Behavioral Health Clinician

Northwest Regional Council

NWRC is the only Washington State Area Agency on Aging that offers state of the art in-home behavioral health therapy to our most vulnerable aging population. We are seeking a passionate Behavioral Health Clinician to join our innovative and growing behavioral health team in our Mount Vernon office.


Northwest Regional Council (NWRC) is a multi-service agency that covers the Washington counties of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom, with offices in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, Washington.  NWRC’s slogan: “Human services with you at the center” encapsulates its focus on creating new solutions to navigate the challenges of aging and disability, proactive paths to behavioral health and recovery, and new partnerships between healthcare and social services.


NWRC identified a need for the aging population to receive behavioral health services within the comfort of their home and responded to that need by establishing the program in 2018. The behavioral health program remains the only one of its kind among Washington State’s Area Agencies on Aging and has grown from 3 clinicians to 11. The program continues to evolve rapidly, most recently offering substance use therapy.


Our dedicated clinicians provide in-home personalized care and psychotherapy to their clients, which amounts to 20 hours per week of billable services (approximately 4 sessions per day). NWRC clients often receive services from multiple programs NWRC offers, which allows clinicians to engage and collaborate with other social services professionals at NWRC to build a comprehensive care plan that truly places the client at the center. The behavioral health team is collectively working towards geriatric mental health certification that each clinician will have added to their individual certifications when completed.

Interested in participating in agency initiatives beyond the behavioral health program? Join one of NWRC’s various committees, including the marketing, equity, wellness, or safety committees.

Not yet licensed? No problem. Clinicians are encouraged to build their skills through training opportunities, professional development and obtaining independent licensure by taking advantage of our onsite clinical supervision at no expense to the employee.



10-Step pay range dependent on licensure:

·   $32.89 – $42.91 hourly – Clinicians with an AA, LICSWA, LMFTA or LMHCA

·   $34.24 – $44.68 hourly – Clinicians with a LICSW, LMFT or LMHC

As a full-time, permanent, non-exempt role, this position is eligible for the following benefits:

·     100% Employer paid Medical, Dental, Vision for Employee & Dependents, with multiple plan options, including voluntary medical buy-up options

·     Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS 2 or PERS 3)

·     100% Employer paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employee & dependents

·     Life and Long-term Disability insurance, including voluntary buy-up options

·     Vacation Leave, accrued at 8hrs/month & increasing with longevity

·     Sick Leave, accrued at 8hrs/month

·     12 Paid Holidays Annually

·     3 Paid Wellness Days Annually

·     Voluntary Flex Spending Plans for health and/or child/elder care

·     Voluntary Deferred Compensation Program

·     Alternative work schedules

·     Hybrid work environment

·     $200 annual reimbursement for WA State Department of Health licensure fees


*NWRC offers individual clinical supervision toward licensure onsite at no expense to the employee*



Obtain required materials from or by contacting Human Resources at (360) 676-6749. Please submit all application materials, a cover letter and resume to or by visiting our offices. A copy of the complete job description is provided on our website.




·   Master’s degree in behavioral or health sciences, or related field, required.

·   2 years’ experience providing direct human services to clients, preferably in a community setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·   Demonstrated ability to assess client needs with consideration of the values of diverse groups.

·   Demonstrated knowledge and experience with evidence-based practices, or interest and ability to learn.

·   Ability to establish a therapeutic alliance with a wide range of clientele in the Medicaid system.

·   Ability to work effectively with individuals with complex needs and multi-system involvement.

·   Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, community agencies, and the general public, using courtesy and tact.

·   Ability to maintain a positive, solution-focused demeanor when responding to conflicts or problems.

·   Skill and/or fluency in speaking other languages, i.e., Spanish or Russian, is desired.

Licenses/Certificates/Special Requirements:

·   Valid and current Department of Health credential as a:

o   Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or

o   Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or,

o   Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or Equivalent field, OR

o   An Associate working towards licensure in one of the above fields, OR

o   Agency Affiliated

Note: Individuals who do not already hold a license or associate license through the WA DOH must submit an Agency Affiliate Counselor Application and be approved by the DOH.

·   Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license, a vehicle available for work-related travel, and appropriate liability insurance.



NWRC’s values are centered on the concepts of respect, inclusiveness, and striving to foster a healthy work environment for all employees. With these values in mind, we will do our part to support and further diversity, equity, and inclusion not only in our workplace, but in our communities. Toward this goal, we invite candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives to apply and help shape the future of NWRC.

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