Position Description: Mental Health Therapist Page 1 of 6
Revised: 10/02/2020 Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services 3949
South 6th Street Klamath Falls, OR 97603 Phone: (541) 882-1487 or
1-800-552-6290 HR Fax: (541) 273-4564 Opens: 11/24/2020 Closes:
Until Filled EXEMPT _X__ NON-EXEMPT ____ POSITION DESCRIPTION
POSITION: MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST RESPONSIBLE TO: Clinical
Supervisor SALARY: GS-11 $50,532-$65,682 Annual/Full Benefits GS-12
$ 60,560-$78,728 Annual/Full Benefits GS-13 Only for Employees with
10+ years of Service Rendered with the Klamath Tribes.
CLASSIFICATION: Professional, Regular, Full-time LOCATION: Klamath
Tribal Health & Family Services Youth & Family Guidance Center
Klamath Falls, OR BACKGROUND: P.L. 101-630 Level POSITION
OBJECTIVES The primary purpose of the Mental Health Therapist will
be to provide evaluation and therapeutic services to eligible
Tribal Members. The Mental Health Therapist will make appropriate
referrals and will be responsible for ensuring services are meeting
the needs of clients and that services being provided are in
accordance with professional practices and legal requirements.
Routine duties shall include providing health care related services
to individuals eligible for services provided by Klamath Tribal
Health & Family Services in homes, schools, clinics, alternate job
sites and other community locations within the Klamath Tribes
Service Unit. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Position
Description: Mental Health Therapist Page 2 of 6 Revised:
1. Assess, develop, implement, and evaluate an effective and
efficient treatment plan that will appropriately meet the needs of
individual clients, utilizing program, agency and community
resources. 2. Perform comprehensive diagnostic intake interviews
and brief crisis assessments. 3. Utilize evidence based, practice
based, and culturally appropriate interventions in individual,
group, and family therapy. Plan frequency, intensity, and duration
of therapy. 4. Provide treatment in outreach locations, as needed,
such as jail, home visits and schools. Provide brief solution
focused treatment in primary care setting, as needed. 5. Follow
clinical guidelines for best practice, including level of care
decisions and appropriate referrals. Collaborate with Substance
Treatment Counselors, Case Managers, and Psychiatric Med Managers
to provide comprehensive care. 6. Assist clients in navigation
through other community systems such as schools, courts, and
primary care. 7. Advocate for client needs and assist clients with
linkage to other community resources and support services. 8.
Prepare clinical documentation and billing forms according to
agency and departmental policies. 9. Participate in clinical
staffing/triage meetings to discuss appropriate referrals and
review charts for quality assurance, and grant or contract
compliance. 10. Participate in group and/or individual clinical
supervision in accordance with licensure and ethics requirements.
11. Network with other professionals, in various Oregon DHS
programs, Tribal Administration programs, criminal justice system,
schools and health care systems, as needed to implement effective
treatment. 12. Provide information for the monthly department
report to the Behavioral Health Director, when requested. 13.
Participate in the development and implementation of new services,
as needed. 14. Participate in accreditation and site reviews, as
needed. 15. The incumbent will be called upon to accomplish other
tasks within their scope of work. Position Description: Mental
Health Therapist Page 3 of 6 Revised: 10/02/2020 SUPERVISORY
CONTROLS The Mental Health Therapist works under the direct
supervision of the Clinical Supervisor, who provides general
instructions. Work is assigned in terms of
functional/organizational objectives. The supervisor will provide
guidance with unusual situations that do not have clear precedents.
The Clinical Supervisor will monitor and review work of unlicensed
Mental Health Therapists, as required when working toward
independent licensure. The employee works independently, resolves
problems on the basis of past precedent; exercises judgment
interpreting guidelines and applicability; and ensures deadlines
are met. The employee plans and carries out various stages of a
project by selecting and using approved methods and techniques as
appropriate. Assignments are reviewed for quality and compliance
with established policies and procedures. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS,
ABILITIES Knowledge of theories, principles, and practice to
include various theoretical models of psychotherapy; psychological
assessment and report writing; crisis intervention; and ethical
issues in the practice of mental health counseling. If a Licensed
Psychologist, knowledge of both cognitive and personality
psychological testing and report writing. Knowledge of psychotropic
medications, treatment interventions for dual diagnosis, family
systems theory, and trauma informed care models. Knowledge of the
psychological effects of illness on individuals and their families,
and the role of psychological factors in the exacerbation of
illness. Skill in providing diagnostic, preventative and/or
therapeutic services to clients. Ability to meet all state
licensing requirements, including obtaining clinical supervision
and adequate direct client service hours in preparation for
independent licensure or adequate CEUs to maintain independent
licensure. Ability to obtain and maintain necessary licensure.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability
to compile information to aid clients in carrying out treatment
objectives. Ability to function positively in an environment of
limited resources. Ability to relate well with a diverse group of
people, including staff and the public. Position Description:
Mental Health Therapist Page 4 of 6 Revised: 10/02/2020 Ability to
maintain strict confidentiality of medical records and adhere to
the standards for health record-keeping, HIPAA and Privacy Act
requirements. QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION Minimum
Qualifications: Failure to comply with minimum position
requirements may result in termination of employment.
REQUIRED to have a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Counseling
Psychology; OR a Masters Degree in Counseling, or Couples and
Family Therapy, or Clinical Social Work. ( Must submit copy of
degree or transcripts with application.) REQUIRED to obtain
independent Oregon licensure within two years from date of hire, if
unlicensed at time of hire. Out of state licensed professionals
must be able to acquire an Oregon License within six months of
hire. Klamath Tribal Health will reimburse up to $500 of the cost
for testing and license. ( Must submit copy of applicable license
with application, if currently licensed).
REQUIRED to have a minimum of one (1) year of clinical experience.
Clinical practicum, internship, and post-graduate supervised
training may count toward this requirement.
REQUIRED to possess and maintain a valid Oregon Drivers License,
(out of state applicants must receive ODL within 90 days of hire),
have good driving record and be insurable by the Klamath Tribal
Health & Family Services vehicle insurance policy. ( Must submit
copy of driver license with application.) REQUIRED to have
experience in the assessment of suicide risk, self-injurious
behavior, and all high-risk behaviors; case management of high-risk
REQUIRED to have experience with clients who have been victims of
physical and/or psychological trauma, with attention to early
REQUIRED to be free from exclusion from providing Federal health
care benefits including Medicare and Medicaid as per the Federal
OIG and GSA exclusion lists.
REQUIRED to submit to annual TB skin testing and adhere to KTHFS
staff immunization policy in accordance with the Centers for
Disease Control immunization recommendations for healthcare
REQUIRED to submit to and clear an alcohol/drug screen and random
testing as per policy. Position Description: Mental Health
Therapist Page 5 of 6 Revised: 10/02/2020
REQUIRED to submit to a background and character investigation,
as per Tribal policy. Following hire must immediately report to
Human Resource any citation, arrest, conviction for a misdemeanor
or felony crime.
REQUIRED to acquire and maintain BLS certification within 180 days
of hire; strongly recommend certification within 90 days of hire,
probationary period will be extended for a maximum of 180 days
REQUIRED to accept the responsibility of a mandatory reporter of
abuse and neglect of infants and children, people who are elderly
or dependent, individuals with mental illness or developmental
disabilities or residents of nursing homes and other health care
facilities. This includes reporting any evidence of physical
injury, neglect, sexual or emotional abuse or financial
exploitation. Preferred Qualifications: Independent licensure as
LPC, LCSW, or Clinical Psychologist is strongly preferred.
Experience working with a multidisciplinary team is strongly
Experience working with Native Americans is strongly preferred.
Experience in program development is preferred. Indian Preference:
Indian and Tribal Preference will apply, as per policy. ( Must
submit tribal documentation with application to qualify for Indian
Preference). ACKNOWLEDGEMENT This position description is intended
to provide an overview of the requirements of the position. It is
not necessarily inclusive and the job may require other essential
and/or non-essential functions, tasks, duties, or responsibilities
not listed herein. Management reserves the sole right to add,
modify, or exclude any essential or non-essential requirement at
any time with or without notice. Nothing in this job description,
or by the completion of any requirement of the job by the employee,
is intended to create a contract of employment of any type.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE Submit an Indian Health Services Application
for Medical Staff Appointment and/or Privileges with all
requirements and supporting documentation to: Klamath Tribal Health
& Family Services ATTN: Human Resource Position Description: Mental
Health Therapist Page 6 of 6 Revised: 10/02/2020 3949 South 6th
Street Klamath Falls, OR 97603 IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE
APPLICANT TO PROVIDE SUFFICIENT INFORMATION TO PROVE QUALIFICATIONS
FOR TRIBAL POSITIONS. Please Note: If requirements are not met,
i.e., submission of a resume in lieu of an application or not
including a required certification, your application will not be
reviewed and will be disqualified. Indian Preference will apply. In
accordance with Klamath Tribal policy, priority in selection will
be given to qualified applicants who present proof of eligibility
for "Indian Preference". Applications will not be returned. Company
Description Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services is a division
of the Klamath Tribes and is responsible for providing healthcare
services to the Native American population who reside in Klamath
County. Any person living in Klamath County who is able to provide
proof of their Native American heritage is eligible to receive
healthcare services at The Klamath Tribes Wellness Center.
OUR VISION In service of its mission, Klamath Tribal Health &
Family Services envisions a vibrant and healthy tribal community
through the delivery of an accessible, high-quality, innovative,
sustainable, and culturally-relevant healthcare program.
OUR MISSION To advance the overall mission of The Klamath Tribes
and the trust responsibilities of the Indian Health Service and the
United States government by providing quality, comprehensive,
patient-focused health care in a culturally-sensitive manner while
eliminating disparities and barriers to health.
OUR CORE VALUES Waqlis ?i is a term from our language and means
How are you? We have incorporated the word to help convey our core
values to one another. Core values are the principles that guide
our day to day behaviors, our decisions, our actions and our
relationships with each other and with the people we serve.
(W) Wellness We strive to improve the wellbeing of our patients
through preventive approaches to health management by providing
services to increase balance in body, mind, spirit, and heart.
(A) Accountability We accept responsibility for our actions,
attitudes and mistakes.
(Q) Quality We strive to deliver high quality patient care and
we all take part in quality improvement activities. We endeavor to
ensure patient and employee safety.
(L) Leadership Excellence Every KTHFS employee is a leader. Our
actions are driven by our desire to do our best at all times. We
work together to make the most efficient use of our resources, with
dedication, commitment and perseverance.
(I) Integrity and Ethics We accept responsibility for our
behaviors and aspire to the highest standards of ethical conduct
and performance. We are honest in our everyday business dealings.
We protect confidentiality and secure patient health
(S) Service and Sensitivity We demonstrate commitment to our
community through exceptional service to all internal and external
customers. Going above and beyond for all of our patients is our
expectation. We honor cultural traditions and values and we treat
others the way we want to be treated, with sensitivity. We always
respond to the needs of our patients and fellow workerswith respect
(I) Innovation We seek innovative solutions on issues affecting
the health of our patients and the status of the organization.