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Habilitation Counselor

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Habilitation Counselor
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare
Department UBHC-Acute Treatment-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 Habilitation Counselor for the Middlesex Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services Program at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

Provides assessments for the Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (CMRSS) program in Middlesex County that meet quality and quantity standards within UBHC and the Department of Children and Families/Division of Children’s Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS). Performs functions in support of the UBHC mission providing streamlined, prompt, and “consumer friendly” crisis response services. Receives telephone requests for service, undertakes crisis assessment of the service needs of the client or customer, responds by outreach to the family, assesses the youth and family strengths and current crisis situation, makes appropriate referrals for time-limited stabilization services, monitors effectiveness of services and makes linkages for aftercare. Demonstrates competency in recognizing the unique needs and applying relevant crisis stabilization approaches for children and adolescent and their families.

• Ensures that telephone contacts with clients or family members occur in an appropriately courteous, helpful fashion as observed by a supervisor.
• Responds to families telephone referrals, inquiries, and other contacts with professionals, outside agencies and other parties in a professional and cordial manner, per caller feedback and as observed by a supervisor.
• Maintains comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of eligibility and admission criteria for units and programs served by the CMRSS program, as observed by supervisor.
• Obtains crisis assessment information in accordance with CMRSS protocols and accurately and appropriately inputs data in unit’s information system, as observed by supervisor.
• Provides face to face interventions in the community including, but not limited to, families’ homes, schools, group homes, foster homes, shelters, and the detention center, as observed by supervisor.
• Customizes and manages stabilization services for each individual children and family.
• Organizes transition and discharge from crisis services, connecting to ongoing services and family support groups.
• Acquires familiarity with agencies in Middlesex County that provides services to children, adolescents and their families that can provide crisis stabilization services and providing ongoing support/resources for the family.
• Participates in in-house and external training programs provided through DCBHS that enhances mental health skills, as appropriate, to individual and unit needs, as documented in continuing education record and as observed by supervisor.
• Performs other related duties as required.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week 37.5
Daily Work Shift Rotating
FLSA Exempt
Grade 19S
Position Salary 45,799.00
Annual Minimum Salary 45799.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 55202.500
Annual Maximum Salary 64606.000
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

• Bachelor’s Degree in a behavioral health or related human services field plus one (1) year of related experience.
• 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

• Maintains DCBHS Crisis Assessment Tool (CAT) certification and re-certification annually.

Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment

• The employee frequently spends time prolonged sitting, talking and listening in groups as well as on the telephone, walks, bends, stretches, and pulls. Per program demand, may have to work long hours, travel within the State and lift up to 10 pounds. Must have the ability to drive and to respond to a family crisis in Middlesex County within one (1) hour when on-call.
• When in the office, generally pleasant working conditions in a clean well lighted quiet to moderately loud setting. Varied when on outreaches to homes and community settings in Middlesex County, with some neighborhoods being considered dangerous. Employee handles phone requests under time and decision making pressure.

Special Conditions

• Must have on-call availability.
• Must have valid driver’s license.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST2789
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 Bachelor's degree in a behavioral health or related human services field plus one year of related experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you currently have a DCBHS Crisis Assessment Tool (CAT) certification?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid driver's license?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

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