Behavioral Health Specialist

September, 6, 2017

The Eugene Mission is “A Wellness Center for the Homeless” located in Eugene Oregon. We provide emergency shelter, day services, and residential recovery support (Life Change Program) to several hundred people day using a Trauma Informed Care (TIC) and Client Centered approach. The Eugene Mission Supportive Services (EMSS) team consists of on-site behavioral health specialists, case managers, and counselors who purpose to assist those staying in our emergency shelter (Men’s & Women’s Centers) to move in the direction of wellness.

Reporting & Schedule:

  • The EMSS Behavioral Health Specialist reports to the Director of Supportive Services. Shift hours for this position are Monday through Friday – and vary depending on employee preference and organizational need. Typically, they are either 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM or 11:00 AM to 7:00 with paid ½ hour lunch and two 15 minute breaks.

Primary Duties:

  • Maintain a case load of clients derived from the Eugene Mission Men’s & Women’s Centers and Life Change Program populations.
  • Case load duties include, but are not limited to, conducting intakes, goal setting, referrals, and transporting clients to access services.
  • Provide case management to guests who have complex mental health issues and multiple barriers to services that may require therapeutic intervention.
  • Oversee development of service plans and case management activities of Case Manager I’s as assigned.
  • Utilize a network of social service providers who can be a resource to their clients.
  • Incorporate client’s strengths when creating service plans that at times may include a faith-based value system.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and guest staff reviews.
  • Make referrals to EMSS counseling staff when appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively with management in the Men’s and Women’s Centers to deliver services.

Responsibilities and Tasks:

  •  Offer client centered empathetic listening to clients as they share their struggles.
  • Create and maintain an atmosphere of wellness and hope with end goals for each client being employment/sustainable income and housing.
  • Provide case management and resource referral which includes:
    • Meet with clients within a week of their arrival at Eugene Mission in order to conduct an intake to ascertain needs, barriers, growth areas, and assess level of care. This is to be done collaboratively with the client in order to develop a working service plan to assist the client in moving forward toward health and self-sufficiency.
    • Submit Intake data summary and service plan recommendations to EMSS Director for approval and assignment of case manager.
    • Set follow up appointment dates on which to periodically evaluate each client’s progress toward goals.
    • Utilize Service Point software and other electronic recordkeeping to enter service plans, track progress and maintain accurate statistics.
    • Network with social service resources in the community in order to provide effective case management.
    • Refer clients to appropriate on-site and community resources.
  • Make referrals of clients to the Eugene Mission Life Change Program if appropriate.
  • Participate in Staff Reviews in cooperation with other staff members in scheduled or spontaneous reviews of clients, as well as challenging client behaviors that hurt the safety of the environment at the Eugene Mission.
  • Must meet weekly for clinical supervision with Supportive Services Director.


  • Able to meet Eugene Mission employment criteria.
  • Able to build rapport with clients and demonstrate empathy from a Trauma Informed Care worldview.
  • Educational and Licensure Requirements:
    o One of the following degrees:

    • Graduate degree in psychology, social work, recreational, art, music therapy, or a behavioral science field.
    • Or Bachelor’s degree in nursing or occupational therapy and be licensed by the State of Oregon.
      o AND has the competencies necessary to:
    • Demonstrate the ability to conduct an assessment, including identifying precipitating events, gathering histories of mental and physical health, alcohol and other drug use, past mental health services and criminal justice contacts, assessing family, cultural, social and work relationships, and conducting a mental status examination, complete a five-axis DSM diagnosis, write and supervise the implementation of an Individual Service and Support Plan (ISSP) and provide individual, family or group therapy within the scope of their training.
    • AND hold and active license in a behavioral health field, i.e., LCP, LCSW, LMFT (or be a Registered Intern with a State Licensing Board, working toward licensure).
  • A demonstrated passion for service and advocacy regarding the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty.
  • Character reflects attitude of humility, honesty, and integrity.
  • Good organization skills for time management and delegation of tasks.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Capable of writing clear goals and objectives with each client and maintain case notes.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects.
  • Ability to work well within a team under stressful conditions.
  • Proficiency at thinking through complex problems to arrive at workable solutions.Compensation:
  • Salary Range: $18.00 – $22.00 per hour.
  • Full health and dental insurance benefits paid for employee.
  • Life Insurance paid for employee.
  • Retirement plan.
  •  20 days Paid Time Off (PTO) per year and selected holidays.

Note: The Eugene Mission is a faith based Christian Ministry and as such, pursuant to Civil Rights Act Section702, the Eugene Mission has the right to inquire about applicant’s faith as a consideration of employment.


If interested in the position, please send a cover letter and resume to!

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling
Psalm 68:5