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Mental Health Therapist 2 - Civil Commitment Investigator

Company: Marion County
Location: Salem
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

This recruitment has been reopened for additional applicants. If you have already applied for recruitment #554-2023-1, you do not need to reapply. -New applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without further notice.

Marion County Acute and Forensic Behavioral Health is looking for and individual with experience or interested in learning how to conduct pre-commitment evaluations, investigations, and attending civil commitment court proceedings. -Investigators will be comfortable working with multiple agencies within the community including Marion County 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 individuals, 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. Additional responsibilities include providing consultation to mental health providers community members on issues pertaining to dangerousness and involuntary treatment; consulting with care providers regarding delivery of services and treatment plans for individuals under investigation or civil commitment; working closely with staff from other county mental health agencies, Oregon State Hospital, and residential treatment facilities to coordinate ongoing care and legal status. -
Our ideal candidate will possesses the knowledge and ability to interpret Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). - Work as part of a cohesive team, seek consultation when needed, and communicate 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. Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following Pre-Commitment investigations: - Investigates all Hospital Holds, Magistrate's Orders, and Two - Party Petitions, using collateral information and face to face interviews. Make recommendations to the court for discharge from hold or pursue court proceedings for a civil commitment hearing. Attends court hearings. - Provides consultation and training to hospitals, community members and agencies regarding the civil commitment process and procedures. -Understands and works within the constraints of their role as a Civil Commitment Investigator, as well as maintains professional partnerships and boundaries with hospital staff and community professionals.
Community Engagement: -Investigations will be conducted in, but not limited to the following locations: hospital and correctional environments, private residences, and community organizations. When in the community, commitment investigators will safely engage those under investigation.
Crisis Assessments: -Provide counseling by telephone or in-person to individuals in crisis and/or their families or concerned others. -Intervene with both children and adults presenting problems covering the full range of personal needs and include thoughts/plans or violence toward others, and major psychiatric illness. -Because of the wide spectrum of presenting problems, it is necessary to have a comprehensive knowledge of psychopathology and to be able to draw upon a wide range of therapeutic strategies in counseling. Mental health assessments are conducted in a variety of community locations; including but not limited to hospital and correctional environments and community settings. -
Assessment of Mental Status: - Perform independent assessment of mental status, diagnosis, level of functioning, dangerousness, and specific needs for services. -Screen individual for psychiatric hospitalization.
Planning Development: -Develop plan with an individual/family to address immediate needs and plans to obtain services. -If the individual is unwilling to seek services, make decisions regarding involuntary commitment based on dangerousness and ability to care for self.
Community Coordination: -Maintain current knowledge of, and contact with, community agencies in order to make referrals appropriately. -See that the individual gains access to the services they need, and do follow-up work as needed, to make certain that the individual's needs are being met.
Other job duties as assigned by your supervisor.

Response Level 2: In the event of an emergency, employee makes a reasonable effort to report to work. Employee may be required to perform duties outside of their regularly assigned duties. Employee may be requested to work an extended or flexible schedule. Staff at this response level must complete Incident Command System 100 and 700 on-line or in-person training. Requirements for the Position EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING

  • Master's degree in psychology, social work, recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy or a behavioral science field; OR
  • Bachelor's degree in nursing, or occupational therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon; AND
  • One year of postgraduate degree experience in the behavioral health field.SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be either 1) licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, 2) licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers or 3) credentialed or registered through the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO) as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) within the first 30 days of employment.
  • This position may be subject to the following: -Must not be excluded from participation in the federal health care programs (Medicaid, Medicare and other federally funded programs that provide health benefits); AND must not be excluded from participating in federal procurement (Federal Acquisition Regulation) and non-procurement activities (Executive Order No. 12549).
  • Must possess a current driver's license in the applicant's state of residence and an acceptable driving history. -Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business. -The policy can be found at: -
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check, including finger printing; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position
  • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
  • Marion County is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule: Flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.
    Working knowledge of community mental health concepts or chemical dependency case management and treatment services; individual assessment, treatment planning and treatment protocols; mental health disorders and diagnostic classifications.
    Ability to establish positive working relationships with other employees, individuals and their families, other agencies, and the public; prepare concise and complete clinical documentation related to individual treatment and progress in services in a timely and professional manner; work within a team and collaborate with team members; knowledge of and ability to act professionally with regard to a code of ethics and confidentiality.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS -
    Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; sits; stands; moves about the work area; climbs 1 floor of stairs; lifts up to 15 lbs.; pushes, pulls, carries items and moves carts weighing up to 10 lbs.; operates a keyboard, speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; hears a whispered level of speech; may have exposure to heat, cold, dust, smoke, noise, or chemicals; may work in areas that are uneven or wet. Additional Information and/or Attachments Your well-being is important to us, and we offer a comprehensive benefits package. For those relocating from outside of Oregon, we provide the following relocation package:Up to $3,000 reimbursement of moving expensesRelocation bonus in the amount of $3,000 (prorated based on FTE) as a one-time payment upon proof of Oregon residency.We offer the following retention bonus, prorated based on FTE:$3,000 bonus after six months of continuous employment$3,000 bonus after twelve months of continuous employmentWe offer tuition assistance for employees interested in professional development towards a profession in behavioral health.Up to $7,500 to reimburse for tuition, licensure and/or other educational expenditures. According to the Marion County Administrative policies regarding tuition payments. The policy can be found at: -Marion County Tuition Payment Policy 303 PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. - Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan. - Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education. VETERANS' PREFERENCE Applicants are eligible to use Veterans' Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015. - Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VETERANS' PREFERENCE
  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
      • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
        • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
        • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate. You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at Marion County is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Veteran and Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.PandoLogic. Keywords: Mental Health Counselor, Location: Salem, OR - 97308

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