Oregon Health & Science University

Mental Health Specialist

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Mental Health
Position Type
Regular Part-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Psychiatry - Intercultural Psychiatric Program
Salary Range
$40.73-$55.91 per hour
HR Mission
School of Medicine
Drug Testable

Department Overview

IPP provides outpatient mental health care, including case management, group and individual therapy, and medication management support to people in Oregon whose first language is other than English. IPP has about 7 psychiatrists and /or psychiatric residents, 14 QMHA or QMHP- level clinicians (mental health counselors), and an administrative staff of four persons. This staff currently serves roughly 1,200 patients.

This position works closely with staff psychiatrists of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) as part of an integrated team model to provide comprehensive, holistic care for individuals seeking mental health services in a culturally sensitive environment.  This position adheres to the Oregon Health Authority Oregon Administrative Rules 309 as it relates to Out Patient Mental Health Services.

This position shall provide services as assigned by the supervisor in furtherance of the university’s missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, outreach and public service.

Function/Duties of Position

1. Direct Services

Provides direct mental health clinical services in a culturally-competent manner by providing evaluation, individual, group, family counseling, case management, and timely documentation of clinical services consistent with program standards and relevant OARs.

2. Patient Referrals and Intakes

Triages inquiries from potential clients, family members, and/or service providers (Primary Care, Emergency Departments) regarding the scope of treatment and services provided by IPP. Collaborates with medical providers in reviewing cases and scheduling clients for psychiatric evaluations and follow-up.

3. Assessment and Treatment Planning

Conducts initial mental health assessment including bio/psycho/social components, resulting in a DSM 5 diagnosis and annual mental health assessment updates. Develops and revises treatment plans. Assesses for risk and develops safety plans.

4. Documentation

Completes all clinical documentation in EMR including assessments, treatment plans, progress notes, and other required documentation for all services. Submits electronic charge for all billable services. Completes all periodically required insurance authorization documentation.

5. Interpretation

Provides cultural and linguistic interpretation services,, during patient-doctor visits. Verifies that both patient and doctor have completed required visit paperwork, including any required signatures. Assists medical provider and administrative staff in scheduling subsequent doctor visits.

6. Clinic Operations

 Participates in general clinic operations, including scheduling and arranging transportation for clients, responding to language-specific telephone inquiries, and other appropriate duties as needed.

7. Staff Meetings and Development

Attends and actively participates in required staff meetings, development activities, and utilization review. Attends required individual and group clinical supervision sessions with designated supervisor. Seeks consultation with psychiatrists other clinic providers. Provides mentoring and clinical supervision of student interns and students as needed. Keeps current relevant certifications/licenses.

8. Prevention, Education, and Outreach

Conducts prevention, education, and outreach activities as defined in county/CCO contracts to serve OHP members.

9. Research Activities.

May provide limited assistance to medical staff in performing research specific to the activities carried out in the Intercultural Psychiatric Program.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or another related behavioral health discipline.

Clinical licensure as an LCSW, LPC or LMFT.

QMHP's must demonstrate the ability to conduct an 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, cultural social and work relationships, and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis, and provide individual, family or group therapy within the scope of their training.


Must be registered as a QMHP with the Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) or hold QMHP-C Certification. Registered candidates must meet [OAR 309-019-0125(010)] standards for initial qualification for employment in State Approved Mental Health Agencies. QMHP-R (registered) candidates must register prior to employment and become fully certified within 2 years.

Preferred Qualifications

2-3 years of employment experience in social services and/or mental health field as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP II)

Experience working with immigrants and refugees in a clinical setting.

Experience delivering evidence-based interventions.

Knowledge of trauma-informed treatments

Additional Details


  • Two raises per year – One at anniversary date and one across the board annual increase
  • Healthcare Options - Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents, and $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Two separate above market pension plans to choose from
  • Vacation- up to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
  • Sick Leave- up to 96 hours per year
  • 8 paid holidays per year
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Additional Programs including: Tuition Reimbursement and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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