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Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Employee Reviews about "mental health"

Updated Jun 24, 2019

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54%
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Dr. Derald Walker
50 Ratings
Pros
  • "The clients are great to work with(in 9 reviews)

  • "Cascadia also has an extra employee assistance thing that will give you FREE mental health counseling for when you're stressed out(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay, lack of infrastructure, and lack of cultural competency(in 10 reviews)

  • "Pay is low, as with any community mental health agency(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Unhappy"

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

    I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, love working for an organization that does so much good in providing community mental health services and providing housing to those in need.

    Cons

    Our upper manager is the CFO. At our meetings, she talks in run on sentences without a break, sometimes for half hour at a time. Using abbreviations and terminology we don't understand half the time. She keeps telling us she'd like to give us a raise but the company just can't afford it yet and she'd hate to give us a raise, and not be able to support it later and then have to have lay offs. She also said most of...

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    Advice to Management

    Please bring in some competent people to fix the EHR.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2018-08-17
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place, lowish pay"

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    Current Employee - Case Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I loved the people I worked with and the clients

    Cons

    Community mental health so the pay was not competetive

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on work life balance

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2018-03-04
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Would not recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay well for this line of work. The clients are great to work with. Flexibility in schedule. Good amount of paid time off but you are often not allowed to take it due to scheduling and being denied by management. Great experience in the field of mental health.

    Cons

    Managers of residential programs tend to have limited skills and respect for their employees and clients. Managers contribute to the sexual harassment and assault cycle in the work place. The company sees its staff as disposable and are willing to risk their safety for the revenue of dangerous clients. Employees are forced to work double shifts (frozen to stay overnight when you were working a swing shift) and forced...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and make change.

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2017-12-08
  4. Helpful (3)

    "qmha"

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

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

    Pros

    Good out of college job

    Cons

    Everything else. They put quotas. Treat mental health like a commodity

    Advice to Management

    Stop the quotas

    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2017-12-20
  5. 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
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Behind the scenes honest truth"

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

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

    Pros

    + The coworkers you'll have are genuinely good people. If you ask them for help and be sure to thank them, they'll have your back. Remember, they're definitely NOT there for the money. They're there because they're good people. +Benefits package is literally the kind that can keep you alive. Kaiser makes all my meds affordable and the coverage allows for mental and medical appointments at $20-40 each. Cascadia also has...

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    Cons

    - So far, annual review is a joke. If you did a great job, you get NO raise. I wish I had read the reviews here before I took the job. During my interview, when I was asked to take this job, I was promised I'd have a chance for a raise during annual review. Sadly that turned out to be false. -Favoritism goes unchecked. That's great for you if you are a good butt kisser. Not so great if you have a sense of honor....

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    Advice to Management

    1. Learn how to say thank you every now and again. Would it kill you to give out a starbucks giftcard to the people who stick their neck out and give up sleep to help cover shifts? At least bring some donuts for the staff as snacks sometimes. Goodness! 2. Implement company wide traditions that make work more fun. Why not a winter holiday party? A potluck or white elephant wouldn't cost a dime. A quarterly donut day would...

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    Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2017-10-02
  7. "One of the better agencies in Portland"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare full-time

      Pros

      Cascadia is certainly trying get to the top of the market rate in terms of salaries.

      Cons

      Pay is low, as with any community mental health agency.

      Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2017-02-01
    • Helpful (2)

      "Former counselor"

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      Former Employee - Social Worker in Newberg, OR
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

      Pros

      Caring co workers, supportive management, interesting work, rewarding, benefit package ok, paid mileage if using own car, good stepping stone in my career. Clients were great

      Cons

      Low pay, wish the benefits were a bit better, really only got COLA raises, not for merit. Not their fault it's community mental health so minimal funds.

      Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare2017-01-18
    • 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....

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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
    • 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
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