State of Oregon Mental Health Therapy Technician (Direct Support Professional) in Salem, Oregon

Mental Health Therapy Technician (Direct Support Professional)



Mental Health Therapy Technician (Direct Support Professional)


$32,508.00 - $45,864.00 Annually


Salem, OR

Job Type



Human Services-Seniors & People with Disabilities

Job Number



10/18/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

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DHS18-1415 - 4 Vacancies

Do you have a passion for ensuring that individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities are well served? Would you like to be part of a high quality frontline care team that will provide outstanding support to help stabilize individuals who are in crisis?

"We are an employer that encourages workplace diversity!"

The Stabilization and Crisis Unit (SACU), which is a program of the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), is currently hiring Direct Support Professionals to work in the Portland, Eugene, Salem, Lebanon and Newberg areas. SACU is seeking compassionate and dedicated individuals for a rewarding career opportunity. There are over twenty community-based behavioral and medical homes located in the Willamette Valley area from Portland to Eugene.

This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates and will be used to fill FOUR (4) Mental Health Therapy Technician (Direct Support Professional) positions. These positions are permanent fulltime and located in Salem. These positions may have shifts that work day, night or weekends.

These positions are represented by a union and includes generous benefits.

The primary purpose of this position is to provide training and assistance for children and adults within the home and the community. This position also maintains the home and property in a safe and sanitary manner.

Some of the duties you may do as a Direct Support Professional:

  • Participate as a positive member of a support team.

  • Provide supports in a person-centered manner and honor the wishes and culture of the individuals supported while maintaining health and safety.

  • Assist individuals with accessing their community and encourage participation in educational and recreational activities.

  • Make observations and document individuals' treatment interventions, behavior, and progress.

  • Administer medications and treatments under the direction of nursing staff and medical professionals.

  • Assist individuals with activities of daily living and hygiene needs which may include personal care, bathing, toileting, and feeding.

  • Utilize a computer to document and track all aspects of care, answer phones, and maintain confidentiality.

  • Provide financial supports as needed, including budgeting, banking, balancing accounts, bill paying, and handling money.

  • Prepare meals and complete housekeeping tasks.

Important Skills to be successful as a Direct Support Professional, include patience, flexibility and ability to deal with demanding situations. Direct Support Professionals work as part of a team of caregivers, and need to have strong interpersonal and communications skills. Regular attendance is an essential requirement of the job.

Working Conditions:

The work conditions include the following:

  • Work site is in a home environment, which is staffed 24 hours/day, seven days/week.

  • Expect work hours and shifts in this position to include any shift, including weekends, nights, and holidays.

  • Must be able to work occasional overtime, required to ensure adequate staffing requirements.

  • Work with combative, unpredictable, argumentative, aggressive children or adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

  • Frequent lifting up to 75 lbs. involving transferring, positioning and moving individuals and/or moving program supplies. Frequent daily squatting, bending, and stooping.

  • Must be able to engage and maintain Oregon Invention System (OIS) approved restraints for one (1) hour or less.

  • Daily exposure to household and sometimes industrial strength cleaning agents.

  • Exposure to a variety of work settings both within the home(s) and the community.

  • Dress in semi-professional work attire as needed (examples: court, family visits, school, etc.).

  • Must be able to speak, read and write in English.

  • Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record.

  • Must be able to accompany individual on hikes, walks, biking, swimming, and other physically demanding activities.

Who Should Apply?

If you are looking for a great opportunity and career as a Direct Support Professional please apply! We look forward to talking with you!

Minimum Qualifications

Eighteen months of experience providing direct patient/client care or training in a related field of human services (i.e., providing assistance to children and adults or groups with issues such as substance abuse, mental and physical disabilities or juvenile delinquency);


An Associate's degree in a related human services field.

  • If you are using education as part or all of your qualifications, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial). Transcripts must be attached at the time of application to receive credit for educational coursework.

Please note: This position does not require a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license and hours worked in this position will not count toward your paid employment for the purpose of renewing your CNA license.

We're looking for professionals who have successfully demonstrated:

  • Ability to provide clear and concise communication and documentation.

  • Ability to work in a team environment (be a team member).

  • Strong problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Experience working with individuals who may experience emotional, behavioral, or physical challenges.

  • Experience using a computer to accurately enter and track personal data.

  • Experience prioritizing a heavy and often changing workload.

  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a professional and timely manner.

Position Requirements

  • Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain an acceptable driving record.

  • A background check of the following will be done for all applicants offered a position: abuse history, criminal history check (this includes fingerprints if needed) and driver's license.

  • The Department of Human Services is a drug free workplace. All applicants will be subject to drug testing for Narcotics, Methamphetamine, Marijuana and other controlled substances. SACU receives funds from the Federal Government and though recreational Marijuana is currently legal in Oregon, federally funded programs, including SACU cannot permit the use of Marijuana.

  • Your driving record must meet the qualifications of the DHS SACU Driving Policy and will be considered unacceptable for offenses, including, but not limited to any misdemeanor or felony traffic offense in the last 24 months.

If you are offered this position, the program will offer training and you must become certified during the 10 day New Employee Orientation class in the following:

  • American Heart Association First Aid/CPR Certification - Requiring you to complete compressions in a kneeling position.

  • Oregon Intervention System Certification (OIS) - Requiring you to get up and down from the floor while maintaining an approved restraint on clients.

  • Medication Administration Certification - Requiring you to demonstrate competency in completing doctor's orders, appropriate passing of medications to clients, appropriate documentation, and appropriate procedures for emergencies.

Applicants that most closely match the minimum qualifications and requested skills will be invited for an interview.

Additional Information

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Information on Veterans' Preference points

Questions and inquiries regarding this recruitment may be directed to:

Cari Stuckart, Workforce Recruitment Consultant

DHS will communicate with all applicants via e-mail.

DHS has a commitment to diversity, multiculturalism and community. We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce that includes members of historically underrepresented groups. The State of Oregon is committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunities.

If you need an alternate format of the application or assistance to participate in the hiring

process please contact our ADA Office at,

If you are offered employment, the offer will be contingent upon the outcome of an abuse check, criminal records check and driving records check, and the information shall be shared with the DHS, Office of Human Resources (OHR). Any criminal or founded abuse history will be reviewed and could result in the withdrawal of the offer or termination of employment.


Core benefits

Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members

  • $5,000 in employee basic life insurance

Retirement benefits

  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP)

  • Employer paid defined benefit and defined contribution programs

**Effective November 1, 2016, SEIU represented employees who are Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating members will have their base salary increased by 6.95%. Upon becoming a PERS participating member, SEIU employees pay the employee 6% contribution to PERS.

Paid leaves and other benefits

  • Sick leave earned at the rate of 8 hours per a month with no maximum accumulation

  • Vacation leave earned at a minimum rate of 8 hours per month with accrual rate increases at 5-year increments

  • 24 hours personal leave earned each fiscal year

  • Ten paid holidays a year

The state also provides access to an innovative Employee Assistance Program that offers work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources.

Optional benefits

  • Term life (employee, spouse or domestic partner, and dependents

  • Long-term and short-term disability

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • Long-term care (self and eligible family members)

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Option to enroll in the Oregon Savings Growth Plan, a deferred compensation program offering a wide variety of investment options.

The following information describes typical benefits available for employees. Actual benefits received may differ by position or branch of government or be prorated for other than full time work.