Mental Health Specialist III

Rutgers University
Full time Full day
Piscataway, NJ

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title

Mental Health Specialist III

Job Category

Staff & Executive - Healthcare - Medical and Patient Services


UBHC-Outpatient Services-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 Mental Health Specialist III for the Child & Adolescent Services – School Based Program within Rutgers, University Behavioral Health Care

The Mental Health Specialist III participates as a member of a treatment team providing mental health services to children and adolescents (ages 3-21 years). As needed and in collaboration with clinical staff, provides case management, co-facilitation of psycho-educational and recreational groups. Actively participates in crisis interventions

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Participates in the provision of mental health and youth development activities.

  • Participates and contributes in the treatment of clients, on an as needed basis, in collaboration with the clinical staff.

  • May design and implement workshop, groups and/or in collaboration with school district and other UBHC personnel, manages youth development activities to ensure safety of all students.

  • Maintains cooperative working relationship with others.

  • Maintains appropriate records, as assigned.

Position Status

Full Time

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Union Description

Teamsters, Local 97

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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

COVID-19 Immunization Requirement

Under Policy 60.1.35, 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. Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility. Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination

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Seniority Unit

Terms of Appointment

Staff - 12 month

Position Pension Eligibility



Minimum Education and Experience

  • Three (3) years of full-time paid experience in the mental health field or two (2) years of college majoring in a relevant social or health care field plus one (1) year of full-time experience in the mental health field.

  • 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

  • Experience working with children and adolescents (ages 6-17 years).

  • Experience working with groups, working with emotionally disturbed children, and/or performing case management function.

  • NJ Department of Education sub-certificate.

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Regional Campus

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus

Piscataway (RBHS)

Location Details

Piscataway, NJ

Pre-employment Screenings

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

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information

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