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Habilitation Counselor
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 01/16/2022
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Details
Recruitment/Posting Title Habilitation Counselor
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
Department UBHC-Aipu/Aadh P/T Nurses-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 Middlesex Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services at Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.
The Habilitation Counselor 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.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • As part of the CMRSS team, actively participates in ensuring the telephone calls/mobile response requests are handled in an effective and “consumer friendly” manner.
  • Assesses telephone service requests for CMRSS and responds within one (1) hour of Contracted System Administrator (CSA)-established dispatch time in accordance with prescribed CMRSS program procedures.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develops collaborative professional relationships with affiliated crisis stabilization providers.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week 37.5
Daily Work Shift Rotating
FLSA Exempt
Grade 19S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 48357.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 57671.000
Annual Maximum Salary 68214.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description HPAE, Local 5094
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft
Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.
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 and one (1) year 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.

  • Must obtain the Children’s System of Care (CSoC) Crisis Assessment Tool (CAT) certification within six (6) months of employment and the Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) certification within eighteen (18) months of employment.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Special Conditions
  • Must maintain active certifications annually.
  • Must be available for on-call.
  • This position is grant-funded.

Posting Number 22ST0184
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)
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