Systems Navigator, Mhasd Forensic Diversion

Multnomah County, Oregon Portland , OR 97228

Posted 2 months ago


This Work Matters!

Come join our team and make a difference huge in the community! We are looking for a dedicated and compassionate team player to help us provide behavioral health services to individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system.

The Systems Navigator position is one of many positions in the Mental Health and Addictions Services Division (MHASD) supporting the Diversion Court Program. MHASD manages resources for adults, adolescents and children with addictive disorders and mental illness. This position will be located in the downtown Justice Center.

The essential functions of the Diversion Court Program is to provide linkage to services in the community; identify clients that may be eligible for pre-sentencing release or linkage upon release from incarceration. Serve adults in the community justice system that have been identified as ordered to treatment via restoration under 161.365 or 161.370 of the Oregon criminal code; provide, when appropriate, community restoration for those court ordered a 161.370; track and provide linkage services to those individuals court ordered a 161.370 and transported to the Oregon State Hospital.

As a Systems Navigator, you will be responsible for but not limited to the following:

Providing Liaison and Coordination of Services:

  • Screen, provide and directly facilitate referrals for mental health, chemical dependency and social service needs.

  • Meet with clients according to their court level and/ or as needed to engage and promote compliance with court orders or treatment recommendations.

  • Provide engagement, transition, support and community linkage services for defendants selecting to participate in the Forensic Diversion Program or Mental Health Court.

Transitional Services:

  • Providing consultative services to facilitate discharge planning or resolution of charges.

  • Serve as a legal and community resource for the medical/psychiatric system.

  • Serve as internal consultant to other Behavioral Health Programs within Multnomah County by providing professional/community education.

Criminal Justice/Corrections Interactions and Intercepts:

  • Participate in court staffings 2 - 4 times a month.

  • Providing consultative services to facilitate discharge planning or resolution of charges.

  • Provide 1:1 support to assist clients in complying with community treatment recommendations.

  • Provide a strong working relationship and communication with community partners; and be present at and participation in team meetings, community staffing and client meetings with community supports.

Diversity and Inclusion: At Multnomah County, we don't just accept difference; we value it and support it to create a culture of dignity and respect for our employees. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. To Qualify

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

Education/Training: Equivalent to an Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social science, behavioral science, or related field; AND

Experience: Three (3) years of case management work experience in a behavioral health setting.


  • Candidate is a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA).

  • Experience working in correctional facility, law enforcement, and/or judicial environment.

Other: May require a valid driver license. Employment is contingent on a passing a background investigation.

  • Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position. Screening and Evaluation

The Application Packet:
1.A completed online application
2.Responses to the supplemental questions.

The application and responses to the supplemental question should demonstrate your work experience/skills and how it is related to those shown in the Overview and To Qualify sections of the job announcement. Your application must meet the minimum qualifications. Please be thorough as this section will be scored and determine your eligibility for an interview.

The Selection Process: For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page. We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows:

  • Initial review of minimum qualifications

  • Application and supplemental questions review

  • Phone screen

  • Oral exam

  • Consideration of top candidates

  • Language assessment (if applicable)

  • Background, reference, and education checks

Note: Application information may be used throughout the entire selection process. This process is subject to change without notice. Additional Information

Type of Position: This hourly position is eligible for overtime

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans' preference for this recruitment. Review our veterans' preference website for details about eligibility and how to apply.

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. Please contact the recruiter below in advance to request assistance. Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may contact the recruiter through the Telecommunications Relay Service by dialing 711.


Vi Ton, Recruiter

Health Department
209 SW 4th Avenue, Rm 210, Portland, OR 97204

Disclaimer: This announcement is intended as a general descriptive recruitment guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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Systems Navigator, Mhasd Forensic Diversion

Multnomah County, Oregon