Job Description:

Developmental Disabilities Abuse Investigator

Do you enjoy living in smaller rural communities? Love the coast? Bring your career to a coastal community mental health provider while helping people live their best lives! 


The Developmental Disabilities team has an opening for a full time Abuse Investigator.  This position will conduct abuse investigations for individuals in Developmental Disability (DD) and Mental Health (MH) services at Provider locations. The Developmental Disability Program provides specialized services to meet the unique needs of those living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our program serves children and adults throughout the county, partnering with service providers and government agencies to offer the education and resources needed to help give every member of our community the opportunity to live well.

Essential Functions/Major Responsibilities:

  • Complete Core Competency training as required by Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigations (OAAPI).
  • Attend DD and MH Abuse Investigator Quarterly meetings in person at least once/year; others by Skype or phone.
  • Screen and document all allegations of abuse to determine if an investigation is warranted.
  • Complete a SI form for all allegations of abuse and determine whether the allegation will be screened out from further investigation (County Review) or screened in (Abuse Investigation).
  • Conduct Abuse Investigation per OTIS guidelines and Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS).
  • Use OTIS designated forms and systems to conduct Abuse Investigations.
  • Ensure Protective Services are provided to each individual who is alleged to have been abused.
  • Enter allegation details into DD Database.
  • Complete quarterly report summary and review with all DD staff.
  • All staff are Mandatory Abuse Reporters per the State of Oregon, and as such all staff must be aware of and follow Mandatory Abuse Reporting policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the public service system for Developmental Disability services in Oregon.
  • Must have, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, Social Science, or a closely related field; or a Bachelor’s Degree in any field AND one year of human services related experience; or an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Science, Social Science, or a closely related field AND two years’ human services related experience; or three years of human services related experience.
  • In addition, a minimum of 5 years’ experience is required.
  • Staff member must participate in a minimum of 20 hours per year DHS sponsored or other training in the area of developmental disabilities. Abuse Investigator must participate in additional 20 hours per year of required training.
  • Skilled at working as a member of an interdisciplinary team and completing required documentation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Full professional fluency in English.
  • Strong attention to detail, highly organized and ability to multitask from anywhere in the service region.
  • Articulate well, speak precisely, and think and write clearly.
  • Required to have and maintain an Oregon or Washington Driver’s license and meet the agency’s insurance carrier’s insurance standards at the time of hire. 


  • Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and importance of maintaining confidentiality.
  • Skilled at remaining calm in stressful situation and de-escalating potential aggression from clients.
  • Skilled at leading and facilitating groups.
  • Skilled at conducting training in groups.
  • Ability to learn and adopt the policies and procedures of the agency.
  • Flexibility to travel throughout community and work at off-site locations including homes, schools, non-profit partner agencies, etc.


For full time employees, benefits include: Medical (minimal premium cost to employee), Dental (Employer Paid), Vision (employer paid), 403B Retirement (5% employer contribution after 1 year of employment), Life Insurance (Employer Paid), Short-term Disability (Employer Paid), and Employee Assistance Program. Dependents covered on medical, dental and vision at cost to employee.  12 paid holidays and 22 days of PTO years 1-3, increases after year 3. PTO accumulation starts at hire and is available for use as accumulated.  Employees are eligible for elective training reimbursement of ($500/yr for unlicensed clinicians and $1000/yr for licensed clinicians.) Client also offers sabbatical of 22 days after 10 years of service and annual elective training fund that includes 5 paid days for training. Relocation assistance, supervision towards licensure available.

Please send your resume and cover letter to Tonya Christensen, Senior Recruiter. EOE

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