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Consortial Faculty, Disability Studies
Neil Harbus has taught as an adjunct professor with the City University of New York for the last 9 years, and holds the position of Consortial Faculty in the Disability Studies Department. He holds a BA in Psychology from George Washington University and a Master's degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. In addition, he is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both NY and NJ, a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, and has been certified by the American Society of Addictions Medicine. Harbus has been practicing in the behavioral health field for over 40 years. During this time he has served as the director of numerous behavioral healthcare programs. This includes over 16 years in the State Hospital system of NY as a director of inpatient psychiatric units, day treatment programs, and mobile Crisis teams. He also worked on the first outreach team in NYC for homeless individuals with mental health issues. Harbus also served as Director of ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) services in Monmouth County, NJ, for 3 years, where he also had the additional responsibility of directing a residential program, supportive employment program, and an outpatient clinic. He spent 8 years working with the nonprofit Pathways to Housing in New York City. Pathways has been credited with originating the Housing First Model, which is now considered an Evidence Based Practice and they are nationally and internationally recognized for their work in this area. While at Pathways Harbus functioned as: Clinical Services Supervisor, Director of Supported Housing, and the Project Manager for the Peer Wellness Program, as part of a 5-year Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. In the past he has worked as a consultant for the NY State Office of Mental Health on the ACT Transition Project, and is a frequent trainer and presenter on Evidence Based Practices at the local and national level. Harbus has published two journal articles on Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and was the recipient of the "Achievement" award from the Howie T. Harp Peer Training Center, where he was also an instructor. Harbus has also served as a Board Member for Project Live in Newark, NJ, a housing agency recognized for housing individuals with significant mental health concerns. He is currently working with Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey as a consultant/trainer helping to implement Person Centered Planning throughout the Agency.