
 
Strategic Plan
In alignment with Lane County’s Strategic Plan, incumbent(s) will be expected to demonstrate the following core behaviors: Passion to Serve, Driven to Connect, and Focused on Solutions.
 
The 2018-2021 Strategic Plan focuses on the areas that Lane County will pursue as a way to deliver on our vision for the residents of Lane County. To meet these challenges, we know that the basis of our efforts lies in leveraging our people and partnerships to achieve our Strategic Priorities. We also recognize that the quality and commitment of our staff is essential to a shared future where Lane County is the best place in which to live, work, and play.

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