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Mental Health Specialist III

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Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Mental Health Specialist III
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Other
Department UBHC-Supported Housing

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 Specialist III for the Residential Housing Department at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.
The primary purpose of the Mental Health Specialist III is to ensure the safety of residents and assist them in carrying out activities of daily living.

• As required by individual program, assumes direct care responsibilities for consumer/resident and provides crisis intervention, psycho-education, skills building, and educational services as identified by individual program.
• Engages consumer/residents in appropriate treatment interventions based on Service Plan and supervisory directive.
• Provides services and interventions that promote consumer/resident strengths, develops the independence and sense of autonomy of all consumer/residents.
• Provides crisis prevention interventions as directed by supervisor in response to consumer/residents crisis.
• Conducts rounds and documents as per supervisory directive.
• Drives consumers to shopping, recreation activities and Self Help meetings.
• Coordinates with supervisor and residential staff to implement residential service plan goals for residents.
• Educates residents in skill development and healthy living.
• Monitors the self administration of medication in accordance with unit procedures.
• Completes all forms, residential logs, medication records, incident reports, and correspondence as per regulatory requirement and as directed by supervisor.
• Collaborates effectively with other staff members, referral sources, other service providers, and social support networks to provide services and rehabilitative care for consumer/residents and families as required by program.
• Regularly attends and participates in in-service meetings and other designated training events that will enhance service delivery skills and maintain best practices as identified by individual program.

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift Rotating
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 1775
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 20.540
Annual Mid Range Salary 21.040
Annual Maximum Salary 21.670
Standard Hours 40.00
Union Description Teamsters, Local 97
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 PERS


Minimum Education and Experience

• Three years of full-time paid experience in the mental health field or two years of college majoring in a relevant social or health care field, plus one year of full-time experience in the mental health field.

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

• The position requires walking and climbing stairs throughout the residence during the course of the shift to confer with residential clients and staff. In a scattered site setting, provides outreach in the community in the consumer’s home located throughout the county. The employee is expected to drive throughout the week to locations in the community – to grocery stores, 12 Step Meetings and recreational activities. Weights of up to 25 lbs. may need to be lifted.

• The work environment is located in community based housing that may include suburban type ranch housing, clustered apartment building or high rise apartment building, between two floors. Crisis intervention required at times. Subject to unpredictable situations, patient crises, both medical and psychiatric. Occasionally exposed to patients exhibiting assaultive behaviors. Exposure to bloodborne pathogens that requires use of personal protective equipment. May be exposed to varying or extreme temperatures.

Special Conditions

• Multiple positions available.
• Valid driver’s license required.

Posting Details

Posting Number 17ST3046
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 at least three years of full time paid experience in the mental health field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least two years of college, majoring in a relevant social or health care field, plus one year of full time experience in the mental health field?
    • 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