Mental Health Therapist (community-based)
Job Details
Salem - Salem, OR
Full Time
$42,000.00 - $52,000.00 Salary/year
Nonprofit - Social Services
About Us

Vision Statement

Options Counseling and Family Services supports the health, safety, equity, and well-being of our clients, families, employees, and communities.


Mission Statement

In partnership with members of the communities we serve, Options Counseling and Family Services promotes safety, healing, and empowerment for individuals and families.


Options offers many benefits for our full-time employees (full-time is any employee working 30 hours per week or more). A list of all our benefits can be found on our website, here:



  • Options pays 100% of the cost to cover employees for medical, dental, vision, basic term life, accidental death and dismemberment, and long-term disability
  • 403b retirement plan with an agency match
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) funded by Options to reimburse employees for a percentage of medical expenses related to employees' deductible
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Dependent Care Expense accounts are available
  • Generous Paid Time-Off (PTO) policy that allows employees to earn up to four weeks in the first year of employment
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP), 100% funded by Options


What Options Offers

In addition to the robust benefit package, you will be joining a team of dedicated professionals committed to promoting safety, healing, and empowerment for the individuals and families we serve. As a Mental Health Therapist with Options, you would experience working in an environment that includes:

  • A supportive team of office staff to assist with scheduling and billing, resource specialists, case managers, and a psychiatry team
  • Direct support for clinical supervision toward licensure
  • Reimbursement for the costs associated with professional licensure
  • Many opportunities for training and learning
  • Multidisciplinary team approach
  • Ongoing training and supervision to promote growth and learning
  • Opportunities for advancement
Position Details

General Description:

A community-based Mental Health Therapist provides individual, family, and group therapy to children, adults, and families in the community. They may also provide case management and consultation with PCPs, schools, DHS Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency programs, and other community partners. Community-based Mental Health Therapists are usually working with higher intensity acute clients. Some evening and weekend hours will be required.  Eligible clients may be self-referred or referred by schools, County Mental Health, DHS Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency, or the client’s PCP. The majority of our clients use the Oregon Health Plan, but we do accept some private insurance. Authorization for services may be required from the Coordinated Care Office (CCO) or another payer source.


Required Qualifications:

Master’s or doctorate degree in counseling, psychology, social work, or related field. Must be able to qualify as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) and be eligible for licensure. Knowledge and/or experience providing mental health services, including assessment and diagnosis, to children, families and adults. Must be computer proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and record keeping software preferred.  Must have respectful, open, accepting attitude toward clients and their families.


Preferred Qualifications:

Knowledge of parenting skills/techniques and child development, and experience working with disadvantaged individuals and high-risk families, including work with incest, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence and trauma.  Strong understanding of available community resources and supports.   


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

65% - Direct Client Services

  • Interview client to obtain information concerning family history or other assessment information
  • Conduct mental health assessments for children and adults, including DSM-V diagnosis
  • Provide therapy and case management services in the office, schools, communities, or in the client’s home
  • Develop and implement treatment plans, defining specific goals and objectives, and revise as needed

25% - Documentation

  • Maintain accurate and current client records, including timely Service Plans, authorization requests, and service notes within the electronic client record (ECR), and sign documents to meet federal and state regulatory standards
  • Coordinate access and provision of services from multiple agencies, including establishing service linkages, advocating for service needs, and obtaining entitlements based on mental or emotional disability
  • Work closely with psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and their primary care physicians to coordinate treatment
  • Coordinate case activities with Program Supervisor, DHS/Child Welfare, Juvenile Department, schools, and others as appropriate
  • Refer client to supportive services to supplement treatment and counseling as appropriate and suggested by parent, guardian and/or DHS/Child Welfare caseworker
  • Make requests for authorization for services to the local Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) as required
  • Coordinate with DHS and the local CCO regarding referrals as directed

10% - Other duties

  • Attend and participate in regular clinical supervision (minimum of two times a month) and team meetings, as directed
  • Conduct a peer review of at least 10% of open individual service record files each quarter, as part of the Quality Improvement process.
  • Remain current on relevant research and evidenced based practices
  • Report suspected child abuse and neglect
  • Maintain client confidentiality according to state guidelines
  • Transport clients when necessary.  A valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and auto insurance that meets Options’ policy is required


Working Conditions:

  • Extended periods of time sitting or standing at work station updating client records, phone work, and therapy sessions
  • Mobility and dexterity sufficient to assist clients and handle required job related functions and move about the facility
  • Ability to cope with clients who may use challenging or offensive language with potential for escalation to physical aggression.
  • May be required to work afternoon, evening, and/or weekend hours
  • Will travel locally with own vehicle. Must be insured with minimal liability insurance.*


* Positions that require driving clients must maintain vehicle insurance as required by law, with a minimum of $100,000/$300,000/$100,000 personal auto liability coverage (proof of insurance will be required)

**Salary range: This is an average starting range for new hires. Options follows Oregon Equal Pay Act Law to ensure all of our employees are paid equally amongst their peers. Each candidate's total experience, education, and training will be taken into consideration when calculating their starting wage.