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Mental Health Crisis Specialist

Compensation: $80,000 - $87,000/Year

This position provides evidence- and community-based mental health crisis support for internal housing staff and agency housing partners. In addition, this position will provide support and consultation regarding the participants being served.
Date posted: 11/30/2023

Job Duties

  • Provide mental health support for internal staff providing supportive housing services such as working through vicarious trauma, calming and boundary-setting strategies, understanding the manifestations of mental health, and confidential referrals for external, ongoing treatment if needed.
  • Provide all-staff trainings on mental health topics brought forth by the housing staff.
  • Build relationships with existing community partners to foster strong collaborations—including Clackamas County Behavioral Health, Mobile Crisis Team, and treatment centers.
  • Provide crisis stabilization services to help address mental health issues of program participants, including domestic and sexual violence and acute mental health crises, while accompanying housing staff to home and community visits.
  • Work with project staff in order to secure participant-focused mental health assessments and connect clients to ongoing mental health treatment service providers.
  • Conduct interviews with participants in order to evaluate their eligibility for mental health services.
  • Develop appropriate safety and treatment plan(s) with participants, with the goal of maintaining housing stability, if need be.
  • As needed, make professional assessments and/or provide screening and assessment services to all members of participant households.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff members to ensure that program participants maintain connections with the available community resources they need.
  • As needed, assess the individual and family constellation in order to determine any impact that mental health may have on the family dynamics in general.
  • As needed, prepare participants to transition into permanent mental health services.
  • If appropriate, provide mental health support groups for those who are transitioning from homelessness to being housed to ensure they remain stable and have the appropriate resources.
  • As available, provide technical support to smaller community-based organizations providing supportive housing.
  • Regular attendance is required.
  • Other duties as needed.

Job Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or a related field is required.
  • A qualified Mental Health Professional, as described by OAR 309-039-0510(12), is required. Licensure is preferred.
  • Experience providing community-based mental health services utilizing mental health intervention practices, conflict resolution, and family engagement/mobilization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community and social service agencies.
  • Have an understanding of vulnerable populations, particularly chronically homeless communities, the barriers they experience, and the common struggles of transitioning to stable housing.
  • Preferred to have an understanding of co-occurring disorders and the way substance use can exacerbate mental health symptoms.

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