Rutgers University Habilitation Counselor in New Brunswick, New Jersey


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating universitywide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.

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Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Habilitation Counselor for the Middlesex Children’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Completes appropriate documentation and utilization review.

  • Conforms to unit policies relating to operational needs of the CMRSS program.

  • Conducts professional and employee responsibilities in a manner that promotes CMRSS program and UBHC objectives.


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Minimum Education and Experience

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

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Applicants possessing a degree in Social Work must have an active New Jersey certification/licensure as required by the State Board of Social Work.

Preferred Qualifications

Maintains DCBHS Crisis Assessment Tool (CAT) certification and re-certification annually. Must be available for on-call. Must have valid driver’s license. Equivalent education, experience and/or training may be substituted for the degree requirement.

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.

Handles phone requests under time and decision making pressure. 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.

Recruitment/Posting Title: Habilitation Counselor

Job Category: Healthcare

Department: UBHC-Acute Treatment-PISC

Position Status: Full Time

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Daily Work Shift: Rotating

FLSA: Exempt

Grade: 19S

Position Salary: $44,791.00

Annual Minimum Salary: 44791.000

Annual Mid Range Salary: 53987.500

Annual Maximum Salary: 63184.000

Standard Hours: 37.50

Union Description: HPAE, Local 5094

Payroll Designation: PeopleSoft

Terms of Appointment: Staff - 12 month

Position Pension Eligibility: ABP

Posting Number: 16ST3225

Regional Campus: Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus: Piscataway (RBHS)