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CAHOOTS Crisis Intervention Worker

Requirements:

  1. Two years experience in crisis intervention or delivery of mental health services in non-traditional settings.
  2. Ability to work effectively with a diverse population including impoverished and alienated persons.
  3. Ability to drive and to repeatedly climb in and out of a commercial van, ability to operate a cell phone, police radio and lap-top computer, ability to occasionally lift at least 50 lbs.
  4. Must be able to pass a stringent criminal background check and driving record review, both conducted by the Eugene Police Department.
  5. Current certification in first aid & CPR.
  6. A sense of humor.

Responsibilities:

  1. Work CAHOOTS shifts patrolling the streets and parks of Eugene and Springfield as dispatched by 911.
  2. Assume primary responsibility for making mental health assessments of clients and for providing crisis counseling.
  3. Attend required department and clinic meetings and share in other responsibilities as relevant.
  4. Complete all required trainings, including defensive driver training through the City of Eugene as arranged by White Bird Clinic.
  5. Be commissioned by the City of Eugene as a Transportation Officer to perform the duties set forth in ORS 430.399, i.e., to decide whether to transport an intoxicated person to a treatment facility. In no case will CAHOOTS transport anyone over their expressed objections.
  6. Complete White Bird’s New Volunteer Training within four months of hire.
  7. Complete 6-month probation period.
  8. Other duties as assigned.
  9. Reports to department coordinators.

Hours: up to 40/wk

Wage: $18/hr

White Bird employees are eligible for health benefits at 30 hours/week at the clinic in any combination of paid positions after 3-months of service.

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