State of Oregon

Behavioral Health Specialist 2 (QMHP)- Salem

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Oregon Youth Authority

Salary Range:

$5,108.00 - $8,351.00

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Position Title:

Behavioral Health Specialist 2 (QMHP)- Salem

Job Description:

The Oregon Department of Corrections is looking to increase their staff in their  Behavioral Health Services (BHS) unit. This exciting employment opportunity exists within the Oregon State Correctional Institution in Salem


These positions are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor union. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates and may be used to fill future vacancies.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) is to promote public safety by holding offenders accountable for their actions and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. DOC provides several levels of mental health treatment along with individualized case management. Behavioral health services are targeted to Adults in Custody (AIC) with severe or persistent mental illness. Short-term services are available to AICs who are not mentally ill, but who show high suicide potential, or who are experiencing other emotional distress.

These positions identify, according to specific criteria, all mentally ill and developmental disabled (DD) AICs within the institution, coordinate regular contact with AICs to conduct mental status examinations, suicide assessments, develop treatment interventions, behavior plans and risk management plans and provide crisis services.

The position is responsible for:

  • Initial identification/Assessments
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Case Management
  • Treatment Services
  • Records Management
  • Release Planning
  • Consultation and Training
  • Group Facilitation


These positions:

  • perform work inside an adult prison;
  • perform work inside a 24/7 facility, shifts may vary to include early shifts, late shifts, and weekends;
  • have contact with adults in custody during treatment/consultation, at times out of visual range of security staff;
  • are exposed to adults in custody that may become physically and/or verbally abusive;
  • requires vigilance and awareness;


Your application will be reviewed to verify that you:

  • are a Qualified Mental Health Professional at the time of hire.

NOTE: To be qualified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (OAR 309-032-0450(26)) you must have:

  • a Graduate degree in psychology; OR
  • a Bachelor's degree in nursing and be licensed by the State of Oregon; OR
  • a Graduate degree in social work; OR
  • a Graduate degree in a behavioral science field; OR
  • a Graduate degree in recreation, art, or music therapy; OR
  • a Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and be licensed by the State of Oregon; AND HAVE
  • 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 multi axial 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 their training.

It is highly desirable to have a Masters in Psychology, Behavioral Science or similar field.


  • 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; OR
  • 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).

The equivalent of one year of full-time experience (1,920 hours), which may include applicable internships, of the experience which demonstrates the competencies noted in the Qualifications and Required Skills sections.

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Case Conceptualization
  • Treatment Planning
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Behavior Management
  • Case Management
  • Relationship Building with Clients

In the Job History section of your online application clearly describe your experience as it relates to the minimum and special qualifications, required skills, and/or desired attributes. Be sure you demonstrate that you have obtained any skills or attributes requested or required by the employer through education, work experience (including military) or by showing that you have transferable skills (i.e., skills obtained through military education or experience) that substantially relate to this position.

Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration. A resume will not substitute for completing the work experience section of your application. Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents

Requirements for Employment

Successful candidates for this position must pass a Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) fingerprint-based background check and maintain CJIS eligibility. Due to CJIS requirements related to system access, the following convictions are likely to result in being disqualified for this position: felony convictions, computer theft, identify theft and fraud. CJIS clearance is done at the conditional job offer.

The Selection Process – We expect to

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications, knowledge, and skills.
  • Consideration of top candidates - Recruitment will review and refer the top candidates to the hiring manager.
  • There will be interviews and/or testing to determine the best candidates for a position.
  • Background check and reference checks - All finalists must pass a thorough a criminal records check and reference check.


The State of Oregon provides a generous benefit package, which includes family health and dental insurance, optional short and long-term disability and term life insurance – all of which can be tailored to individual needs. Also provided are fully paid retirement program, modest life insurance policy, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. Position may be eligible for Police & Fire (P&F) benefits through Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), as defined by statute.

Additional Information

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is embedded in the Department of Corrections core values. The department strives to be a model employer committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ensuring legal compliance, efficiency, and exceeding expectations to deliver the best public services.

We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran or protected veteran status, genetic information and other legally protected characteristics. The EEO is the Law poster is available for your reference.

ODOC is responsible for complying with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA 42 U.S.C. 1997). PREA prohibits the Oregon Department of Corrections from hiring, promoting, or contracting with anyone (that will have direct contact with residents) who has engaged in, been convicted of, or been civilly or administratively adjudicated for engaging in sexual abuse in confinement settings. For more information regarding PREA please visit: United States Department of Justice.

ODOC does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States.

Veterans’ Preference

Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference. Review our veterans’ preference page for details about eligibility. Please note – a task will be sent to your Workday account or email listed for the uploading of your military documents after you have applied.

Application Reference Number: REQ-


If you have questions about the position, please contact the recruiter, Naomi Beverly

Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice. The pay and benefits on all announcement may change without notice. Applications may be used to fill future vacancies.

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

You must have a valid e-mail address to apply for jobs with the Oregon Department of Corrections. All communication regarding your application and status will be done by e-mail. The application Work Experience and Job Duties section will be closely reviewed first to see if the applicant meets the Minimum Requirements of the Position.

This position may close at any time after 12:01 a.m. (PST) on the closing date noted.

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