LifeWorks NW
  • Beaverton, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Mental Health - Bachelor's degree/Experience

The Supported Education Specialist position will work at these LifeWorks NW's Certified Community Behavioral Healthcare Clinics (CCBHC) - Hillsboro Walnut site and Beaverton site.

In 2017, LifeWorks NW was selected to represent Oregon in the federal demonstration project to implement CCBHCs to advance delivery of behavioral health care. LifeWorks NW's CCBHC sites provide comprehensive client care through a team-based approach with services that include mental health and substance use counseling, peer-delivered health and wellness services, primary care services and psychiatric rehabilitation. Staff that work at our CCBHC sites collaborate with others to care for individuals through daily interactions and support, counseling, skills training, care coordination, health promotion and education, medication management services and supportive services with preventive approach.

Purpose: Assesses the severe and persistent mentally ill client case load for educational capabilities, provides training assistance, offers continuing support, and assists clients to explore educational possibilities and make education placements. Encourages schools, administrators, and community providers to recognize clients' abilities to be productive and successful in these settings and assists with creating individualized accommodations in school settings to optimize academic outcomes. Services are offered in a community based or home visit setting.

Days/Hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with occasional evenings and weekends.

Pay/Benefits: $45,629 to $49,622 per year. Full benefits.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Meets performance standards for productivity, documentation, proficiency in clinical model and evidence based practices, quality of care (including engagement and retention), and teamwork.
  • Interviews individuals and, if applicable, family members or team members in the client support system to complete the strengths based  educational assessments to identify clients' skills and strengths, interests, goals, dreams, aspirations and resources available to reach their goals.
  • Counsels individuals to help them understand and overcome personal, social, or behavioral problems affecting their educational situation.
  • Develops an education focused service plan based on clients' interests, abilities, strengths and needs. Service plans will have measurable goals and objectives based on the diagnosis and will specify type, frequency, intensity, and duration of service. Service plans will be client driven and follow-ups will be completed on time, assessing the quantity and quality of services provided.
  • Assists clients with financial aid applications and scholarships that may assist in achieving academic goals.
  • Researches possible educational opportunities for clients by contacting school counselors, school administrators,  and any other means of reaching potential employers or educators.
  • Establishes and maintains connections with schools and organizations offering educational opportunities.
  • Identifies barriers to client's educational goals, such as finances, scheduling, and transportation problems. Works with clients to develop strategies for overcoming barriers.
  • Maintains close contact with clients during  educational placements to resolve problems and evaluate placement adequacy.  
  • Performs interventions as needed with assigned clients previously placed who may be at risk of school failure.  Work closely with teachers, counselors and clients to resolve issues as soon as possible.
  • Coordinates and consults with other team members to keep team informed of issues and progress.
  • Counsels individuals, groups, families, or communities regarding vocational rehabilitation issues
  • Refers clients or families to community resources including school counselors, tutors and financial aid advisors
  • Provides crisis intervention to clients when difficult situations occur
  • Monitors and tracks educational status and performance. Provides accurate and timely written reports.
  • Ensures timely record maintenance of, billings and completed releases of information. Maintains client records in compliance with agency and confidentiality guidelines. Completes documentation in an electronic health records system.
  • Serves as back-up for other staff when needed.
  • Continually increases level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Required to transport clients in a personal vehicle.



  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or a behavioral health related field OR three years of comparable experience working with individual who have severe and persistent mental illness (QMHA qualifications) required.
  • Must have a minimum of an additional year of experience in the behavioral health field working with people with disabilities.
  • Bilingual fluency (English/Spanish) preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively; understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and individual, group, family and other counseling techniques; program policies and procedures for services and supports identified in an Individual Services and Supports Plan.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations and maintain a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Ability to provide educational services and compliance with confidentially in accordance with federal, state and/or funding source requirements.
  • Knowledge of community resources enabling appropriate referrals for specific client needs.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word.  Ability to master proprietary software including electronic health record system required.
  • Requires access to a car, a valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet LifeWorks NW driving requirements.



LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community. LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with


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