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Behavioral Health Specialist 2 - Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)

Company: Oregon Youth Authority
Location: Salem
Posted on: May 27, 2019

Job Description:

Location: Eastern Oregon - OYA
Initial Posting Date:05/14/2019 Application Deadline:05/23/2019 Agency:Oregon Youth Authority Salary Range:$4,221 - $6,162 Position Type:Employee Position Title:Behavioral Health Specialist 2 - Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) Job Description:

Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) - Behavioral Health Specialist 2

Burns, Oregon - Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility
Do you have a passion for providing counseling and guidance services to youth? Join the Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)!
What You Will Be Doing:
The role provides mental and behavioral health treatment and service, under general guidance of a contracted psychiatrist, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), or psychologist to youth within OYA facilities, and to develop and maintain the treatment milieu for the assigned living unit.? As a qualified mental health professional (QMHP), your work will support and maintain a dynamic environment that moves youth through a treatment process that promotes the acceptance of responsibility, healthy habits, productive lifestyle, and socially acceptable conduct.

In cooperation with the Living Unit Manager (LUM) and unit case manager, provides leadership to their assigned living unit.? This includes participation and leadership in development of the treatment milieu, unit identity, staff development, operational logistics and the development/maintenance of a Positive Human Development culture.About the City of Burns:Burns, Oregon commonly referred to, as the gateway to the Steens Mountains, is a small rural town located in the south eastern corner of Oregon. Far from the wet coastline and forested mountains that characterize the state's western region, this high-desert country is full of volcanic craters, craggy mountain peaks, untraveled back roads and abundant wildlife. Residents in these friendly small towns come from farming and ranching families that have worked the land here for generations. Head to Oregon's high desert to discover a land of wild beauty and Old West welcome. To learn more about this great town, please click here or visit Harney County at http://www.co.harney.or.us/A Little About OYA:The Oregon Youth Authority is a national leader in the juvenile justice field, pioneering the implementation of a positive human development framework for its work with staff and youth, and using data to match the right youth with the right services. The mission of OYA is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.Please take a moment to watch this quick video about Oregon Youth Authority, our team and our culture?bit.ly/work4OYA. For more information please visit?www.oregon.gov/oya.What's in it for You?
OYA values our employees. We believe that your time outside of the office is as valuable as it is inside the office. We offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules and a competitive benefits package which includes:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family. Our employee share percent for our medical plans is only 1% or 5% - depending on the plan you choose.
  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation.
  • Vacation leave earned at 8 hours per month with the ability to roll over unused time across fiscal years with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments.
  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year.
  • We also offer our employees optional benefits ranging from life insurance to short and long term disability to flexible spending accounts.
  • A pension plan and an opportunity to defer pre-tax earnings for retirement, health care deductibles, child care, and transportation.
  • Grow your career with us - we offer unlimited growth potential in a variety of disciplines.
  • These benefits are just the beginning,?click here?to visit our full benefits website. Discover more?about working in Oregon state government by?clicking here.Additional Information:
    • Work Schedule:The work schedule for this position is Sunday-Thursday- 12:00pm-8:00pm.
    • Representation: This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU). DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
      • Assesses mental health and behavioral health needs of youth through the use of assessment instruments and tools designated by OYA and through clinical interviews to determine treatment needs and suicide precaution program levels.
      • Conducts treatment (groups or individual sessions) with youth dealing with specific mental/behavioral health programming needs and or on elevated suicide precaution programs aimed at crisis prevention and youth wellness.
      • Conducts behavioral health groups to remediate the youth's criminogenic risk factors.
      • Conducts individual therapy with those youth whose assessments indicate a need.
      • Work in collaboration with the (LUM) to develop work procedures to support staff engagement with youth.
      • Work in collaboration with the (LUM) to develop and monitor unit schedules to ensure that youth are receiving the services identified on their case plan.
      • Participate in community groups, one on one meetings, and other activities to model appropriate relationships and to allow for youth and staff to have meaningful participation in the program.
      • Member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) which oversees youth case planning.
      • Develops unit guidelines and protocols to inform the living unit on best practice approaches in dealing with trauma based reactions.
      • Develops and oversees the treatment programming model for the living unit ensuring it meets the youth's needs through communication and giving direction to the MDT and living unit staff.
      • Leads the MDT in the development of special programs, youth incentive or restrictive programming and ensures programs are balanced with appropriate treatment and skill building opportunities, restrictions, and are developmental in their approach.
      • Provides immediate response and intervention to youth in mental and behavioral health crisis, including immediate response to youth with Non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, suicidal/homicidal ideation or suicide attempts. WORKING CONDITIONS:
        • All OYA locations are tobacco-free environments.
        • Counseling and casework management is performed in a group living milieu.? This may involve the treatment of emotionally unstable clientele and the danger of physical assault is present.
        • Daily face to face contact with adjudicated youth and youth from the Department of Corrections who may exhibit hostile, aggressive or assaultive behavior.? This position is expected to enforce rules and to restrain youth during crisis situations.
        • May be subject to a hostage situation.
        • Employees are subject to recall during facility emergencies.?
        • May deal with angry and hostile family members and visitors.
        • Weekend, holiday, or evening work may be required.
        • Stand-by, or on-call duty may be required.
        • Travel to other OYA locations or to trainings throughout the state may be required.
        • There is potential exposure to communicable diseases.? The consistent and effective use of appropriate infection-control materials and techniques is required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSA Qualified Mental Health Professional at the time of hire.

          NOTE:?To be qualified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional you must have:
        • Graduate degree in psychology; or
        • Bachelor's degree in nursing and be licensed by the State of Oregon; or
        • Graduate degree in social work; or
        • Graduate degree in a behavioral science field; or
        • Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy; or
        • Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy and be licensed by the State of Oregon:


          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 multiaxial DSM diagnosis; write and supervise a treatment plan, conduct comprehensive mental health assessment; and provide individual, family, and/or group therapy within the scope of practice.Desired Attributes/Application Scoring Criteria:?In addition to your related work experience and education, we will use the attributes below to determine whom to interview.
          • Experience working with incarcerated youth.
          • Experience with working in multidisciplinary teams.
          • Experience working with youth who have exhibited sexually harming behaviors. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:Pre-employment Checks:We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidates including current OYA employees. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as driver license, fingerprint based on criminal records check, pre-employment drug screening and/or education verification as required for the position.OYA is responsible for complying with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA 42 U.S.C. 1997). PREA prohibits the Oregon Youth Authority 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: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/May/12ag-635.htmlThis standard requires OYA to conduct criminal background checks, conduct a check of the state's child abuse registry, and made its best efforts to contact prior institutional employers to obtain this information.The Center for Disease Control (CDC) requires correctional organizations to ensure that their employees are Tuberculosis (TB) free. All OYA employees are required to submit to a two-step TB test which is currently the requirement of the CDC to establish a TB free "base line." Rather than OYA conducting the test, employees may choose to work with their personal health care providers to provide the agency with medical documentation that demonstrates that they are TB free. If offered employment and you accept, OYA will offer you the TB testing, and if you refuse, OYA will require the necessary documentation from your personal health care provider as a condition of employment.Veteran's Points:
            Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website:?Veterans Resources. Veterans may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-(see application details).
            Note:?DD214 member 1 copies do not contain character of service and cannot be used to verify veterans' preference eligibility. Please attach DD214 member 2 or 4.

            Questions and Application Support:
            • For questions about the job announcement, call (see application details) or email (see application details). THE OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, COMMITTED TO SELECTING, TRAINING, SUPPORTING AND EMPOWERING A COMPETENT AND DIVERSE WORKFORCE.

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