Habilitation Counselor

Rutgers University

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Recruitment/Posting Title Habilitation Counselor
Job Category Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services
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 Habilitation Counselor in Community Outreach Services within Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care.
The Habilitation Counselor provides community-based case management services for individuals served to include assessment, treatment / recovery planning, linkage and coordination of care.
Among the key duties for this position are the following:
  • Provides case management and community support services to assist individuals and/or families to gain access to needed medical, social, education, mental health, addiction, co-occurring and other services.
  • Provides crisis prevention, intervention, and resolution services to individuals and families served.
  • Demonstrates the ability to engage and establish a working relationship with and provide services to individuals with physical health, mental health, and substance use disorders.
  • Provides specialized addiction treatment/co-occurring services.
  • Collaborates effectively with members of the department, and with external departments, staff, referral sources, other service providers and social support networks to provide services and rehabilitative care for consumers and families.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
Work Arrangement
FLSA Exempt
Grade 19S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 49566.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 59113.000
Annual Maximum Salary 69919.000
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 .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a mental health field or an appropriate human services field plus one (1) year of related experience.

  • All clinical licensing as required by discipline and New Jersey Division of consumer affairs.
  • Applicants possessing a degree in Social Work must have an active New Jersey certification/licensure as required by the State Board of Social Work.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Preferred Qualifications
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) preferred. 
  • Bilingual skills (English/Spanish).
  • Experience working with high need individuals and community-based service provision to adults with addictions.

Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  •  Physical Demands: Ability to speak clearly and write proficiently. The ability to focus on the task at hand despite numerous interruptions. Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and document into an electronic medical record while in the field. The employee spends much time driving, walking, standing, bending, and talking with individuals served in the community located throughout the region. Transport of individuals served in state vehicles. The employee can expect to lift up to 20 pounds. 
  • Work Environment: The work environment is predominantly in the community in individuals’ homes, shelters, soup kitchens and places where homeless individuals congregate (i.e. forests, train stations, under bridges etc.). Individual wellness checks and crisis intervention required. Subject to unpredictable situations, crises, to include behavioral, medical, substance use and psychiatric. Occasionally exposed to individuals exhibiting assaultive behaviors. Exposure to blood borne pathogens that requires use of personal protective equipment. 
Special Conditions
  • Serves assigned shifts, which may include weekend, holiday and/or off-hour shifts.
  • Provides on-call coverage as assigned.
  • Must possess own vehicle for use to outreach individuals served.

Posting Details

Posting Number 23ST0830
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
  • All applicants will be required to upload a current copy of their professional license/certification.
  • This position is grant-funded.

Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)
City Piscataway
State NJ
Location Details

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Immunization Requirements

Under Policy 60.1.35 Immunization Policy for Rutgers Employees and Prospective Employees , Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster upon eligibility and upload proof of same. Under Policy 100.3.1 Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals , if employment will commence during Flu Season, Rutgers University may require certain prospective employees to provide proof that they are vaccinated against Seasonal Influenza for the current Flu Season, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption. Additional infection control and safety policies may apply. Prospective employees should speak with their hiring manager to determine which policies apply to the role or position for which they are applying. Failure to provide proof of vaccination for any required vaccines or obtain a medical or religious exemption from the University will result in rescission of a candidate’s offer of employment or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

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:

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