State of Oregon Psychiatric Social Worker- North in Keizer, Oregon

Psychiatric Social Worker- North



Psychiatric Social Worker- North


$52,476.00 - $76,668.00 Annually


Keizer, OR

Job Type



Human Services-Seniors & People with Disabilities

Job Number



4/9/2018 12:00 AM Pacific

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) mission is the safety, health and independence for all Oregonians. We help Oregonians in their own communities achieve well-being and independence through opportunities that protect, empower, respect choice and preserve dignity. We protect children who are abused or neglected. We serve seniors and people with disabilities. We help low-income people along the road to self-sufficiency with health coverage, job preparation, childcare and other supports. Our services are delivered in the least restrictive setting and in partnership with communities. We are absolutely committed to ongoing innovation in the delivery of services, and we are committed to recruiting, developing and retaining dedicated employees. DHS is guided by our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Respect, Service Equity, Responsibility, Stewardship and Professionalism.

DHS employs over 7,500 people, in more than 100 locations around the state, and delivers services through and in coordination with many community partners.

Stabilization and Crisis Unit

SACU, which is a program of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), is seeking compassionate and dedicated individuals for a rewarding career opportunity assisting direct care residents living in local Residential Homes. There are over twenty community-based behavioral and medical homes located in the Willamette Valley area from Portland to Eugene, Oregon.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates and will be used to fill ONE (1) Psychiatric Social Worker/COAT North position with the Crisis Outreach Assessment Team. This position is full time/permanent located in Keizer. This position is represented by a union.

This position is represented by a union and also includes generous benefits.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Duties & Responsibilities

Interdisciplinary Team

Coordinates, leads and directs the work of the Crisis Outreach and Assessment Team including assessing crisis situation, client acuity, triage competing crisis calls, and leading communications with involved parties.

Leads team in coordination of client assessments and treatment. Leads the team in establishing proactive therapeutic relationships with SACU clients and identifying clients.

Leads team in establishing professional relationships with SACU staff offering mentoring and educational opportunities as identified by SACU Leadership Team and COAT Manager.

Individual and Group Treatment

May conduct individual and group treatment within SACU, as well as specialized counseling and education.

Psychological Assessment

Psychological and behavioral assessment of information from clients, families, community mental health programs, other collateral informants


Conduct on-site crisis assessment of client and leads Crisis Assessment Outreach Team's plan of intervention for each client.

Community Liaison

Effective liaison with community mental health agencies, Coordinated Care Organizations, Aging and Physical Disabilities, potential providers, public and private hospitals, legal entities, substance abuse treatment programs and other social service agencies.


Documentation of all services provided in the electronic medical record within prescribed timelines and using recommended format (Therap).


Provide formal and informal training to all staff, as needed.

Other Duties As Assigned

Working Conditions:

  • Extensive travel within assigned area; will work remotely at multiple Group Homes within the area.

  • Must maintain Oregon Intervention System Certification.

  • This position is on call 24 hours a day, Monday-Friday. Weekend on call is rotated.

  • Frequent contact with combative, unpredictable, argumentative, aggressive and developmentally disabled children or adults who are in crisis and who may be a danger to themselves and others.

  • Must maintain a valid Driver's License.

  • Frequent travel, at times in adverse weather conditions.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills


A Qualified Mental Health Professional at the time of hire.

NOTE: To be qualified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (OAR309-032-0450(26) you must have:

• Graduate degree in psychology; or

• Bachelor's degree in nursing and be licensed by the State of Oregon; or

• Graduate degree in social work; or

• Graduate degree in a behavioral science field; or

• Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy; or

• Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and be licensed by the State of Oregon


Education and experience which demonstrates the competencies to identify precipitating events; gather histories of mental and physical disabilities, alcohol and drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts; assess family, social and work relationships; conduct a mental status examination; document a multiaxial DSM diagnosis; write and supervise a treatment plan, conduct a comprehensive mental health assessment; and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of practice.

Successful candidates are required to obtain licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker within three years of hire.

If you are using education as part or all of your qualifications, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial). Transcripts must be attached at the time of application to receive credit for educational coursework.

A background check of the following will be done for all applicants offered a position: abuse history, criminal history check (this includes fingerprints if needed) and driver's license.

The Department of Human Services is a drug free workplace. All applicants will be subject to drug testing for Narcotics, Methamphetamines, Marijuana and other controlled substances. SACU receives funds from the Federal Government and though recreational Marijuana is currently legal in Oregon, federally funded programs cannot permit the use of Marijuana.

A valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record are required.

Requested Skills:

  • Experience with clients with co-occurring disorders – mental health, developmental disabilities and/or chemical dependency.

  • Training and experience to appropriately respond to treatment plan crises.

  • Demonstrates understanding of how to efficiently and effectively triage a crisis.

  • Has thorough assessment skills.

  • Experience leading a crisis response team.

  • Demonstrates skill to create and maintain relationships with internal and external providers.

  • Demonstrates the ability to work proficiently within an Electronic Medical Record (EMR).

  • Experience with formally and informally training staff on mental health education, positive affirmative skills and crisis response techniques.

  • Demonstrates understanding of how to lead individual and group treatment sessions.

Additional Information

The State of Oregon is now requiring all applications have a valid email address.

Applicant E-Recruit Help and Support:

This quick help guide can also be found on the State Jobs Page by clicking in the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ's then click on Applicant Profile Maintenance.

E-Recruit technical support:

Information on Veterans' Preference points:

Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Christopher Fisher, Workforce Recruitment Consultant:

DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

TTY users please use the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-735-2900 and ask the Telecommunications Assistant to connect you to 503-945-5698 (8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (PST) Monday-Friday.

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 DHS, 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.


The Oregon Department of Human Services is committed to affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and workplace diversity.

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.