Residential Associates

Company: ColumbiaCare Services

Open: 2019-08-02T00:00:00

Status: ft

Wage / Salary: 16 / hr


We offer a retention bonus of $250 after 6 months of continuous employment and $500 after 1 year of continuous employment. *Applies to regular FT employees, pro-rated for part-time. 

About Us 
ColumbiaCare Services is a non-profit, mental health treatment agency offering a full spectrum of behavioral health care. We are more than a company. We are a team of people who are in the business of changing people's lives. We specialize in providing outpatient services, residential treatment programs, mental health housing, and affiliated services for individuals living with mental illness. We are also proud to serve Veterans. 

About the Program 
Creekside RTF is a mental health Residential Treatment Facility serving men and women in 9 residential beds and 3 short term crisis resolution beds. This program provides 24/7 quality residential care in a nurturing environment with the emphasis on recovery and re-integration into the community. 

Pay & Benefits 
Starting at $16.00 per hour/DOE and QMHA credentials. An additional $1.50 per hour graveyard shift differential will apply during the work hours of 10:00pm - 6:00am. ColumbiaCare offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees, which includes: Medical/Dental/Vision coverage, 9 paid Holidays per year (eligible immediately), substantial Sick and Vacation accrual (12 days per year each), 403b Retirement Plan with a generous 6% company match immediately vested, Flexible Spending Account, Wellness Benefit of $400 per year and Company Paid Life Insurance Policy for employees. Our organization is qualified for federal student aid public service loan forgiveness program.


About the Positions 
We have Full-Time openings for the Residential Associate position at our Creekside RTF program in The Dalles, Oregon. If you have experience working as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), Residential Assistant (RA), Residential Counselor, Skills Trainer, or Caregiving for a client experiencing severe mental illness, then this position might be a good fit for you. 

Work Schedules: 
Thursday-Sunday 7am-5:30pm (Day) <OR> 
Sunday-Wednesday 12pm-10:30pm (Swing) <OR> 
Wednesday-Friday 10pm-7:15am & Saturday 7pm-7:15am (NOC) 

This position requires that applicants have the ability to work as a member of a direct care team serving adults with severe and persistent mental illness; to support the development of life skills and therapeutic interventions; perform housekeeping and meal preparation; medication administration; and keep accurate clinical documentation. In addition, while we are an organization that does not practice seclusion or restraint, we do still require our direct care staff to successfully complete our Verbal and Physical Intervention (VPI) crisis de-escalation training, which includes performing various physical, evasion and safety maneuvers in class.


PREFER State of Oregon QMHA credentials are met by one of our following criteria: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, or Human Development; 
  2. OR minimum THREE (3) YEARS verifiable mental health experience working with Severe Persistent Mental Illness population in a supervised social service setting; 
  3. OR equivalent combination of behavioral science education in addition to satisfactory supplemental mental health experience and training 

The new OARs currently in development by the OHA will include the requirement for all unlicensed QMHPs and QMHAs to obtain certification through the Mental Health & Addictions Certification Board of Oregon (MHACBO). At this time, they are offering a grandparenting window for those currently working in these roles. 

QMHA Certification: Grandparenting with a Bachelor’s Degree: 
Previously qualified QMHAs with a baccalaureate degree and 1,000 clinical experience hours (6 months of full-time work in a state approved program) can grandparent into QMHA Basic Certification (QMHA-C). Mental Health Interns qualified as QMHP operating under a variance with an agency collaborative education agreement must register as QMHAs. If you are certified as a peer or a CADC and you are designated as a QMHA, performing QMHA duties, you will need to be certified as a QMHA through MHACBO. 

QMHA Certification: Grandparenting without a Bachelor’s Degree: 
Previously qualified QMHAs without a baccalaureate degree in behavioral health sciences, and 4,000 clinical experience hours (2 full time years of work in a state approved program) can grandparent into QMHA Basic Certification. 

This link will take you to the website to begin your application process:
This link will take you to an informative video: 

Successful applicants MUST also have a valid Oregon driver’s license, maintain a safe driving record, and the ability to pass a DHS criminal background check. 

ColumbiaCare gives special preference to veterans and individuals who have personal lived experience with mental illness. 


For more details about on how to apply, please visit our website and/or view our CAREER CENTER page at Our employment opportunities are listed by region, select REGION.

EEO & Affirmative Action Statements

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and we give priority to applicants that qualify under protected veteran status.