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Habilitation Counselor

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Habilitation Counselor
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
Department UBHC-Club/Cherry Hill

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), established in 1971, offers a full continuum of evidence based behavioral health and addiction services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey. UBHC’s 1,060 experienced behavioral health professionals and support staff are dedicated to treatment, prevention, and education. UBHC, one of the largest providers of behavioral health care in the country, has a budget of $260 million and has 15 sites throughout New Jersey. Services are readily accessible and include: inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, screening, crisis stabilization, family/caregiver support, community outreach and case management, supportive housing, supported employment, prevention and consultation, employee assistance programs, and a licensed therapeutic school from preschool through high school. Specialty services include the New Jersey suicide prevention helpline and peer help lines for police, veterans, active military, teachers, mothers of special needs children and child protective service workers. In FY2016, UBHC treated 16,199 consumers, had 24,502 admissions, and touched the lives of 19,441 individual callers through peer support. In addition, UBHC is the primary mental health training resource for the New Jersey departments of Human Services, Children and Families, and Corrections, delivering 16,000 trainings each year.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Habilitation Counselor for the Partial Hospital Program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

The primary purpose of the Partial Hospital Habilitation Counselor position is to provide day-to-day direct care,and individual and group services to consumers, receiving mental health services, who attend the Partial Hospital Program, as directed by the Program Supervisor, in accordance with all regulatory requirements.

• Involves consumers/patients and/or family in jointly formulating treatment/Individualized Recovery Plans, reflecting measurable goals and objectives based on the MD/APN/Clinician assessment, in addition to treatment team recommendations, in accordance with all regulatory requirements.
• Manages termination issues and documentation in an effective and timely manner.
• Researches and develops curriculum and materials for skills development, psycho education, pre-vocational groups.
• Provides services and interventions that promote consumer/patient strengths.Develops the independence and sense of autonomy of all consumers/patients, as evidenced by Recovery Plan development, weekly notes and supervisory observation.
• Provides case management services to a caseload of consumers/patients, to include linkage to all benefits for which the consumer/patient is eligible, coordination of treatment and rehabilitation, liaison with community agencies and discharge planning.
• Provides crisis intervention in response to consumer/patient crisis situations, as monitored by supervisor.
• Completes all documentation within prescribed time frame, as monitored by documentation reports.
• Regularly attends and participates in in-service meetings to enhance counseling/rehabilitation skills,as documented by attendance at these activities.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 19S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 43913
Annual Mid Range Salary 52371
Annual Maximum Salary 61945
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description HPAE, Local 5094
Payroll Designation Banner

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility


Minimum Education and Experience

• Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a human services field, plus one (1) year of experience in providing human services.
• Applicants possessing a degree in Social Work must have an active New Jersey certification/licensure, as required by the State Board of Social Work.
• Equivalent education, experience and/or training may be substituted for the degree requirement.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

•This position requires that the employee spends an extensive amount of time walking throughout the program, standing while facilitating groups throughout the day and bending and talking with consumers throughout the building.

•This position is located in a highly active work environment, with mental health consumer contact throughout the day and ongoing crisis intervention.

•Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.

Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST2464
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Bachelor's Degree in a mental health field or other appropriate human services related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How many years of experience do you have working in the human services field?
    • 0-1
    • 2-4
    • 5-8
    • 8+
  3. * If you possess a degree in Social Work, do you have an active New Jersey certification/licensure as required by the State Board of Social Work?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application