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Attention masters-level mental health counselors, therapists, social workers, and QMHPs!
Are you interested in fostering hope, inspiring people to engage in their recovery journey, and supporting people to live their best lives? If so, we have the job for you! Marion County Adult Behavioral Health is hiring four mental health therapists for their Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team.

ACT is a multi-disciplinary treatment team that provides intensive, highly integrated, and community-based treatment services to individuals with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders. Services are designed to be provided in the most integrated setting possible to maximize independence, community integration, and recovery. The ACT team takes treatment services to individuals wherever they might be their homes, shelters, sidewalks, etc. To learn more about ACT, you can visit this website: OCEACT | Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment

An ideal candidate would appreciate diversity in their workday, enjoy being out and about in the community, believe that recovery is possible, and love working closely with a team! We offer great benefits, superb training, provide LPC and LCSW licensure supervision, and are a qualifying site for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.


Provide assessments and treatment of individuals and families, including groups; provide crisis assessment and intervention services and related duties as required. The primary responsibility of this class is to provide assessment and treatment services, crisis intervention, and treatment services, including intensive services, to individuals and their families with complex needs and diagnoses or to develop and implement specific services in the community.


Work under a supervisor who assigns work establishes goals, and reviews the results for overall effectiveness.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED Primary supervision of employees is not a responsibility of this classification; however, positions may act as lead workers as defined in the Marion County Personnel Rules (Download PDF reader).

Typical Duties – Duties include, but are not limited to the following
Provide behavioral health services to individuals with serious and persistent mental health conditions and co-occurring substance use disorders who are enrolled in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Services are delivered according to ACT’s National Program Standards, fidelity standards, and OARs, including using a person-centered and recovery-oriented approach.

Assessments & Treatment Planning 

  • Provide intake and annual comprehensive mental health assessments, including assessing mental health and/or behavioral symptoms using a variety of standard assessment tools, individual functional skills, determining treatment needs, developing individualized treatment plans, developing crisis prevention plans, and directing provision of treatment services.


  • Provide individual and group therapy to individuals using a variety of evidence-based practices as clinically indicated, which may include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPI), and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Works independently to provide crisis assessment and specific intervention services, including development of safety/crisis plans and suicide and self-harm risk assessments.

Case Management & Consultation 

  • Determine individual service needs, eligibility, and appropriateness of services.
  • Provide case management to include making referrals and coordinating with other agencies to obtain services and resources for individuals; and advocacy and brokerage on behalf of client to access community resources, benefits, and entitlements.
  • Provides individual case specific consultation to other providers and community partners, which may include recommendations for risk reduction.
  • Work on development of individuals’ natural supports.


  • Maintain accurate and timely clinical documentation in accordance with Federal, State, County, and treatment program requirements under the direction of the clinical supervisor.
  • Meet performance expectations for time and billing standards.

ACT Fidelity

  • Participate fully as a member of the Marion County Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team as a supportive, reliable, positive, collaborative, and professional team member during the development of individual treatment planning, daily clinical team meetings, and client crisis intervention.
  • Follow ACT’s National Standards, fidelity scale, and OARs.
  • At least 75% of services are provided in the community, including individual’s homes, hospitals, jails, licensed care, shelters, etc).
  • Participate in after-hours on call rotation to provide coverage to support to individuals in crisis and  provide consultation and coordination with other agencies and providers. Hours of work may include weekends.


  • Work with a team of clinicians and supervisor for clinical supervision, treatment planning, staff and departmental meetings, and trainings.
  • May provide mental health and/or substance use disorders education and training to other staff.
  • May represent the agency on internal or external committees as requested by the supervisor.
  • Other job duties as assigned by your supervisor

A Mental Health Specialist 2 may have a higher caseload and/or more complex cases than a Mental Health Specialist 1. 

Requirements for the Position

  1. Master’s degree in psychology, social work, recreational therapy, music therapy, art therapy or a behavioral science field; OR
  2. Bachelor’s degree in nursing, or occupational therapy and licensed by the State of Oregon; AND
  3. One year of postgraduate degree experience in the behavioral health field.


  • Candidates with post-master degree experience for positions within the Health and Human Services Department.


  • Must be either 1) licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, 2) licensed by the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers or 3) credentialed or registered through the Mental Health and Addiction Counseling Board of Oregon (MHACBO) as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) within the first 30 days of employment.
  • The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
  • This is a safety sensitive/special needs position. Final candidates selected for this position will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen, including testing for marijuana. The Marion County Drug and Alcohol Use and Testing Policy can be found at:
  • Must possess a current driver’s license in the applicant’s state of residence and an acceptable driving history.  Marion County will obtain a copy of the driving record for all qualified applicants from Driver and Motor Vehicle Services and review the driving record according to the Marion County policy and procedure for Driving on County Business.  The policy can be found at:
  • Must have a First Aid and CPR certificate and Bloodborne Pathogens training within 30 days of hire date.
  • This assignment is represented by a union.
  • This is a full-time relief position, which is eligible for overtime.
  • Typical Work Schedule: Monday – Friday, with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.

Working knowledge of community mental health concepts and/or chemical dependency case management and treatment services; individual assessment, treatment planning and treatment protocols; mental health disorders and diagnostic classifications.
Ability to establish positive working relationships with other employees, individuals and their families, other agencies, and the public; prepare concise and complete clinical documentation related to individual treatment and progress in services in a timely and professional manner; work within a team and collaborate with team members; knowledge of and ability to act professionally with regard to a code of ethics and confidentiality.

Operates a motor vehicle; sees using depth perception; sits; stands; moves about the work area; climbs 1 floor of stairs; operates a keyboard; lifts, pushes, pulls and moves carts weighing up to 20 lbs.; carries items weighing up to 10 lbs.; speaks with a clear and audible voice; reads a 12 pt. font; hears a normal speech level; may work in areas exposed to heat, cold, humidity, dust or household cleaning chemicals such as bleach, etc. 

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Here’s what some the ACT team members had to say: 

“Being on the ACT team is unlike anything else I’ve ever done. We meet people in some of the lowest points of their lives and empower them to build back a fulfilling existence. The work is rarely easy, but our team is incredible. I love how the ACT model has us all work closely together and focus our various skills for the benefit of an often-ignored population.” -Matt

“It is meaningful to me to be a part of the team that creates continuity and to increase positive outcomes with members of the community with more obstacles than resources. They KNOW ACT will be there for them, no matter what, no matter when.” – Sarah

“I enjoy working for the Marion County ACT Team because I enjoy supporting people with my lived experience and I enjoy supporting people to discover recovery and to realize their potential.” -Jason

“It is never boring, there is plenty of variety and you must be content with small victories. You do develop a close bond with individuals, the caseload is small and practical tasks that set people up for wellness and finding hope.” -Marlene

Apply today to be part of this talented, dedicated, and dynamic team! 

Your well-being is important to us and we offer a comprehensive benefits package. For those relocating from outside of Oregon, we provide the following relocation package:

  • Up to $3,000 reimbursement of moving expenses
  • Relocation bonus in the amount of $3,000 (prorated based on FTE) as a one-time payment upon proof of Oregon residency.

We offer the following retention bonus, prorated based on FTE:

  • $3,000 bonus after six months of continuous employment
  • $3,000 bonus after twelve months of continuous employment

We offer tuition assistance for employees interested in professional development towards a profession in behavioral health.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.


  • One of the following:
    • MEMBER COPY 4 of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215); OR
    • Letter from the US Department of Veterans Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension; OR
    • Certification that discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.
  • In addition to one of the above documents, Disabled Veterans must also submit one of the following:
    • A copy of their Veterans disability preference letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    • Certification that medical separation from active duty under honorable conditions will take place not later than 120 days after the submission of the certificate.

You can request copies of your military service record through the National Archives website at


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