Mental Health Associate #225

This program serves adult male clients who are experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and behavioral problems This position provides coverage for a five-bed residential treatment setting for clients transitioning back into the community.

The Mental Health Associate position provides skills training, case management, and other services as outlined in a treatment plan.

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Location: NE Portland

Days/Hours: 40 hours per week working Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Pay/Benefits: Starting at $23.10 per hour plus Full benefits

Additional $1.00 per hour shift differential working swing shift hours. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides skills training, case management, and other services as outlined on a treatment plan.
  • Administers oral medications, following physician's prescriptions and hospital procedures   
  • Must be able to transport clients in a LifeWorks vehicle.
  • Coordinates services with other staff and external organizations such as government agencies, social services providers, and healthcare providers.
  • Assesses client's needs, limitations, and potential, using observation, review of hospital records, and consultation with parents and/or hospital personnel. 
  • Observes and interviews clients and confers with other professionals to evaluate the clients' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Meets standards for documentation and accuracy of work, client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness, and competency. 
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among clients, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement. 
  • Monitors clients in order to detect unusual behavior and reports observations to professional staff.
  • Encourages clients to express their feelings and discuss what is happening in their lives and help them to develop insight into themselves and their relationships. 
  • Counsels clients individually and in groups on concerns, such as unsatisfactory relationships, divorce and separation, child rearing, home management, financial difficulties and overcoming dependencies, mental or physical illness, and to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems. 
  • Guides clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • Organizes, supervises, and encourages client participation in social, educational, and recreational activities. 
  • Provides, finds, or arranges for job and/or school training.
  • Provides crisis intervention to clients experiencing difficulties.
  • Prepares meals and snacks for and/or with residents. 
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours for routine matter (urgent matters may require a more immediate response) 
  • May administer first aid only if certified, according to prescribed procedures


  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related behavioral health field or a minimum of 3 full years of mental health related experience. 
  • Requires QMHA credentialing through Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) upon hire. 
  • Experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for services and supports identified in an Individual Services and Supports Plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide psychosocial skills training, implement elements of a treatment plan, and provide case management services in compliance with confidentiality requirements.
  • Must be able to drive clients in a LifeWorks NW vehicle. Must have a current driver's license (out of state is fine) and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements.

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

Equal Opportunity Employer 

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