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Behavioral Health Specialist 2
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Behavioral Health Specialist 2
Behavioral Health Specialist 2



Behavioral Health Specialist 2


$4,144.00 - $6,050.00 Monthly


Pendleton, OR

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Oregon Health Authority

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6/28/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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What you will do!

The Behavior Health Specialist 2 provides psychosocial services to residents in a 24/7, 16-bed, State Delivered Secure Residential Treatment Facility (SRTF), serving high risk/high profile individuals currently under the jurisdiction of the psychiatric security review board. The Behavior Health Specialist is the primary contact between the hospital, the SRTF, Medicaid/Medicare and other agencies responsible for the residents' care.

What's in it for you?

Collaboration with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year.

This is a full-time, permanent position. This is a represented position.

This position is located in Pendleton at 2585 Westgate.

Note: This position has a flexible work schedule. The number of hours may vary on a daily basis. Shift beginning and ending times may vary.

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity.

Duties & Responsibilities

Case Management/Consultation and Documentation: Psychosocial Education and Therapy

+ Interview residents to obtain pertinent information related to current behavioral and psychological functioning that includes considering cultural factors and conduct preadmission screening as needed.

+ Complete psychosocial histories and assessment of information from residents, families, community mental health programs and other sources. This includes admission mental health assessments and LSI assessments. Formulate diagnosis and participate in the formulation of diagnoses following completion of assessment.

+ Complete individual case notes on all residents for billing, evaluation and recommendation for treatment to the interdisciplinary team.

+ Gather and compile information regarding resident progress in treatment and make recommendations to the Interdisciplinary Team. Provide this information to community members if requested for placement purposes.

+ Facilitate Integrated Service and Support (ISSP) meetings by being in charge of the meeting to guide lay staff in the development of goals and time frames for each resident every six months and update following meetings.

+ Liaison with other agencies such as social security and Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization to establish benefits when residents first arrive at Pendleton Cottage.

+ Liaison with resident families and guardians to provide services

+ Conduct individual and group treatment as well as family counseling and education.

+ Document all services provided (handwritten and dictated) per facility standards.


+ Develop and implement resident behavior plans.

+ Lead evidence based groups and document resident progress, providing specialized counseling and therapy as necessary.(Meet with 8 residents each week for individual therapy)

+ Conduct individual therapy with residents based on their progress with their groups and Integrated Service and Support Plans.

+ Attend to resident concerns, questions and issues within established time frames and during times of crisis.

+ Establish effective community agency liaison relationships with various community mental health agencies, other OHA/DHS agencies, Veteran's Administration, the Psychiatric Security Review Board and other social service agencies.

Training/In-service/Staff meetings

+ Attends mandatory trainings

+ Attend IDT meetings and facility meetings.

+ Perform committee work as needed, in-service training and supervision.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


A Bachelor's degree in nursing or occupational therapy AND licensed by the State of Oregon AND three years of progressively responsible experience related to the series concept;


A Master's degree in psychology; social work; recreational, art, or music therapy; or behavioral health science AND two years of progressively responsible experience related to the series concept.

Note: Some positions may require qualification as a QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional).


+ Clinical knowledge, skills and abilities in working with persons with chronic mental illness.

+ Experience working with and creating treatment groups.

+ Experience working with and creating treatment plans.

+ Experience working with the Guilty Except Insanity patient population.

+ Experience working with patients on individual therapy.

+ Experience communicating with community partners.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications and most closely match the requested skills will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information


To apply, please follow these steps.

1. Complete the application. We will not accept a resume or position description in place of a completed application. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we do not review any attachments that we do not ask for.

2. The work experience and/or education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet all of the minimum and special qualifications listed above. If it does not, we are required to disqualify it.

3. Complete the supplemental questions. Answers to the supplemental questions must be substantiated with the experience you listed in the work experience section of the application.


If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.

Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test.


If you are an eligible veteran and wish to claim veterans' preference points AND you also meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the points will be added to your score. To receive veterans' preference points you MUST attach the following required documentation to your electronic application.

> A copy of your DD214/DD215 form; OR a letter from the US Dept. of Veterans 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 Veterans Affairs for the ten (10) point preference.

For more information on veterans' preference points visit, and select veterans' preference.


If you need assistance to participate in the application process, you are encouraged to call Karen Nixon at 503-947-4236 between 8:00am to 5:00pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday. TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900.

For technical support, please call toll free 1-855-524-5627, for customer service assistance.


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) includes most of the state's health care programs, including Public Health, Health Policy and Analytics, Health Systems Division, and Oregon State Hospital. Incorporating the state's health care programs within one agency gives the state greater purchasing and marketing power to begin tackling the issues of cost, quality, and access to care.

OHA strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. OHA fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

+ Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

+ $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

+ Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

+ Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

+ Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

+ Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

+ 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

+ Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

+ Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

+ Long-term and short-term disability

+ Accidental Death and Dismemberment

+ Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

+ Flexible spending accounts

+ Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.

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