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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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Dr. Derald Walker
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  1. Helpful (4)

    "unhealthy place to work"

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    Former Employee - LPC in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I don't have many pros about Cascadia. Sometimes through the really bad services they provide people might get help. I worked in two of their programs and it was doubtful what mental health was provided. One pro is that from time to time they hire really great people who have a lot of talent and compassion in them. Sadly those people get burned out or realize they are not going to be allowed to provide competent services...

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    Cons

    So many cons. As an employee offering mental health services, there is such a lack of oversight and real mental health happening. Employees are required to work long hours and have case loads that are honestly impossible to handle. When employees try to push back or get support they are often ridiculed or written up for their failures. Salary is also a joke. They messed with my salary so many times asking me each time...

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    Advice to Management

    Actually show that you care about your employees. Stick up for them when you know too much is too much. Advocate for them. Also management needs to remember we are all a team. Mostly though they think they are higher up and act that way. Very superior and condescending.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-10-12
  2. Helpful (2)

    "OK place to work, getting better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is in general excellent. It's particularly good for managers and above. They are very generous with their time off policy. Top down is very, very concerned about how their employees feel...which sometimes isn't that great. Direct compensation is going up.

    Cons

    The usual grind of day to day work puts some folks off, and they don't show up. This forces freezing onto other employees, who get tired and put off, and don't show up... Because they try really hard, sometimes management retains people that absolutely should go.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of dead weight.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-09-02
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Use Caution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Still looks relatively good on resume. Moderate healthcare offered very cheaply, many other benefits. Some fun and decent coworkers and clients. An overall laudable mission. One group of workers just got a huge pay raise.

    Cons

    Favoritism, lack of affordable family coverage, high risk of burnout. Little acknowledgement about it or how to combat it with direct care staff. Passive aggressive communication, a severe disconnect between middle and upper management as well as their charges. Ever changing policies, many unspoken. So much turnover it makes one's job untenable. If you're a QMHP, your caseload will be barely manageable and most clients...

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    Advice to Management

    Use the insight you already have on the employee front. I filled out several employer provided surveys about how I felt about the company and the jist of the results seemed to be "if admin and management is happy, you must be too". Reward long term employees with something better than a take it or leave it mentality.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-09-12
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Over worked and under payed"

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    Current Employee - Quality Mental Health Associate (QMHA) in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

    Pros

    Generous PTO, pretty good health benefits (Kaiser)

    Cons

    For not even $15 an hour there is... Lots of paperwork and suggested quotas for billing for your services (inconsistencies in what is and isn't appropriate to bill for) Monthly case conferences and monthly summaries for clients Constantly understaffed and overworked (getting frozen into the next shift is not uncommon for swing shifters) Threat of assault from clients that is not taken seriously by mgmt when concerns...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay better Ask employees their ideas BEFORE implementing new rules Pay better Be "trauma informed" with employees too Listen instead of getting defensive Pay better

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-09-05
  5. Helpful (3)

    "safety"

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    Current Employee - Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

    Pros

    management pays lip service to the idea of employee safety. There are safety commities that can make recommendations however management does not have to do anything.

    Cons

    No real training on self defense if you take their training and try it if you are attacked you will get hurt. Treatment rooms are not safe no real emergency button, doors open in so you could be trapped, no plan for rescue.

    Advice to Management

    better get real about safety so far you have been lucky. Maybe a Union would help you take this seriously.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-09-26
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Low pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

    Pros

    Great benefits for the employee, great clients

    Cons

    Expensive to add family to insurance. Not enough employees to cover the shifts. Feel pressured to pick up additional shifts.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-08-20
  7. Helpful (5)

    "mental health therapist , qmhp"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

      Pros

      great place to work if you plan to obtain you clinical licensure , lots of client contact

      Cons

      supervisor was a micro manager , much like Oregon in terms of cultural divide, salary does not reflect the stress and work clinicians experience

      Advice to Management

      increase pay

      Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-07-15
    • 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
    • Helpful (5)

      "Portfolio Manager"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

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

      Pros

      Excellent, friendly work environment with room for professional development

      Cons

      Underpaid positions typical in the non-profit world, needs staffing

      Advice to Management

      Pay workforce a higher wage, they make up the soul of the non-profit and truly boosts morale. At least institute merit increases, not just annual percentage increase.

      Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-05-14
    • Helpful (7)

      "Critically Important Services Impacted By Horrible Management"

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      Former Employee - Administrative Billing Specialist in Portland, OR
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time

      Pros

      Cascadia is tasked with providing critical services to the most vulnerable populations. Most of the employees are truly 100% committed to helping these extremely fragile people. There are some really amazing and very hard-working front-line employees in the Administration department. Lots of different locations, lots of different opportunities. Little overtime required (Billing Department) Casual dress is the norm.

      Cons

      Let me qualify my statements by saying that I am morally outraged by the waste and carelessness of this specific company because of the hurting and haunted people that Cascadia is supposed to be treating. IT BROKE MY HEART AND STILL BREAKS MY HEART. Management is a MESS. I have had a dozen jobs with a dozen different companies. This is the very WORST management team I have ever experienced. The upper management at...

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      Advice to Management

      Clean house. Get rid of the management that is taking advantage of the system. Stop taking advantage of City, County, State, and Federal funding resources. Every dollar that goes into the bloated upper management is a dollar taken away from the services that are available to the delicate and marginalized community of people that Cascadia is supposed to be serving.

      Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2016-06-14
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