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Mental Health Clinician III

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Clinician III
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
Department UBHC-Acute Psych Svs (Aps)-PISC

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 Mental Health Clinician III for the Department of Acute Psychiatric Services at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. Reports to the Clinician Supervisor.

The primary purpose of the Mental Health Clinician III position is to perform psychiatric emergency services, screening, and screening outreach assessments as well as other mental health services. Demonstrate competence in providing generic crisis assessment of individuals of all ages (birth through 65+ years) and in determining the need for any additional professional consultation. Demonstrates competence in devising an appropriate intervention/disposition plan.

• Identifies the appropriate level of care disposition from skill based knowledge of DSM-IV criteria, clinical expertise and departmental criteria.
• Involves person, family, significant other in developing a plan for disposition and explains referral/disposition to person served in a clear and supportive fashion.
• Follows unit policies in the reporting of child abuse and neglect and situations of impending danger to the appropriate persons and/or agencies.
• Serves assigned shifts providing on-site, outreach screening and commitment evaluations in an effective and skillful manner.
• Collaborates with medical staff to make the best assessment, provide highest quality care and develop an appropriate screening outcome in accordance with professionally accepted standards.
• Provides coordination and on-site interaction with outside/other agencies involved in the screening process (e.g. police, state hospital, DCPP, Children’s System of Care, Emergency Rooms and other UBHC Programs.)
• Maintains appropriate clinical records in a timely manner.
• Maintains comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of eligibility and admission criteria for units, programs and contracts served by the department.
• Assists Clinician Supervisor in daily operations of the Department.
• Regularly attends and participates in in-service meetings and other designated training events that will enhance clinical skills, as documented by continuing education reports.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week 37.5
Daily Work Shift Day
FLSA Exempt
Grade 22S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 51983.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 62853.000
Annual Maximum Salary 73723.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description HPAE, Local 5094
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

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

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


Minimum Education and Experience

• Requires a Master’s degree in a mental health related discipline and licensure to practice, as required by New Jersey state laws governing the discipline.
• Applicants possessing a degree in Social Work must have an active New Jersey certification/licensure, as required by the State Board of Social Work.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Eligibility for certification as a Psychiatric Screener in the state of New Jersey, is required.

Preferred Qualifications

• One year of post-master’s experience in a psychiatric setting, is preferred.

Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

• This position requires time spent driving to designated facilities or performing mobile outreach to interview clients and coordinate with staff, families, law enforcement, community programs and others. Moderate physical effort (lift/carry up to 25 pounds or more). Frequently walks, bends, stretches, lifts, pushes and pulls. Manual dexterity and mobility for charting and use of electronic resources. Lifts supplies/equipment/charts/patients. Sitting while interviewing clients; may sit up to several hours in one place. Frequent use of telephone for crisis calls. Ability to participate in emergency physical interventions with patients including escort, restraint and seclusion, is required.

• The work environment for this position varies (i.e. settings include office, community agencies and screening sites.)Some screening sites may be located in busy hospital emergency rooms. May be exposed to infections and contagious diseases. Subject to varying and unpredictable situations. Handles emergency or crisis situations. May be exposed to varying or extreme temperatures.

Special Conditions

• Must have a valid driver’s license.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST2645
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)
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 minimum of a Master's degree in a mental health related discipline and licensure to practice as required by New Jersey state laws?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have any Post Master's experience in a psychiatric setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Are you eligible for certification as a Psychiatric Screener in the state of New Jersey?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

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