Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

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Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Mental Health

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Skills Trainer
    Current Employee - Skills Trainer

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great clients, great coworkers, care about diversity

    Cons

    underpaid, overworked, high turnover, lack of support for direct care providers

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep employees. High turnover


  2. Helpful (1)

    Qhma 2

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Mental Health Associate (QMHA)II in East Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Quality Mental Health Associate (QMHA)II in East Portland, OR

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There was a lot of dedicated staff and hard working with clients and other staff. There was some good supervisors that worked hard. and knew what they were doing. A lot of staff worked but became burned out and moved on.

    Cons

    There were some supervisors who vindictive and should not work with a goat,because the goat is to smart.for them. The upper echelon should control their supervisors more, because at some facilities are out of control and they have no clue what is going on.If you are not in the clique you will be ostricised and your job atmosphere will become miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Watch your supervisors more closely. Some of those leaders have more problems than the clients and are very vindictive to line staff and this causes the burn-out at one secure unit unnamed.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Do not work here!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QMHP
    Former Employee - QMHP

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Guaranteed hours for licensure due to LARGE case load, plenty of paid time off, which is frowned upon if you take.

    Cons

    Where do I start? High turnover, from upper management to support staff. Lack of communication and follow-through between upper management and CEO. Upper management often answers with, "that's just the way it is." High stress with high risk clients, low pay, high burnout, unorganized agency, overall sense that you're just a warm body, easily replaceable, toxic work environment, too many clients not enough time to see them, understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure they care, or will understand the advice I have to give. So it's useless.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Program Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard workers, Great clients, Dedicated leadership, good opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Pay isn't reflective of effort or staff value

    Advice to Management

    Keep advocating for the needs of clients


  6. Helpful (3)

    Admin Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compassion for clients is true!

    Cons

    Staff are micro managed. Favoritism exists for positions. One staff person was promoted because her best friend was in the position to do so. Staff are promoted to supervisor positions that have no experience that is required in the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the trainings you provide and practice what you preach. Provide good examples instead of parading that you are more important than the staff that get the job done!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always hiring, they're making some changes that could be decent, ok benefits/pay. Good foot in the door for mental health. Non direct care positions don't seem so bad.

    Cons

    Administration. So much of it and it's a joke. Management is famously awful. Prepare for burnout and little recognition for a tough job in the lower levels.

    Advice to Management

    Where does the care start? Is it gonna trickle down someday? Because getting little support when dealing with acute folks is not gonna keep good people around.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Loved the clients, Awful exp with supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Loved the residents that I worked with. There were certainly days that were tougher than others, but I really enjoyed working with all of them and still miss them and think about them often.

    Cons

    Pay is not equivalent to the work expected from the employees (though this is a general problem in this field of work). The checks and balances in place for supervisory staff are poor if not completely lacking. Expectation levels are not clearly outlined until you are being written up for not meeting them.

    Advice to Management

    Standardization across how employees are treated and how expectations are conveyed would go a long way in avoiding issues at individual residence programs throughout the company.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Awful management, very disorganized.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Though my job title is "residential counselor," my basic responsibilities consisted of mopping and doing laundry for clients who should've been placed in a much higher level of care. Their idea of "transitional" residency consists of keeping clients for decades while not helping them prepare for the real world at all.

    Cons

    The challenges are many, they overwork their employees. PTO is generous but you never get a chance to use it. Once I was asked if I could stay to cover a coworker's shift, next thing I knew I had worked 24 hours straight with no overtime pay.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for advancement, pay competitive salary and don't use misleading job titles to create an air of importance when they're effectively doing nothing.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Cascadia is a fantastic agency!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented, dedicated, hard-working staff (line-staff to leadership). Very difficult work done by people who really care about our clients, the community and each other. Able to navigate growing pains thoughtfully. Cascadia is like a little town, with a variety of personalities, cultures and experience and it is inspiring to be part of a community, like Cascadia, that doesn't shy away from difficult situations or opportunities to grow intrinsically. I would say that the people of Cascadia are the kind of people who WILL make the world a better place. In fact, Cascadians ARE making the world a better place! Leaders value all staff and are working hard to make sure each and every Cascadian feels it!

    Cons

    My cons are about society not providing enough funding and compassion to organizations like Cascadia who are on the front line working to improve individual lives of people suffering from mental illness and/or addiction and in doing so, Cascadia is strengthening the community. I find it appalling that groups like Cascadia and its community partners have to chase the same money leaving someone unable to provide necessary services.

    Advice to Management

    Keep enhancing/strengthening communication (its making a difference!), keep focused on equity and inclusion (it matters, its relevant and we're grateful for this work), keep visiting sites and getting to know staff (we feel great when we see you!)... keep being innovative and courageous!


  11. Helpful (4)

    QMHA

    Current Employee - QMHA in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - QMHA in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent paid time off. Insurance is reasonable.

    Cons

    Minimal if any cost of living raises. Not enough guidance to assist line staff in working directly with people who have severe mental illness. Supervision is sparse and irregular.

    Advice to Management

    Train staff as much as you can who are interacting with clients the most and include line staff in decisions.



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