Mental Health Therapist, Mental Health Response Team 153 - HIRING BONUS

LifeWorks NW's Mental Health Response Team is expanding! The Mental Health Therapists on this team will be providing mobile crisis response in collaboration with a representative from law enforcement, to people with behavioral health concerns. 

Clinicians will be co-located with a Deputy or an Officer from a partner law enforcement agency in a law enforcement vehicle.   Positions provide crisis intervention to people across the lifespan, including adults, children and families. Clinicians triage crisis calls, conduct mental health risk assessments, provide crisis intervention, develop short-term client centered stabilization plans, assist with resource linkage, and initiate involuntary transport to the emergency department (Director's Custody) when indicated for safety reasons. 

Days/Hours: Full and part time positions will be available.  All positions will likely include evening and/or weekend hours. Schedules are being finalized due to this expansion. 

Pay/Benefits$1,000 sign-on bonus for these positions. $26.88 to $29.04 per hour. Eligible for a swing shift differential. Benefits included for positions working 20 hours or more.

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Responds to emergency situations involving people experiencing behavioral health crisis.   
  • Provides on-site, community-based mental health assessments and crisis intervention as appropriate. 
  • Performs clinical evaluations and risk assessments. Formulates a diagnosis and develops a short term stabilization or safety plan to relieve the present mental health crisis and to provide a stable environment for clients. Notifies client and significant other(s) of clinical impressions and initial recommendations. Completes written narrative of evaluation and obtains necessary releases. 
  • Provides follow up contact as developed in the stabilization or safety plan.   
  • Provides consultation and training to staff, caregivers, families, and community organizations regarding mental health issues, addiction and behavior management as it relates to clients. 
  • Must follow the directions of the law enforcement officer to which they are assigned in regard to safety and security issues. 
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency. Actively participates in a minimum of four hours of training related to cultural effectiveness in working with diverse populations. 
  • Maintains awareness of community referral resources. Helps to build positive relationships with other community providers and provides coordination and appropriate referral services. 
  • Identifies situations involving domestic abuse or other family problems affecting clients' development and determines whether clients should be counseled or referred to other specialists. Follows through with mandatory reporting duties. 
  • Ensures that all necessary equipment for crisis response is always ready.   
  • Always maintains professional presentation in the community and responds to all situations / calls with a customer service attitude. 
  • Prepares mental health evaluations and reports for all client contacts. Maintains clear and concise records. Maintains case files that include activities, progress notes, evaluations, and recommendations according to confidentiality guidelines. Completes documentation in an electronic health records system in a timely basis.  Completes time and attendance forms. 
  • Checks email / voicemail daily / throughout the day when working.  Responds to contacts within 24 to 48 hours.   
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all staff, team meetings, consultation with other staff or community partners, and required trainings. 
  • Participates in briefings with the Sheriff's Office and maintains confidentiality of information discussed according to both LWNW and Sheriff's Office standards. 
  • Travels between sites and in the community.   
  • Assists staff members by helping to resolve difficult emergency situations and serves as back-up for other staff when needed. 
  • Meets performance standards for productivity, documentation (including progress notes, assessments, treatment plans and authorization requests), proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention), and teamwork as defined in the Performance Review. 


  • Strong assessment, decision-making and interpersonal skills are absolute necessities for this position 
  • Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a Mental Health related field required. 
  • This position requires a valid and active QMHP credential certification through MHACBO or a valid and active status (licensed or registered intern) with an approved Oregon licensing board upon hire. 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct a mental health crisis assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, social and working relationships and conducting a mental status examination; complete a DSM diagnosis; develop safety and follow up plans.
  • More than 1 year of experience preferred in a broad range of clinical interventions and mental health assessments with children and families or individual with severe and persistent mental illness. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively on a highly interdependent team, necessary skill sets include: initiative, dependability, flexibility and strong organizational skills.   
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain case management in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements as well as LifeWorks NW policies and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of community resources and treatment agencies enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs. 
  • Knowledge of medications commonly used by client population. 
  • Good computer skills including a functional knowledge of Microsoft Outlook and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system. This includes the ability to enter data and retrieve data and to prepare simple reports. 
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment. 
  • Requires valid driver's license and verification of safe driving record from DMV. 
  • Must pass DHS background check and Washington County Sheriff's Office background check.   

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to over 30,000 youths, adults, and older adults in 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. Core values include Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results. 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. LifeWorks NW is committed to advancing our equity and inclusion work with an emphasis on ensuring an anti-racist organizational culture and practice.  We strive to continuously improve the cultural competence and cultural humility of LifeWorks NW, its staff, and its services to clients and consumers in all aspects including race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and status, age, religion, veteran status, citizen status, and ability. LifeWorks NW creates and upholds a work environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. LifeWorks NW services are effective across cultural groups. 

Equal Opportunity Employer 

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