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Crisis Specialist, Grants Pass, OR

Organization: Options for Southern Oregon
Category: Behavioral Health Professional
Location: Grants Pass, OR
Date Job Posted: March 8, 2023
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Crisis Specialist

Full Time 30-40 hours/week
Grants Pass, OR, US
Requisition ID: 1261

$5,000 HIRING BONUS (Prorated by FTE)

Attention Candidates: Please upload both your resume and a cover letter.

  • Benefits include:
    • Family medical, dental, long term disability, 403(b) plan with 6% match, and more.
    • Generous paid time off policy. (Annual accrual up to 208 hours - based on FTE status and available to use upon accrual). Plus 11 paid holidays annually.
  • Clinical supervision and training is provided along with continuing education opportunities.
  • Bilingual skills a plus; Options pays a premium for employees who can conduct business in Spanish and provide certification of a language proficiency test approved by the Oregon Health Authority that meets a proficiency level of "High Intermediate".
  • This position may be eligible for relocation reimbursement, as well as professional development and support for licensure.
  • Position may be eligible for loan repayment programs for National Health Service Corps visit- or for Oregon Behavioral Health Loan Repayment visit-

Schedule: Sunday- Wednesday 2:00 PM- 12:00 AM


The Crisis Specialist conducts mental health crisis assessments at the local hospital and in the community and operates as part of an interdisciplinary team at Options Crisis Resolution Center (CRC).

The CRC provides short term respite and mental health stabilization to adults. Options’ CRC, an innovative, inpatient hospital diversion and respite program. As part of this dynamic program you will work with other Crisis Specialists on an interdisciplinary team that offers psychiatry, nursing, mental health therapy, co-occurring disorders treatment, gambling treatment and skills training services for adults from all walks of life. This 15 bed, secure, short term, transitional program works closely with a large network of programs within Options and with multiple community partners to help individuals along their recovery path.

Training on the specifics of this position is provided. Shadowing of current Crisis Specialists is a component of this training as is classroom, interactive education on differential diagnosis, confidentiality, therapeutic boundaries, and the electronic health record.


This position performs diagnostic assessments and formulates diagnoses, screens patients for a mental health hold, may offer respite or diversion from hospitalization to Option’s inpatient program, and develops safety plans with patients and their significant others. Responds to requests for mental health screenings in the community and determines next steps for care. Provides clinical recovery-focused services to clients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders in individual and group settings. Collaborates with client and treatment team in development of individual treatment plan.


This position requires a Master's degree in a behavioral science, an understanding of co-occurring disorders, and related experience.

Experience with substance abuse treatment for dually diagnosed clients preferred.

Must be able to complete the hospital credentialing process with assistance from Options’ Credentialing team. Drug testing is required for this position.

Must be a QMHP on the Mental Health & Addictions Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO) registry.


Meet eligibility qualifications to register with MHACBO (please visit for more information)


Must be registered as a licensure intern with the State of Oregon or be licensed in Oregon as an LMFT, LCSW, LPC or clinical Psychologist.

Candidates must be able to use e-mail, compose documents, save and locate documents electronically, and learn to use our Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Proficiency in Word and other MS Office applications preferred.

Must pass state-required background and DMV checks; possess a valid OR driver's license and a satisfactory driving record. Candidate must be able to work independently and flexibly, under general supervision.

Must be able to complete the hospital credentialing process with assistance from Options’ Credentialing team. Drug testing is required for this position.

Crisis Specialists must submit vaccination documentation showing they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by their hire date.

Options for Southern Oregon provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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