SMHS Staff

SMHS staff are carefully chosen for their professional experience and expertise and their ability to relate to people in an open and supportive manner. Case managers typically have a Master’s Degree in Psychology, or Social Work. SMHS staff is supervised by Licensed Professional Counselors or Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Medications are prescribed and monitored by licensed Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.

SMHS Careers and Volunteering

Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc. offers full time, part time, on-call and volunteer opportunities.

Sequoia Mental Health Services, Inc. (SMHS), based in Beaverton, Oregon, provides assistance to people with long-term psychiatric, emotional and developmental impairments. Support and programs are aimed at maximizing self-sufficiency and productivity and offered with compassion, integrity and a profound respect for each individual’s strengths. At SMHS our goal is to surround the people we serve with a community that will engage, support and encourage them.

SMHS is supported by a community of dedicated volunteers who give of their time. Giving of your time does go a long way to enabling SMHS to provide assistance to those in need. SMHS utilizes volunteers for such activities as office support and filing. For information on how you can support SMHS through our volunteer opportunities, please contact us at hr@sequoiamhs.org.

Employment Opportunities

SMHS is always in need of skilled, dedicated and compassionate mental health professionals. All employees are required to submit to criminal background screening.

SMHS offers its employees generous benefits including: competitive salaries, employee paid health insurance, and generous paid time off.

Open Positions

To apply for an open position, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@sequoiamhs.org.

If you are contacted for an interview, please complete an SMHS Employment Application.

  • Substance Use Specialist

    The Substance Use Specialist provides treatment services to promote recovery and community integration of adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders to reduce use of ERs and inpatient hospital stays. Work is primarily based in the community and uses the evidence-based practice Assertive Community Treatment adapted for the agency and population’s specific needs.

    Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

    • Conduct drug and alcohol assessments; crisis intervention; individual and group interventions related to substance use and abuse, with a focus on prevention and harm reduction.
    • Work with individual clients to assess needs and assist in achievement of their goals. (focus on dual diagnosis clients)
    • Provide weekly group meetings onsite utilizing e-IMR co-occurring approaches.
    • Completes accurate, timely clinical documentation of the highest quality and consistent with agency standards, rules and regulations.
    • Ability to work within a harm reduction approach model and familiarity with other treatment and intervention approaches.
    • Complete timely and accurate documentation in electronic clinical records system.
    • Availability to respond to a rotating team support phone including face to face intervention if needed.
    • Collaborate with other staff and community/county based programs.
    • Perform related tasks as assigned.

    Required experience:

    • Experience with providing Alcohol and Drug Treatment.
    • Experience with community based case management services
    • Experience and/or certification in specialty area of mental health services:ACT, IDDT, COD, CADC, Housing Employment, etc.
    • Experience with the SPMI population, ethnic, racial, economic and sexually diverse populations.

    Minimum Requirements:

    Education

    • Must meet qualifications for a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). Bachelor’s Degree in human/social services field (social work, public or community health, psychology) or related field
    • CADC Certification or ability to obtain a CADC certification within 6 months of hire.

    Additional Requirements

    • Must have a current driver’s license and the ability to meet Sequoia’s driving requirements.
    • Must pass CRIMS background check.

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org

  • Caregiver (1915i)

    1915i Caregivers provide covered habilitative services according to the client’s care plan, respond appropriately to client needs and report changes in client conditions to their clinician. The caregiver helps our clients enjoy a higher quality of life through fulfillment of these home care assignments. Caregivers collaborate with the client’s primary clinician and clinical team to ensure clients are accessing available resources and participating in their recovery.

    Essential Job Functions

    • Provide individualized, client-centered services within the context of the recovery model with a focus on recreation, community inclusion and mobility, community survival skills, communication skills and socialization and adaptive skills
    • Aid clients develop and strengthen natural supports and access to community service programs
    • Assist with light housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, dusting and vacuuming; maintaining a safe and clean environment and ensure that garbage is taken out
    • Escort clients on appointment, errands including grocery shopping, bills payment and mail handling
    • Oversee the preparation of food to ensure that hygiene standards are met and that doctors’ orders are being followed
    • Observe client for signs of deterioration or concern and report them to primary clinician or doctor on an immediate basis
    • Maintain record of client activities and enter into Credible (electronic medical record) daily
    • Medication administration and/or monitoring

    Required Skills

    Ability to communicate effectively, understand mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology and apply each of these concepts, implement skills development strategies, and identify, implement and coordinate the services and supports identified in a Service Plan.

    Physical Requirements

    • The ability to meet the following physical requirements with or without reasonable accommodation:
    • This position requires spending a majority of the workday standing and walking, with occasional sitting.
    • Use of hands, wrists and fingers and lifting or moving up to 25lbs.
    • Movements such as stooping, crouching, bending, kneeling, climbing and reaching are occasionally required.
    • Noise and/or level of distractions in the work environment is moderate.
    • Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision and peripheral vision.
    • Talk, hear and communicate with clients and put client’s symptoms and functioning in the context of their mental illness.
    • Ability to operate a motorized vehicle.

    Education/Experience Required

    • High School Diploma or Equivalent
    • Experience working with the SPMI population (highly preferred)

    Additional Requirements

    • Valid Driver’s License, Proof of Insurance, Personal Vehicle and Clean Driving Record
    • Ability to pass a Criminal Background Check

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org

  • Clinic Front Desk/Reception

    The Clinical Support Specialist provides the first contact with Sequoia MHS. Answering phones, greeting guests and clients, and scheduling appointments are primary duties. The CSS maintains client information (both current and archived); processes insurance co pays and works with medication documentation. Special attention is given to maintaining a professional environment, efficiency, and supporting both clinical and administrative operations.

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Handling phones, mail, filing, copying, scanning, and correspondence
    • Directs flow of services in lobby/reception area, greets people, directs to appropriate staff members, asks person to wait in the lobby and notifies staff of waiting appointments.
    • Scheduling conference/interview rooms
    • Scheduling appointments as requested, including clinicians, LMPs, and clients.
    • Places reminder calls for appointments.
    • Scanning of documents into the document management system on a weekly basis.
    • Maintains the clinical information database.
    • Maintains clinical charts.
    • Supporting clinical processes up to and including obtaining previous medical records, signatures, facilitate communication between primary care physicians and clinicians.
    • Retrieves archived documents as requested.
    • Follow Medication Policy and Procedure
    • Attends clinical trainings as needed.
    • Understanding of and ability to follow safety protocol
    • Accepts other duties as assigned

    Experience:

    • Previous experience in a medical office setting is strongly preferred. Individual must be familiar with basic office procedures and experience/education in field of mental health is preferred.

    Required skills:

    • Ability to attend to multiple tasks in a busy office environment desired.
    • Ability to use computer, fax, copier, other office equipment.
    • Recognition of triage and emergency situations

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org

  • ACT Licensed Professional Nurse (LPN)

    The Sequoia MHS ACT team provides non-traditional community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders, to reduce use of ERs and inpatient hospital stays. The LPN is an integral part of the team, providing health assessment, counseling, and education to promote recovery, wellness, and optimal health. The nurse provides services in the community within the framework of core ACT operating principles, professional nursing ethics, and State and County regulatory guidelines. This is a field-based position and requires at least 80% of services to be provided to consumers in their homes, shelters, primary healthcare providers, and other community settings.

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Primary responsibility for the development of individualized nursing assessments on all program participants. Develop, implement, and evaluate the nursing regimen for recipients.
    • Participate in implementing and maintaining nursing standards
    • Participate in determining resources and policies essential to the delivery of nursing care services
    • Assess medical care needs and other services to support wellness
    • Recommend health objectives for recipients’ service plans
    • Facilitate consumer education on prevention, health, wellness, diet, HIV/AIDS education, smoking cessation and recovery
    • During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the degree of medical risk, medical care and interventions required to promote positive health outcomes, and b) to lead team in primary care issues
    • Provide education to ACT staff on physical health issues and medical care protocols
    • Act as advocate and liaison for recipients in securing medical care, and other community supports that promote integrated physical and mental health wellness
    • Review and audit medication management procedures and teach all ACT staff how to follow and adhere to the procedures
    • Coordinate ACT team medical care in coordination with LMP
    • Ensure all consumers have primary care provider and receive annual physical and dental examinations and maintain prescription schedule
    • Provide individual health counseling as needed
    • Administer IM’s and vaccines, plans and reads PPD’s
    • Transcribe orders and updates Medication Administration Records
    • Monitor vital signs and side effects of medications and reports findings to Team
    • Evaluate, on a continuing basis, nursing intervention and expected outcomes
    • Involve family, significant others, landlord and housing providers in service provision
    • Build in review and evaluation points, and modifies the service plan in the light of feedback from recipients and relevant others
    • Meet monthly required levels of treatment contacts
    • Provide 24-hour emergency and crisis intervention response on rotating, on-call basis
    • Provide at least 80 percent of treatment contacts in the community
    • Complete assessments, progress notes, and significant data
    • Provide culturally competent services in accordance with Sequoia MHS policies and practice
    • Any other duties as required by supervisory and directors.

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org

  • Skills Trainer-Supported Housing

    The Supported Housing Skills Trainer provides habilitative services to Medicaid clients approved for 1915i services. The Skills Trainer collaborates and works closely with participants’ Primary Clinician and clinical team as well as the housing department at Sequoia to ensure clients/ tenants are accessing available resources and participating in their recovery.

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Ensure participant access to a flexible and responsive system of support services that can assist program participants obtain and remain in permanent housing.
    • Provide individualized, client centered services within the context of the recovery model with a focus on recreation, community inclusion and mobility, shopping, community survival skills, communication skills, socialization and adaptive skills;
    • In conjunction with primary clinician, help participants develop and strengthen natural supports and access to community services and programs.
    • Offer participants opportunities for community integration and involvement in community life and citizenship.
    • Work with clinical teams to ensure coordination of care.
    • Facilitate regular and special community meetings with the participants;
    • Provide leadership support to participants in their apartment community and during varied re-integration experience.
    • Coordinate specific client and facility needs with the site staff as appropriate.
    • Other related duties as assigned for the good of clients/tenants served, services and program.

    Education Requirements:

    Must meet qualifications for a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA). Bachelor’s Degree in human/social services field (social work, public or community health, psychology)

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org

  • Residential Counselor

    Sequoia Mental Health Services is actively searching for full-time, part-time, and on-call Residential Counselorfor day, swing, and overnight shifts in our three Washington County 24/7 residential treatment homes.

    A Residential Counselor helps guide adult clients towards their goals of recovery from disabling mental disorders. They are involved in the day-to-day home environment, including assisting clients in learning skills necessary to transition to independent living or a lower level of care, including cooking, cleaning, transportation, activities of daily living, administration of prescribed medication, assisting the skills trainer, attending and facilitating various groups, all while providing direct and indirect services in a manner consistent with the Recovery Model.

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Assists in the implementation of treatment plans and residential service plans.
    • Actively engages with residents in the social environment at all times, unless specifically assigned another task by the supervisor.
    • Provides skills training.
    • Collaborates with all treatment team members.
    • Provides and coordinates social and community integration activities.
    • Administers medication or assists with medication administration as ordered by a licensed medical professional.
    • Provides skills training to complete household tasks.
    • Oversees house safety (fire drills, security of house at night, arbitration of disputes among residents, monitor and report maintenance safety issues, etc.)
    • Provide skills training to ensure that the facility is kept clean, orderly and safe at all times.
    • Provide skills training to ensure cleanliness and safety of individual bedrooms.
    • Provide skills training regarding menu planning, shopping, preparation of meals and kitchen clean up.
    • Provide ongoing therapeutic support during day to day activities.
    • Document all meaningful interactions with residents at the end of each shift according to policy and Oregon Administrative Rules.
    • Responsible for documenting all incidents prior to completion of shifts and notifying supervisor immediately of any critical incident.
    • Must attend all staff meetings.
    • Staff must be awake and alert at all times.
    • Staff will maintain professional boundaries and ethics at all times.

    Qualifications:

    Education/Experience:

    • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
    • Ability to communicate effectively. Ability to apply mental health assessment, treatment and service terminology. Ability to implement skills development strategies, and identify, implement and coordinate the services and supports identified in the Service Plan.
    • Ability to work using Recovery and Person-Centered Strengths principles.
    • Ability to establish effective working relationships with clients, families, natural supports, co-workers, supervisors, community partners and stakeholders.
    • Knowledge and implementation of agency’s organizational structure, standard operating procedures, and policies.
    • Knowledge intervention and treatment methods, strategies and techniques.
    • Ability to work as a multidisciplinary team member in a positive and productive manner. Must be willing to transport clients or meets clients in the community as needed.
    • Ability to convey ideas, concepts and case studies to clients, other clinical staff, families, natural supports, court and other audiences as required.
    • Computer skills, word processing and data entry
    • Must be willing to transport clients and/or meet clients in the community as needed.
    • Valid Oregon Driver’s License and good driving record.

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org

  • Registered Nurse (RN) ACT Team

    The Sequoia MHS ACT team provides non-traditional community based mental health treatment to promote the recovery and community integration of adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders, to reduce use of ERs and inpatient hospital stays. The RN is an integral part of the team, providing health assessment, counseling, and education to promote recovery, wellness, and optimal health. The nurse provides services in the community within the framework of core ACT operating principles, professional nursing ethics, and State and County regulatory guidelines. This is a field-based position and requires at least 80% of services to be provided to consumers in their homes, shelters, primary healthcare providers, and other community settings.

    Essential Job Functions:

    • Primary responsibility for the development of individualized nursing assessments on all program participants. Develop, implement, and evaluate the nursing regimen for recipients.
    • Participate in implementing and maintaining nursing standards
    • Participate in determining resources and policies essential to the delivery of nursing care services
    • Assess medical care needs and other services to support wellness
    • Recommend health objectives for recipients’ service plans
    • Facilitate consumer education on prevention, health, wellness, diet, HIV/AIDS education, smoking cessation and recovery
    • During the assessment obtains information: a) to establish the degree of medical risk, medical care and interventions required to promote positive health outcomes, and b) to lead team in primary care issues
    • Provide education to ACT staff on physical health issues and medical care protocols
    • Act as advocate and liaison for recipients in securing medical care, and other community supports that promote integrated physical and mental health wellness
    • Review and audit medication management procedures and teach all ACT staff how to follow and adhere to the procedures
    • Coordinate ACT team medical care in coordination with LMP
    • Ensure all consumers have primary care provider and receive annual physical and dental examinations and maintain prescription schedule
    • Provide individual health counseling as needed
    • Administer IM’s and vaccines, plans and reads PPD’s
    • Transcribe orders and updates Medication Administration Records
    • Monitor vital signs and side effects of medications and reports findings to Team
    • Evaluate, on a continuing basis, nursing intervention and expected outcomes
    • Involve family, significant others, landlord and housing providers in service provision
    • Build in review and evaluation points, and modifies the service plan in the light of feedback from recipients and relevant others
    • Meet monthly required levels of treatment contacts
    • Provide 24-hour emergency and crisis intervention response on rotating, on-call basis
    • Provide at least 80 percent of treatment contacts in the community
    • Complete assessments, progress notes, and significant data
    • Provide culturally competent services in accordance with Sequoia MHS policies and practice
    • Any other duties as required by supervisory and directors.

    Essential Job Requirements:

    • Registered Nurse (RN) with current Oregon State license
    • At least three years of experience working with adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders

    Please forward: Cover letter of interest and current resume to hr@sequoiamhs.org