Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug Specialist (LCSW/LPC/LMFT)

Immigrant Refugee Community Organization
January 11, 2019
Portland, Oregon
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POSITION:             Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug Specialist (LCSW/LPC/LMFT)

WAGE:                      $56,000 - $62,000 per year

LOCATION:              Multiple Department of Human Services (DHS) Branch locations

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STATUS:                    Full-Time/Regular with Benefits

SCHEDULE:             8:30am – 5:00pm; Monday - Friday

PROGRAM(S):        Community Works Project

OPENING DATE:   January 2, 2019

CLOSING DATE:    Open until filled

LANGUAGE:            English required/Bilingual-Spanish preferred

DRIVING:                 Required



The Community Works Project (CWP) is a collaborative initiative of six community-based organizations with a collective 175 years of experience empowering traditionally underserved individuals from diverse backgrounds to find employment and become self-sufficient.  Multicultural and multilingual staff provide interactive customer-driven services at multiple DHS branch locations. CWP works closely with our funder and partner, Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), to help move families on TANF into self-sufficiency.



The successful applicant must have a valid license as a Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified by a regulatory board of Oregon.


The Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug Specialist will be responsible for serving participants referred by Department of Human Services (DHS) Family Coaches for Mental Health and/or Alcohol & Drug services, and will also supervise a Peer Wellness or Peer Support Specialist to support this work.

The Mental Health/Alcohol & Drug Specialist will follow evidence-based trauma-informed best practices to:

(1) Realize the widespread impact of trauma, particularly how racism, poverty and other forms of oppression can contribute to trauma

(2) Recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, and staff

(3) Integrate knowledge about trauma into policies and practices

(4) Actively resist re-traumatization by adjusting practices and encouraging resiliency

(Adapted from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

This role is responsible for assessing clients’ needs and determining appropriate types and level of services, and implementing culturally responsive and trauma informed interventions for specific cases. This is not a direct clinical service role, though some degree of on-going case management and follow-up to referrals will be needed to ensure participants are receiving the services they need.


This position will supervise one or more Peer Wellness or Peer Support Specialists to support the work.


  • Conduct screenings/evaluations with participants to determine current need for mental health services and/or drug and alcohol counseling services
  • During the screening process-
    • Gather histories of mental, emotional and physical disabilities, alcohol and drug use, past/current mental health services
    • Assess family, social and work relationships
    • Conduct a mental status exam
    • Determine level of services and provide assistance to participants during the referral process
  • Provide ongoing case management to monitor and assess progress of participants' engagement with the referral services, and to ensure participants receive needed services
  • Work collaboratively with CWP Medical Case Consultant Team, CWP Program Manager, and DHS Leadership to streamline Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol services and processes, and co-create processes for medical and mental health teams to work together to serve participants with multiple barriers
  • Help modify and implement culturally responsive and trauma informed tool for assessment of clients’ needs to determine level and type of appropriate referral service
  • Establish referral system for culturally responsive and culturally specific mental health and drug & alcohol services with local providers
  • Consult with treatment provider to monitor treatment progress and to determine participant’s ability to participate in JOBS program. Identify any accommodations needed to support the participant’s functioning and success
  • Participate in DHS groups and committees as needed for case staffing and consultation
  • Provide insight with respect to clinically informed service delivery and participant services
  • Review and evaluate recent psychosocial health research and interpret it to professionals and patients
  • Perform short-term crisis intervention for participants, as necessary
  • Develop, maintain and constantly update project records, including all data and forms required by DHS
  • Prepare psychosocial educational materials as needed or required
  • Provide supervision and support to one or more Peer Support/Peer Wellness Specialists
  • Provide consultation to the CWP team and to DHS as requested to maintain a strengths-based perspective on families served, normalize challenges, explore triggers, and reduce feelings of isolation in the job
  • Assume other responsibilities as directed


  • Must have a valid license as a Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified by a regulatory board of Oregon
  • Master’s level degree in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology required
  • At least 3 years post master’s degree and 2 years proven history as supervisor of services provided to marginalized populations
  • Certification as Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CADC I or II) strongly preferred
  • Extensive knowledge and experience working with communities of color such as: African American, Latino, Native American, immigrant and refugee.  Bilingual, bicultural persons are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Experience working with participants experiencing drug and/or alcohol addiction
  • Supervisory experience strongly preferred


  • Self-starter, capable of managing staff and give directions to others and work under pressure in certain cases
  • Must be able to maintain and adhere to the highest ethical standards of the social work/counseling profession by maintaining strict confidentiality, striving for the highest quality level of client care and staff alike, and following mandatory reporting duties as specified by the Oregon Law 419B.010.
  • Must be able to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Must be able to respond in a respectful manner and with integrity to stressful situations with clients and staff, alike
  • Must have knowledge of publicly funded services, including OHP, TANF, SNAP, WIC, and Social Security benefits
  • Familiarity with local non-profit resources to support emotional well-being and family stability
  • Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing to individuals and groups
  • Must be able to communicate verbally in person and using a telephone
  • Must be able to listen for understanding and assist in problem solving
  • Must be able to work in a team environment, by collaborating with different levels of IRCO and other community partners and providers
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of multicultural staff, and levels of organization as well as with persons outside the organization
  • Must be able to prepare clear and concise reports
  • Must have excellent grammar, spelling and writing skills
  • Must be able to utilize a computer, read and analyze data in hard copy and on screen
  • Must be able to travel and to work outside of regular office hours without advance notice
  • Must be able to sit, stand, walk and drive and use a computer terminal for long periods of time
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and verification of current auto-insurance, and have full use of automobile during work hours
  • Must be able to work in varied temperatures and weather conditions


Applications are accessible on the IRCO website, or IRCO’s main office, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland, OR  97220, 503-234-1541.   Attach resume and cover letter to IRCO application form.  This position requires the completion of an IRCO application.  Materials submitted without a completed application are considered incomplete and will not be considered.  Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not be able to contact each applicant.  We may not be able to return calls regarding the status of your application. If selected for an interview, we will contact you by telephone.


The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is a non-profit organization established in 1976 to serve immigrants, refugees, and the broader community in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. Find out more at



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