Mental Health Therapist 1 Underfill Option (Pendleton Cottage) (Evergreen) (Open)

Oregon Health Authority - Pendleton Cottage   Pendleton, OR   Full-time     Mental Health
Posted on September 20, 2022
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Job Description:

The Pendleton Cottage, a division of the Oregon Health Authority, has a fantastic opportunity for a Mental Health Therapy 1 to join an excellent team working to help people recover from their illness and return to their lives in the community. Pendleton Cottage, is a residential care facility with 16 beds. With a focus on person-centered, psychiatric treatment for adults, developing wellness education, and acting as an advocate for residents and their medical needs.


The goal of this recruitment is to fill this position at the Mental Health Therapy 1 level. However, we encourage candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for an Mental Health Therapy Technician to apply, as we may consider under-filling the position until the selected candidate meets the minimum qualifications for an Mental Health Therapy 1 ​. Underfill training will not exceed two years.
What you will do!
The Mental Health Therapist 1, under the supervision of professional staff, participates in the implementation of individual treatment plans that supports the Recovery Model in the State Delivered Secure Residential Treatment Facility, serving high risk/high profile individuals currently residing at Pendleton Cottage. Duties include group and individual therapies, socialization skills, facilitating daily program schedule, as well as responsibility for maintaining the safety and security of residents and staff. This is a direct care floor staff position.


What's in it for you?
We offer a workplace that balances productivity with enjoyment; promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, dedication, and enthusiasm. You will collaborate in an open office with a team of bright individuals to work with and learn from. We offer full medical, vision and dental with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and ten paid holidays per year plus pension and retirement plans. If you're driven by the passion to do something meaningful that changes lives, the Oregon Health Authority is the place for you.

This posting will be used to a fill multiple permanent positions at Pendleton Cottage, and may be used to fill future vacancies. These positions are represented by SEIU.


OHA values health equity, service excellence, integrity, leadership, partnership, innovation and transparency. OHA’s health equity definition is “Oregon will have established a health system that creates health equity when all people can reach their full potential and well-being and are not disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, language, disability, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, intersections among these communities or identities, or other socially determined circumstances. Achieving health equity requires the ongoing collaboration of all regions and sectors of the state, including tribal governments to address: the equitable distribution or redistributing of resources and power; and recognizing, reconciling, and rectifying historical and contemporary injustices.” OHA’s 10-year goal is to eliminate health inequities. Click here, to learn more about OHA’s mission, vision and core values.



  • Two years of experience working with mentally, emotionally, behavioral, or physically impaired clients


  • An Associate's or a Bachelor's degree in social science (such as social work, human services, psychology, child development, gerontology, health, or health education) may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


  • State Residential Treatment Facility (SRTF) Option: Two years of experience working with mentally, behaviorally or physically impaired clients:


  • An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in social science (such as social work, human services, psychology, child development, gerontology, health or health education) may be substituted for 6 months of the required experience.


Underfill Option:

Mental Health Therapy Technician ($3,037 - $4,456)


  • Eighteen months of experience providing customer service, public assistance or related work that demonstrates the ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups with differing needs


  • A Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) registration


  • A two-year Associates degree in human services or a related field


  • Any combination of education and experience that commensurate with the above requirements.


How to apply:

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  • Complete the online application

  • Complete Questionnaire

Please ensure you’ve provided a thorough and updated application as it pertains to the position for which you are applying. Your application materials will be used to determine salary based on a pay equity assessment.  For further information, please visit the Pay Equity Project homepage.


Questions/Need Help?

If you need assistance to participate in the application process, including an accommodation request under the American with Disabilities Act contact Jessica Leedham 971-286-8780 or

Additional Information

  • Please monitor your Workday account, as all communication will be sent to your Workday account. You must have a valid e-mail address to apply

  • If you are a veteran, you may receive preference. Click here for more information about veterans’ preference. If you checked that you are a veteran, we will ask you for your documents later in the process

  • We do not offer VISA sponsorships or transfers at this time – unless specifically noted. Within three days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States

  • 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 Oregon Health Authority (OHA), 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

  • Candidates who are offered employment at the Oregon State Hospital must satisfactorily pass a pre-employment drug test

  • Please only attach documents that are related to the position. Additional documents that are attached will not be reviewed

  • Employees at the Oregon State Hospital may be exposed to the handling, administration, waste and spill cleanup of hazardous medications, which may result in health impacts to the employee

  • Applicants can review the Oregon State Hospital's anti-retaliation notice at

  • Applicant Help and Support webpage

  • Pendleton Cottage requires all employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer.


The Oregon Health Authority is committed to fair employment practices and non-discrimination, including pay equity for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of protected class (race, sex, veteran status, disability, age, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation) in the payment of wages or screen applicants on the basis of their current or past compensation. We determine salary by completing a review of your application materials to evaluate your related education, experience, and training for this position. (critical elements of process).

The Oregon Health Authority is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to work force diversity and anti-racism.