Forensic Behavioral Health Specialist (OPA1)

  • Oregon Health Authority
  • Portland or Salem, Oregon
  • Apr 19, 2024
Full time Government Health Care

Job Description

Do you have experience supporting the implementation of policies, projects and programs at the community, state, or national level? Do you enjoy developing and providing planning, data, and system tools that facilitate collaboration and decision-making? We look forward to hearing from you!


Work Location: Salem/Marion or Portland/Multnomah; hybrid position


What you will do!

This position is on the Intensive Services Unit, a specialized team within the Behavioral Health Division. This unit coordinates behavioral health services for individuals in Oregon most impacted by health inequalities including, but not limited to:

  • people who have entered the behavioral health system through Oregon’s courts and other justice involved populations.
  • people with complex clinical needs, often with co-occurring mental health, substance use disorders, medical issues, and sometimes intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.

In addition, many people served by this unit have suffered major trauma and continue to struggle with housing and other social determinants of health.


The primary purpose of this position is to provide administrative, planning, and program support to the Intensive Services Unit, in service to transformative and community-led initiatives involving forensic behavioral health, including four primary areas: Aid and Assist, Civil Commitment, Jail Diversion, and Guilty Except for Insanity/Psychiatric Security Review Board (GEI/PSRB).


OHA values service excellence, leadership, integrity, health equity and partnership and has a strategic goal to end all health inequities by 2030.


What's in it for you?

  • We offer exceptional medical, vision and dental benefits package.
  • Paid Leave Days:
    • 11 paid holidays each year
    • 3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" each year
    • 8 hours of paid sick leave accumulated every month
    • Progressive vacation leave accrual with increases every 5 years
  • Pension and retirement programs
  • Optional benefits include short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and childcare expenses.



Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience or education equivalent to three years technical-level experience evaluating program operations or administrative systems, planning improvements and implementing changes in policy, procedures or rules.


Example:A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for evaluating program operations or administrative systems, planning improvements and implementing changes in policy, procedures or rules.


Desired Attributes

  • Knowledge of health services delivery systems, particularly the Oregon Health Plan/ Medicaid Administration in Oregon, and experience in working with Community Mental Health Programs, Behavioral Health Service Providers, Coordinated Care Organizations or other managed care entities.
  • Knowledge of Oregon's Behavioral Health System and relational landscape of key partners, providers, community based organizations, peer delivered services, and advocacy groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the cross section between mental health, substance use disorder, community criminal legal system and systemic racism.
  • Ability to explain and offer expert level technical assistance on rules, policy, and procedures.
  • Ability to demonstrate advanced Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and use of collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and Smartsheet.
  • Experience developing and providing planning tools, documents, data, and meeting coordination to facilitate collaboration and decision-making.
  • Demonstrates skills in the following areas:
  • Critical Decision-making and Problem-solving
  • Customer Service and Person-centered Engagement
  • Data Synthesis, Analysis and Reporting
  • Issue Identification and Resolution
  • Project Planning and Prioritization
  • Project Coordination and Monitoring
  • Team Collaboration & Group Facilitation
  • Expert level Technical Assistance
  • Written and oral communication, including preparation of reports and presentations


How to apply:

Complete the online application at using job number REQ-154847

 Deadline: 4/29/24


$4138 - $6322

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