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Behavioral Health Specialist - Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)


Do you have a passion for providing counseling and guidance services to youth? Join our Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP)!

The Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) 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. We seek to foster cultural competence and pursue equitable solutions to support youth under our care. Our agency mission is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.

If you are looking to join a team that values individual and cultural differences and the opportunity to contribute in the success of youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you!

People of color, women and other members of historically underserved communities are strongly encouraged to apply!

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Your Role As A QMHP
As a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP), you will provide mental and behavioral health services to our youth at Tillamook Youth Correctional Facility. You will join a team of professionals all striving to help young people reach their potential. As QMHP, your work will be supported by clinicians licensed in the state of Oregon and qualified to provide clinical supervision. It supports and maintains 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 Coordinator (CC) the QMHP provides leadership to their assigned living unit for implementing and sustaining evidence based treatment in a group living environment. This key member will perform duties such as:

  • 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.
  • Monitor behavioral and mental health case plan domains, long and short-term goals, determining appropriate clinical and youth development interventions, etc.
  • Perform professional casework in counseling and guidance of youth.
  • Develops unit guidelines and protocols to inform the living unit on best practice approaches in dealing with trauma based reactions. 
  • Provides clinical consultation, technical expertise, advice and training to staff on appropriate ways to attend to youth who present with mental and behavioral health needs.
  • Work with the MDT to develop and oversee the living unit behavior management system including any point/level or grading and tag system, tag or level reviews and ensures that it is in alignment with best practices, is strengths based, and is developmental in design. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 family therapy as indicated and as youth's families are available.
  • Engages in clinical consultations with the consulting psychologist/psychiatrist/PMHNP to review youth progress, therapy and paperwork.
  • Monitors, assesses, and provides intervention for suicide risk with youth.

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.

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU).

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. Most positions offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules, telecommuting, 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, childcare, 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.

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What You Need To Qualify:
A 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.
Required Skills:

  • A commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills to explain complex issues clearly.
  • Leadership skills specific to advising treatment recommendations to a multidisciplinary team.
  • Maintaining confidentiality on sensitive issues.
  • Work in a team environment and skilled at promoting and maintaining a harmonious work environment.
  • Computer skills.
  • Strong organizational planning, research and execution skills.

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. 

  • Certificates and/or work experience related to substance use treatment.
  • Certificates and/or work experience related to sexual harming behaviors.
  • Strong clinical skills with adolescents and young adults, with the ability to provide clinical work independently.
  • Delivering manualized group treatment.
  • Possession of Trauma informed care certifications.

How to apply:
1. Complete the application at and search REQ-55891 or click the link above (we will not accept an attached resume in place of a completed application).

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we are here to serve. OYA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be individualized based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.” The more diverse we are, the better our work will be.