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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Residential Counselor II Reviews

Updated Nov 4, 2017

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Dr. Derald Walker
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I have grown here and feel supported by my supervisors and coworkers. The benefits are phenomenal / affordable medical and generous time off."

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are very generous in the way of paid time off and excellent medical care. Double time paid on holidays, extra bonuses for working a double.

    Cons

    Well what to say in 20 words. Pay is competitive, even though this field pays notoriously low, but this agency still pays more than some others.

    Advice to Management

    Boundaries could be more clear in the role of harm reduction in order to create therapeutic value in the milieu.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2014-11-02
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Decent Entry-Level Jobs"

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Working with marginalized individuals -Helps develop an understanding of why the mental health system does and doesn't work. -A relatively safe environment to develop an understanding of the interplay between socioeconomic issues and mental health in.

    Cons

    -Could not care less about its entry-level employees. -Doesn't make efforts to invest in/retain good employees. -Doesn't offer performance/term-based raises. You will always make the same amount of money as someone with identical credentials who has been newly hired.

    Advice to Management

    Expanding the availability of services doesn't matter if you aren't investing in making the services effective. Stop opening new sites and focus on employee training, pay, and support. Constant employee turnover is economically costly to the company and emotionally costly to the clients. By not valuing hard working employees properly, you will inevitably lose them to employers that will.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2017-11-05
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Unprofessional, Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor II in Wood Village, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

    Pros

    An okay foot in the door for mental health. PTO was generous, but had to be taken as convenient to management. Extremely difficult to be fired, even intentionally sleeping during your shift comes with zero consequences.

    Cons

    When you're in the ECFs, you're not so much a clinician as you are a babysitter/billing machine. No self-respecting behavioral health provider would impose "quotas" and stretch the truth as far as Cascadia does to make money. They've faced several Medicare fraud suits due to dishonest and poor billing practices and nearly went under in 2008 for this very thing. Supervisors are poorly trained, if at all. The morale of...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire better management Watch your billing practices Keep a better eye on credentials Stop hiring people without the proper background Improve HR by cross training Figure out something to do about the terrible morale that appears prevalent across several facilities and programs.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-08-01
  4. Helpful (5)

    "No raises. Weird structure. Nice people does NOT mean effective people."

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people here. Steady work. Busy busy, you won't get bored! PTO is good. Use it. Get only enough health insurance for yourself. Trust me. It's good. What they do is crucial. Very focused on treating patients well. Good choice if you are single, straight out of college or living with mom n dad. Ample training. One week plus on the job with a guide. Certain managers are stellar. Talk to them. They care. The...

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    Cons

    Crises do happen. Please be ready. Even if you have a 4 year degree, pay is just not competitive. Raises are nonexistent. Don't get your hopes up when they say you'll be up for a "review" next year. There is no way to promote you because there is no structure. Your boss would have to give you his job, literally. That's the only way you'll get a promotion. Raises if they ever happen are RANDOM and NOT based on...

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    Advice to Management

    Ask the actual supervisors on the floor who should get raises and who should not. Reward the new promising ones quick before they figure out how things really work around here...

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-04-17
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

    Pros

    Cool Coworkers Important Work Opportunities to Connect with Clients

    Cons

    Critical, condemning and non-supportive work environment low-ish pay (not bad for the field however) Dangerous due to poor management

    Advice to Management

    Do not encourage a gossipy and non-supportive work environment nor one that encourages workers to put themselves in danger. This is hard work.. support your employees!

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2015-11-02
  6. Helpful (2)

    "residential behavioral healthcare"

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great healthcare and paid time off benefits.

    Cons

    workplace culture varied widely between locations and changed drastically when my supervisor changed

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2015-09-08
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare"

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    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.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2015-05-06
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Loved the clients, Awful exp with supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for less than a year

    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.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2015-03-20
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Mediocre but serves a purpose"

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    Current Employee - Residential Counselor II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    *Known provider of mental health services (semi decent reputation in the community) *Lots of free training *Large amount of PTO as well as extended illness bank accrual *Very good health benefits, mandatory unless the employee has other coverage and price dependent on full time eligibility *Great co-workers who are generally committed to helping people recover from symptoms of persistent and severe mental illness...

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    Cons

    *Severely lacking middle management, a regular Joe doesn't get enough exposure to upper management to even know how competent they are, but they appear to be exceedingly self-congratulatory *Employees are treated per the title of their position and relationship to their boss, not their true achievements nor potential *Company still recovering from crisis of 2008-very few raises, little room to negotiate salary *Some...

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    Advice to Management

    Many of us are thrilled that Cascadia is even still in business. In that sense, the bar is not set very high, and given that we have many exceptional people on board it seems extremely unfortunate that they should be bogged down with low standards and unprofessional peers. I'm not sure how it is known that morale is so abysmal except through sites like these but I can confirm it's true. When you get an earful about how...

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    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2013-07-23
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