Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare, one of the largest community behavioral health providers in the state of Oregon, delivers whole health care -- integrated mental health and addiction services, primary care and housing -- to support our communities. Our approach is recovery-oriented and trauma-informed. Cascadia hires innovative, compassionate and dedicated staff who are aligned with trauma-informed care and who are committed to working effectively with diverse community populations, and who are expected to strengthen such capacity if hired.
This is a full-time position located in SE Portland as well as various residential facilities. The schedule is Sunday through Thursday day shift.
The Counselor II works as a member of an interdisciplinary team to implement and monitor treatment for consumers who are under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board and mandated to follow conditions of release. This position is with an intensive case management program that provides services to consumers in community settings including their homes. Services provided included, but are not limited to, monitoring and supervision of PSRB conditions and changes in mental status, risk assessment, medication assistance and review, skills training, assistance connecting with community resources, and social skills development. Some services will also take place in a day treatment environment whereby consumers participate in a variety of rehabilitative, case management and wrap-around services. The Counselor II must have the ability to creatively engage and develop rapport with clients while working independently in the community. Due to the community based setting strong risk assessment skills are essential. The Counselor II will also collaborate with clinic based staff to develop treatment goals and interventions. The Counselor II must have the ability to implement treatment services that are tailored to the client's goals. The Counselor II promotes a strengths-based, client centered approach to assisting clients in achieving individual goals that would support their achieving wellness and recovery and transitioning to the least restrictive setting given their capabilities.
This position description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the position. Management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.
Provide outreach to consumers' homes, including safety checks, monitoring, and supervising of PSRB conditions.
Support clients in developing and working towards treatment goals.
Provide skills training in areas such as self-care, coping skills, hygiene, budgeting, meal preparation, use of public transportation, community integration, social skills, etc., as directed by the mental health treatment plan in coordination with the treatment team.
Accompany consumers to and assist them during appointments in the community, such as medical, school counseling, social security, or opportunities for employment.
Assist in crisis situations as appropriate, following emergency protocols and procedures. Practice and demonstrate competency in avoidance preventing escalation to avoid crisis situations or to neutralize crises in progress.
Consult with clinic staff regarding client presentation and concerns.
Collaborate with community stake holders including apartment managers, landlords, medical providers, employers, and the Psychiatric Security Review Board.
Respect and honor client rights and responsibilities and demonstrate professional boundaries and ethics.
Document and maintain clinical records in a manner that assures compliance with all agency policies and procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Maintain accurate and up-to-date documentation associated with billing, assessment, treatment, residents' progress and other activities as required. Complete electronic medical records (EMR) using Cascadia software.
Adhere to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.
Complete annual employee training requirements on a timely basis as indicated in the licensing requirements for the facility as well as agency requirements.
Must stay awake on all shifts.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Role Specific Responsibilities
Administer Urine Analyses.
Due to the staffing requirements, may be required to work within the program and/or pick up additional shifts if the need arises.
A Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science field from an accredited college or university or three years of full time professional experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Must demonstrate the competencies to become credentialed as a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA), as outlined in the Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). Certification must be kept current and in compliance with the OAR's.
Experience working with severe and persistent mental illness is preferred
Specialized Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
* Ability to work independently in the community, providing skills training to clients
* Operate computer hardware and software at a level needed to effectively perform job functions
* Enter and retrieve data
* Prepare simple reports
Possess a valid driver's license, three year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course. Employee must be approved to provide transportation utilizing agency vehicles so that clients may access the community.
Activities and structure support community integration and assist clients in learning socially acceptable behaviors. When the need arises, staff may be asked to perform non-violent physical interventions. Staff must be approved to provide transportation utilizing agency vehicles so that consumers may access the community. Staff must also have the ability to assist consumers in participating in a variety of active leisure and recreational events, as well as skill building outings and accessing community resources.
Cascadia is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin or age.
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