Support Specialist (x2 PT) - Eastern Oregon (Boardman/Pendleton)

Support Specialist (x2 PT) - Eastern Oregon (Boardman/Pendleton)

02 May 2020

Support Specialist (x2 PT) - Eastern Oregon (Boardman/Pendleton)

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We offer a retention bonus of $250 after 6 months of continuous employment and $500 after 1 year of continuous employment. *Applies to regular FT employees, pro-rated for part-time.

About Us

ColumbiaCare Services is a non-profit, mental health treatment agency offering a full spectrum of behavioral health care. We are more than a company. We are a team of people who are in the business of changing people's lives. We specialize in providing outpatient services, residential treatment programs, mental health housing, and affiliated services for individuals living with mental illness. We are also proud to serve Veterans.

About the Program

Columbia River Ranch RTF is a mental health Residential Treatment Facility in Boardman, Oregon, with 11 treatment beds and 1 short term crisis resolution bed.

Salmon Run RTH/PSRB is a Residential Treatment Home that serves 5 individuals who have a primary diagnosis of serious and persistent mental illness, and are under the jurisdiction of the Psychiatric Security Review Board (PSRB).

About the Position

We have two Part-Time openings for the Support Specialist position at our Eastern Oregon programs in Boardman and Pendleton. ColumbiaCare Services is looking for the right individual to work peer to peer, (meaning you are affected by mental illness), and are willing to share your personal experiences with adult consumers affected by a severe and persistent mental illness, while effectively managing your own symptoms.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 12:00pm - 5:30pm (Day) @ Columbia River Ranch RTF

8 hours per week, hours are flexible as needed @ Salmon Run RTH/PSRB

This position will be required to support in the development of life skills and therapeutic interventions; adhere to policies and procedures; perform clinical documentation, demonstrate professional boundaries and ethics; be willing to share personal mental illness experiences with peers; and facilitate groups focused on peer-to peer topics; May participate in review and/or interview team for prospective new clients; May assist consumers with direct community resources, shopping-on-a-budget, etc. In addition, while we are an organization that does not practice seclusion or restraint, we do still require our direct care staff to successfully complete ourÂVerbal andÂPhysicalÂIntervention (VPI) crisis de-escalation training, which includes performing various physical,Âevasion and safetyÂmaneuvers in class.


Support Specialist applicants MUST have personal experience with mental illness and the ability to effectively manage own symptoms. MUST also meet QMHA credentials -OR- be both Certified and Registered as a Peer Support Specialist through the Oregon Health Authority.

State of Oregon QMHA credentials criteria:

a) Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or Human Development;

b) OR THREE (3) YEARS of verifiable mental health experience working with SPMI population in a supervised social service setting;

c) OR equivalent combination of behavioral science education in addition to satisfactory supplemental mental health experience and training

The new OARs currently in development by the OHA will include the requirement for all unlicensed QMHPs and QMHAs to obtain certification through the Mental Health & Addictions Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO). At this time, they are offering a grandparenting window for those currently working in these roles.

QMHA Certification: Grandparenting with a Bachelor's Degree:

Previously qualified QMHAs with a baccalaureate degree and 1,000 clinical experience hours (6 months of full-time work in a state approved program) can grandparent into QMHA Basic Certification (QMHA-C). Mental Health Interns qualified as QMHP operating under a variance with an agency collaborative education agreement must register as QMHAs. If you are certified as a peer or a CADC and you are designated as a QMHA, performing QMHA duties, you will need to be certified as a QMHA through MHACBO.

QMHA Certification: Grandparenting without a Bachelor's Degree:

Previously qualified QMHAs without a baccalaureate degree in behavioral health sciences, and 4,000 clinical experience hours (2 full time years of work in a state approved program) can grandparent into QMHA Basic Certification.

This link will take you to the website to begin your application process:

This link will take you to an informative video:

Successful applicants MUST also have a valid Oregon driver's license, maintain a safe driving record, and the ability to pass a DHS criminal background check.

Pay & Benefits

$15.00-$19.50 per hour/DOE and QMHA credentials. ColumbiaCare offers a comprehensive benefits package forÂpart-timeÂemployees. Medical/Dental/Vision coverage for employees working 30 hours a week. All Part-Time/On-Call hourly employees receive time and a half when working a holiday and are eligible to receive up to 5 days of sick time and up to 12 days of vacation per year (accruals earned are based on hours worked). Wellness Benefit of up to $400 per year (prorated based on FTE). Our organization is qualified for federal student aid public service loan forgiveness program. For more information about our employment benefits, please visit our Career Page at

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and we give priority to applicants that qualify under protected veteran status.


For more details about on how to apply, please visit our website and/or view our CAREER CENTER page at Our employment opportunities are listed by region, select EASTERN OREGON.

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