Behavioral Health Specialist 2 - Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)
Company: Oregon Youth Authority
Posted on: May 27, 2019
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:
OREGON YOUTH AUTHORITY
Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) - Behavioral Health
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
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
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
- 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
- A pension plan and an opportunity to defer pre-tax earnings for
retirement, health care deductibles, child care, and
- 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
- Representation: This position is represented by the Service
Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU). DUTIES AND
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- May deal with angry and hostile family members and
- 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
- Graduate degree in psychology; or
- Bachelor's degree in nursing and be licensed by the State of
- Graduate degree in social work; or
- Graduate degree in a behavioral science field; or
- Graduate degree in recreational, art, or music therapy;
- 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
- 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:
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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