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QMHP – Behavioral Health Specialist 2

  • Full Time
  • All - Tillamook County
  • Applications have closed
  • Annual Salary: $56,316 - $86,160

Website Oregon Youth Authority

We help youth change, which in turn helps keep communities safe.

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 seeking a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) to 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.

Additional Information:

  • Multiple Positions: This recruitment may fill other vacancies.
  • Open Until Filled: This recruitment will remain open until filled. Applications are reviewed weekly, but we may close the announcement at any time when we have received an adequate number of applications. We cannot guarantee that we will consider applications received after this screening date. We encourage interested applicants not to delay in applying.
  • Relocation: may be paid in some cases. Please contact Human Resources for further information.

This position is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/OPEU). By joining and maintaining your membership with SEIU Local 503, the following benefits are available to you such as:

  • $2,500 life insurance policy paid for by your union, SEIU Local 503. This policy is in effect if you are an active member.
  • Up to $200,000 of additional life insurance can be purchased. Up to $100,000 member life, $40,000 spouse and $10,000 child is guaranteed within the first 90 days of new union membership.
  • Short Term Disability insurance is guaranteed if purchased within the first 90 days of new union membership.
  • Legal insurance enrollment is available to purchase within the first 90 days of new union membership.
  • Tuition reimbursement.


At OYA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words on a page. To meet our mission and live our values as an agency, DEI must be at the heart of all we do. We support cultural competence, develop teams and cultivate leaders in ways that are equitable to everyone, especially people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, or those from other marginalized communities. We are explicit and intentional as we identify resources that all our youth and staff need to grow and prosper. Our DEI work connects closely with our culture of positive human development, with safe and supportive environments where everyone is held accountable and connected to their community. The end goal 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, with the opportunity to contribute to youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you!  People of color, women, and other members of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!

Please take a moment to watch this quick video about Oregon Youth Authority, our team and our culture For more information please visit

What’s in it for You?
OYA values our employees. We believe that your time outside of the workplace is as valuable as it is inside the workplace. We offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules on most positions and a competitive benefits package, including low-cost, high-coverage health insurance, generous time-off, and a competitive retirement plan.

Discover more about working in Oregon state government by clicking here.

What We Are Looking For:

A Bachelor’s degree in nursing or occupational therapy AND licensed by the State of Oregon AND three years of progressively responsible experience related to the series concept; OR
A Master’s degree in psychology; social work; recreational, art, or music therapy; or behavioral health science AND two years of progressively responsible experience related to the series concept.
Special Qualifications:

A Qualified Mental Health Professional at the time of application.

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 as part of final scoring to advance those that qualify to the interview portion.

  • Flexibility with changes in working environment
  • Experience and values working in a team environment
  • Establishes and maintains healthy boundaries
  • Excellent Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Experience to triage and prioritize workload

How to apply:

1. Complete the application (we will not accept an attached resume in place of a completed application).

2. Complete questionnaire.

3. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the public records request authorization. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the public records request task will come to your Workday inbox.

4. If you are a veteran, the task to claim preference will come after the public records request question. Please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application. We will ask you for your documents later in the process.

Additional Information:

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.

Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process. For assistance regarding reasonable accommodation or for alternative format please contact OYA Recruitment at 971-345-1236. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.


Pre-employment Checks:

In keeping with our mission, OYA will conduct a criminal record check, per OAR 416 Division 800, a driving record background check and a vulnerable population abuse and neglect check. Information obtained about an individual is confidential. An individual who refuses to consent to a criminal records/background check shall be disqualified from consideration in the position for which you applied. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as fingerprint based on criminal records check, pre-employment drug screening and/or education verification as required for the position.

In 2003 Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the first federal civil statue focused specifically on addressing sexual violence in juvenile facilities, jails, prisons, and other facilities.  In recognition of the rights, safety, and well-being of the youth we serve you will be asked specific questions about your background to ensure our hiring and promotion practices comply with the National PREA standards.

All OYA employees are required to submit to a two-step TB test to establish a TB free “base line.” 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.

All positions in OYA will require the incumbent to serve as a “mandatory reporter” of child abuse.


Visa Sponsorship:

We do not offer Visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. OYA uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.