Free Virtual Training Opportunity! Register for the Re-imagining Behavioral Health: Race, Equity & Social Justice Conference

Sherronda Jamerson has invited us to attend the 4th Annual “Re-imagining Behavioral Health: Race, Equity & Social Justice” Conference.

This conference is a free virtual conference that will will explore the intersectionality of substance use disorders, mental health, and social justice.

The two-half day virtual conference is designed to empower individuals and teams who want to advance health equity and support diversity and inclusion in behavioral health care.  *CEU’s will be available for behavioral health care professionals.

This year’s conference theme is: “Breaking Barriers, Driving Change across Systems”


Thursday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (PT)

Friday September 29, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

*The virtual conference platform will be accessible 30 minutes before and after each day’s program. This time will provide an opportunity for all attendees to connect and network with each other.

PLACE: Virtual

COST: The conference is free to attend.

To register, please visit: 


OCEACT Nurse Trainer Position Open!

Want to join the OCEACT team? We are hiring an OCEACT Nurse Trainer to provide training and technical support to nurses that provide evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) across the state. There will be extensive travel required. Go to the Options for Southern Oregon website to apply: Recruitment (

$5,000 Hiring Bonus (Prorated by FTE) 

  • Benefits include: 
    • Family medical, dental, long-term disability, 403(b) plan with 6% match, and more. 
    • Generous paid time off policy.  (Annual accrual up to 208 hours – based on FTE status and available to use upon accrual).  Plus, 11 paid holidays annually. 
  • Bilingual skills a plus; Options pays a premium for employees who can conduct business in Spanish and provide certification of a language proficiency test approved by the Oregon Health Authority that meets a proficiency level of “High Intermediate”.
  • Position may be eligible for loan repayment– visit for more information.

Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm- may involve some evening hours depending on travel


Develop trainings specific to the role of the nurse on ACT teams.

Conduct assessments and develop customized trainings for onboarding new nurses for ACT teams statewide.

Provide on-site trainings which requires travel around the state to visit ACT programs. Training topics will include: setting up MAR, psychopharmacology, nursing interventions to treat common mental health conditions, health promotion, managing chronic comorbid health conditions (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases), community nursing, working with a pharmacy and medication management systems.

Collaborate in weekly meetings with OCEACT teams.

Collaborate with national partners (other state centers of excellence or training centers) – advise national partners on the training and curriculum developed for the ACT nurse role.

Conduct technical assistance calls for RNs statewide on a regular basis, such as monthly.

Develop relationships with nursing education programs statewide at the community college and 4 year nursing school level to help develop a pipeline for new ACT nurses (preceptor opportunities with ACT programs)- help community mental health agencies to develop workforce retention strategies, address worker shortages, especially in rural and frontier communities.

Assist in the development of continuing education curricula and ACT certification program for nurses, may include developing online learning modules, videos, simulations and tests for knowledge and competencies.

Participate in the OCEACT advisory committee meetings.

Promote the values of client choice and promote recovery oriented, person centered care, and shared decision making.

Provide trainings to new ACT programs implementing ACT as provisional providers regarding the RN Role which will include important training in the Role of the ACT nurse, medication management system, nursing assessments, interventions, and documentation.


Education and training sufficient to obtain Oregon nursing license.

Unrestricted, valid Oregon nursing license. Registered Nurse, RN, required.

Certified Personal Medicine Coach

Knowledge of state regulations regarding ACT nursing delegation.

Minimum of 2 years of ACT nursing experience is required.

Prior experience teaching and providing trainings to nurses or nursing students preferred.

The ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally is required.  Must be comfortable with public speaking and presenting information to large and small groups. Extensive report writing is required for this position.

Candidates must be able to use e-mail, compose documents, save and locate documents electronically, and learn to use our Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Proficiency in Word and other MS Office applications preferred.

Must pass state-required background and DMV checks; possess a valid OR driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. Candidate must be able to work independently and flexibly, under general supervision.

Options for Southern Oregon recognizes that in order to best serve the healthcare needs of our communities and fulfill our mission, we must learn, grow, incorporate, and value the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and in our lives.  We are committed to the continued development of an aware, diverse, and culturally responsive workforce and an organizational culture that is supportive and affirming for all staff and clients.  Options acknowledges that incorporating EDI principles in our practices is an ongoing learning process and we are committed to using our voice to effect positive change.  We recognize that making an impact on health inequities in our community will take more than just a statement and, to this end, our goals, planning, and actions aim to promote and develop equitable and effective health care services to reflect the needs of our diverse communities.

Options for Southern Oregon provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

ACT/FACT Therapist – Polk County

SALARY $30.17 – $40.46 Hourly
$5,229.00 – $7,013.00 Monthly
$62,748.00 – $84,156.00 Annually


JOB TYPE Full time DEPARTMENT Behavioral Health
OPENING DATE 08/07/2023 CLOSING DATE 8/21/2023 1:00 PM Pacific

This position is designed to be part of the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team which is a multidisciplinary team providing intensive, community based outpatient services for participants with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and co-occurring disorders.

As a member of the team, you would provide intensive outpatient level services while representing the values of Polk County Behavioral Health; client focused, trauma informed, integrity, respect and collaboration. Clinicians should possess the ability to provide services to individuals with a variety of SPMI diagnoses at different levels of acuity and will utilize a variety of evidenced-based treatment models and perform a variety of community based treatment services.
Your skills in quick problem solving, time management & communication, crisis support, and advocacy will be instrumental in your success within this role as you partner with your fellow team members, internal PCBH partner programs and other community agencies to facilitate clients’ success in recovery and achievement of their identified treatment goals. If you are passionate about helping others move forward in their journey towards recovery.

*Licensed candidates may be eligible for an additional 6% pay differential.
*Licensed MH providers who are also credentialed as a CADC may be eligible for up to 8% pay differential.
*This position eligible for a Commitment Bonus equivalent to 3 months salary with an agreement to stay with Polk County Behavioral Health for a period of at least 24 months.
This position may be underfilled with a MH Specialist I. Please refer to the classification specifications for details.

General Statement
Polk County, the Organization:
Polk County takes pride in knowing that our employees are what makes the County a great place to work. We have a strong desire for each employee to feel respected; connected to the department they work for as well as other County departments and the community at large; and know that they are critical to County business. We understand that work may be necessary, but not what should define each individual. We all have diverse personalities and interests away from the job, and at Polk County we encourage our employees to be connected to something bigger than work.
Polk County offers generous employee benefits including, but not limited to:
*11 paid holidays per year
*8 hours of vacation earned monthly (increasing with years of service)
*8 hours of sick leave earned monthly
*4-5 Personal Leave Days earned each fiscal year (Depends on position; prorated depending on date of hire
*PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) – 100% employer funded contributions
*Full health benefits with employee paying only 10% of the premium which covers all members of the employee’s immediate family
*Life Insurance – employer paid
*Qualifying employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness program
*HRSA/NHSC approved site for certain positions
Our Community:
Polk County is located in the Willamette Valley just an hour from the Pacific Coast to the west and an hour from Portland to the north. The population is approximately 87,000 and the county spans about 744 square miles, with two thirds of the western part of the county being forest. National protected areas include the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Siuslaw National Forest.
The County is part of the agricultural richness the Willamette Valley has to offer. In recent decades, the valley has also become a major wine producer, with Polk County being one of the best in the area. The valley is often known as the “Oregon Wine Country”. Polk County has over 25 wineries alone.
Polk County also houses the beautiful liberal arts college, Western Oregon University, and is only 30 miles from Oregon State University. Western was an inaugural winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. This award recognizes universities and colleges that have demonstrated the highest level of commitment and action towards fostering a campus community that celebrates all the many facets of diversity. WOU is one of the most diverse universities in Oregon and has a higher percentage of Latino students in the Oregon University system.
Please refer to the Class Specification for the full job description and minimum experience, education and training
requirements for this position.
Mental Health Specialist I
Mental Health Specialist II

Supplemental Information
** A cover letter is required. If you are a military veteran and want to apply for Veterans’ Hiring Preference, you must attach the Veterans’ Preference Form (available on our website) and your DD-214/215 and/or disability letter. **

Polk County is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities will be provided upon request.

Polk County (OR)

850 Main St.
Dallas, Oregon, 97338



Oregon Zero Suicide Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity

Oregon Zero Suicide Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity: Grant to Support Zero Suicide Implementation and Suicide Safer Care in Priority Communities (Due Aug. 13; see materials attached)

The Association of Community Mental Health Programs (AOCMHP), with funding from the Oregon Health Authority, will provide up to ten 1-year mini-grants, ranging from $15,000 to $35,000 to healthcare organizations or care coordination partners to support one of the following efforts:

1)      Zero Suicide Initiative Implementation Support: Support implementation of the Zero Suicide framework in Oregon health systems to reduce suicide risk for adults 25 and older. Health systems must have established Zero Suicide efforts in place.

2)      Safer Suicide Care Initiatives for Priority Communities: Support population-specific safer suicide care initiatives in Oregon health systems, care coordination partners, care facilities or community-based organizations focused for three priority communities: (1) older adults (65 and older), (2) adults with serious mental illness, and (3) veterans and individuals that have served in the military.

The funding period is August 29, 2023 – August 28, 2024. Mini-grants funds in the total amount of $270,000 are available through OHA Grant #SM083398 from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Zero Suicide in Health Systems grant.  Priority will be given to proposals that include equity and lived experience considerations to inform project implementation.

Given there are two tracks (Zero Suicide Initiative Implementation Support or Safer Suicide Care Initiatives for Priority Communities), there are separate Request for Proposals for each track. Attached you will also find a budget template and a workplan template. Organizations may use the attached templates or a budget/workplan format of their choosing.

2023 Budget and Budget Narrative Template

Zero Suicide in Health Systems Mini-Grant RFP. Track 1 Zero Suicide Implementation

Zero Suicide in Health Systems Mini-Grant RFP. Track 2 Suicide Safer Care in Priority Communities

Applications are due by 11:59pm on August 13. Applications and supporting materials should be submitted electronically to Maria Gdontakis Pos at AOCMHP (

Content questions may be addressed to: Meghan Crane, OHA PHD at

An informational webinar was held on July 25. You can watch a recording on the informational webinar here.


  • Information/application posted: July 11, 2023
  • Deadline for applications: August 13, 2023 at 11:59pm
  • Notice of Award: August 25, 2023
  • Project start date: August 29, 2023
  • Project end date: August 28, 2024
  • Final report due: September 30, 2024

ACT Behavioral Health Manager – Outside In

Position Summary

This Behavioral Health Manager- ACT position works as the leader of a multi-disciplinary Assertive Community Treatment team serving transition age youth in the Multnomah County Homeless Youth Continuum. 

Go to agency page to apply:

Essential Duties

  • Participate on treatment team providing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Individual Placement and Support (IPS), and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT).
  • Support program to comply with all Oregon Administrative Rules related to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) and follow recommendations of the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment (OCEACT). 
  • Support program to comply with all Oregon Administrative Rules related to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and follow recommendations of the Oregon Supported Employment Center for Excellence (OSECE).  
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of relevant treatment models.
  • Participate in outreach activities necessary to offer services and engage participation in a non-coercive manner.
  • Provide initial comprehensive assessment and re-assessments of participants, including mental status exam, DSM diagnosis, and clinical formulation.
  • Review and sign-off on Assessments and Treatment Plans, discussing clinical formulation as needed.
  • Execute treatment services consistent with professional judgement and licensure as identified on Service Plan, including individual and group counseling and skills interventions.
  • Participate in admission and discharge planning for any participant needing hospitalization or subacute level of care.
  • Provide advocacy and assist participants in accessing the services and other resources they need.
  • Participate in crisis planning and crisis intervention, which may include after-hours work.
  • Participate in the rotation of carrying after-hours crisis phone.
  • Collect treatment outcomes related to behavioral health counseling.
  • Assist in facilitation of team meetings and decision-making.
  • Provide supervision to program staff.
  • Serve as Liaison between RISE and HYC partners.
  • Assist in planning and coordinating program staffing (review of ETO Requests), including staffing plans during peak summer and holiday periods.
  • Support program to comply with all regulatory and funder expectations, including ensuring timely documentation of services and outcomes.
  • Complete administrative tasks directly related to Permanent Supported Housing program compliance.
  • Ensure effective coordination and access to shelter and housing services.
  • Provide holiday coverage, as needed, with other members of the team/program.
  • Adhere to all state and federal privacy regulations, including HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2, and to Outside In policies and agreements regarding confidentiality, privacy, and security.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Through knowledge of relevant treatment models including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Individual Placement and Support (IPS), and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT).
  • Knowledge and understanding of adolescent development, Trauma Informed Care, Stages of Change Theory, harm reduction and Motivational Interviewing.


  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and focus on data collection.
  • Ability to work with a variety of clients and diagnostic categories.
  • Ability to work with a diverse population and interact effectively with different types of people.
  • Good communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to support agency goals and the operational functioning of the Behavioral Health Department.
  • Ability to complete all required documentation and information input in a professional, thorough, and timely manner.
  • Commitment to continual learning and quality performance.
  • Ability to maintain professional boundaries and performance at all times.
  • Ability to navigate technologies used in this position including Credible Behavioral Health Electronic Health Record, MS Office Applications, and Windows Server.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to be insured to drive participants in agency vehicle and car share.

Preferred Skills

  • Spanish fluency


Education and Experience

  • Oregon LPC or LCSW.
  • Master’s degree in a human services field and meet State guidelines for QMHP.
  • Three years’ experience in mental health counseling.
  • Experience working with homeless or at-risk adolescents.
  • Two years post-licensure experience and able to be qualified as a licensure supervisor preferred.
  • Ability to supervise substance use treatment staff in the state of Oregon including:
    • Chemical Dependency counseling credential (CADC/MAC) or documentation of at least 120 contact hours of academic or continuing professional education in the treatment of substance use disorders.
    • Two years of direct substance use disorders counseling experience.
  • Experience with relevant treatment models including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Individual Placement and Support (IPS), and Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment (IDDT) preferred.
  • Able to be qualified by Outside In as a Clinical Supervisor  – including demonstrated:
    • Competency in leadership,
    • Competency in wellness,
    • Competency in oversight and evaluation of services,
    • Competency in staff development, and
    • Ability to implement provider policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of clinical documentation requirements.

Working Conditions

This job includes working in a standard office environment as well as a variety of community locations to offer community-based treatment. This means that the employee will meet with participants in community locations which may include the participant’s home, hospital, and other surrounding community settings. The employee will be responsible for transporting participants in a rented vehicle.

Physical Requirements

  • If in recovery, must be able to document continuous abstinence under independent living conditions or recovery housing for immediate past two years.
  • Must pass pre-employment background check. This includes clearance by the DHS Background Check Unit.
  • Standing, sitting, walking, on a regular basis.
  • Driving, climbing, balancing, reaching, kneeling, crouching, stooping and lifting up to 25 pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Regular use of hands and fingers to type.
  • Talking and hearing is required on a regular basis. 
  • Availability for after hours and holiday coverage rotation.
  • Must be able to climb stairs several times a day.

Go to agency page to apply: