Crisis Intervention Specialist

Crisis Intervention Specialist

Legacy Health | Portland, OR, 97209, US
Job Type: Full TimeCompensation$36 – $51 per hour

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Crisis Intervention Specialist


Job ID: 22-28457
Type: Regular Full-Time


Relocation assistance available for employees new to Legacy.

In times of crisis, you are there for our patients, their family members and our practitioners. With a supportive approach, you offer short-term, urgent behavioral health services that are focused, effective and patient-driven. Through your use of evidence-based behavioral interventions, you diffuse an often tense situation to bring hope and healing. In short, you exemplify the Legacy mission of making life better for others.

Partnerships in transforming health:

Unity Center for Behavioral Health is a one-of-a-kind center for people facing a mental health crisis. Unity Center features a Psychiatric Emergency Service, where patients receive care by specialists in behavioral health in a calming, non-hospital-like setting. Unity also has inpatient care for adults and teens. It is a collaboration between Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University.


The Crisis Intervention Specialist at Unity Center for Behavioral Health provides primarily patient-centered, trauma-informed, short term, urgent and emergent behavioral health (mental health and addictions) services in adult and pediatric emergency settings across the health continuum. Works both independently and collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Provides behavioral health consultations by supporting or assisting practitioners, family members and patients. Provides focused, effective and evidence-based behavioral interventions. Key services include but are not limited to: brief psychosocial assessment, brief drug and alcohol assessment, crisis intervention, hold assessment, supportive counseling, ED diversion, care coordination and communication with medical team, family, referents, access workers and other community-based providers, and transitions of care/ discharge planning. Incumbents in this job provide a variety of key services in guiding the patient through the continuum of care. This position is specific to Unity Center for Behavioral Health.



Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling or other behavioral health field as required by licensure.


One year of experience diagnosing adults with mental illness in a crisis settings and knowledge of mental health issues.


Ability to independently conduct psychosocial assessments and provide psychosocial treatment to a wide variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, educational and other diverse backgrounds.

Demonstrated strong organizational skills, including an ability to effectively triage patient and family needs, prioritizing clinically urgent and emergent needs.

Ability to engage in patient/family discussions of health care goals and decisions with attention to cultural and health literacy implications.

Demonstrated problem solving skills and the ability to deal effectively with complex situations.

Demonstrated strength in verbal and written communication for effective and appropriate interactions with patients, families, physicians and staff.

Ability to effectively engage in care coordination and transition planning.

Ability to navigate and document in the electronic medical record and effectively utilize basic computer programs.

Knowledge of legal, regulatory and compliance requirements and an ability to be a resource to all team members regarding such issues and knowledge of current health care environment.

Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.


Follows guidelines set forth in Legacy’s Values in Action

Equal Opportunity Employer/Vet/Disabled