Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Certification

Introduction

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/ Community certification. People in the MHRT/C role work with adults living with serious mental illness. The type of work includes:

  • Community Integration
  • Behavioral Health Home (BHH)
  • Mental Health Psychosocial Clubhouse
  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Skills Development 
  • Day Support Services
  • Family Psycho-Education

(as outlined in Chapter II, section 17 and 65 of the MaineCare Benefits manual)

You can qualify for MHRT/C certification through a variety of ways, such as:

  • Academic coursework
  • Non-Academic coursework (i.e. relevant training or workshops)
  • Related work experience

NOTE: Please contact the Center for Learning for all MHRT/C-related inquiries at (207) 626-5280.

Application Process

The MHRT/C certification program is competency based, enabling those with a variety of backgrounds who have appropriate education, work experience and training to earn certification. The common denominator is a shared commitment to the fundamental principle that recovery from mental illness is possible. To qualify for the MHRT/C certificate, candidates must meet requirements using one or more of the following options:

1) Academic preparation (eligible degrees or courses must be from a regionally accredited college or university)
2) Practical work experience [related to providing direct services in the behavioral health field for adults and/or transition-age youth (16+ years old)]
3) Qualifying non-academic education and training in the competency domains

Education, experience and training must address and satisfy these eight Competency Domains:

1.       Behavioral, Psychological, and Rehabilitation

5.       Policy Knowledge

2.       Community Integration and Inclusion

6.       Mind-Body Connection

3.       Ethics and Professional Conduct

7.       Cultural Competency

4.       Trauma and Resiliency

8.       Vocational Support

For compete lists of the knowledge competencies in each domain, follow this URL.

Go here to find your pathway to certification and next steps to apply.

MHRT/C application materials are reviewed by CFL in the order they are received. You will receive a written response from CFL within three weeks from the date they receive your application. Please note that once you submit your application materials, they becomes the property of CFL and may not be returned to you.

Transitioning to the Redesigned MHRT/Community Certificate Program

Do You Currently Hold a Provisional MHRT/C Certificate?

Certificate holders already in the process of earning full certification with either a Provisional Level A or B, or completed coursework under the 2008 Guidelines, should submit their completed coursework to achieve full certification. CFL staff will review each application against the 2008 competencies, as well as against the 2019 competencies, to determine the most expedient path to certification. CFL staff will work with applicants through the transition to the new MHRT/C certification program.

Do You Currently Hold a Full MHRT/C Certificate?

All full MHRT/C certificates (including MHRT II, III, IV and C) should now have a two-year expiration period indicated on their MHRT/C certificate. Anyone with a full MHRT/C certificate without an expiration date needs to contact the CFL office immediately with their contact information to have a new full MHRT/C reissued. The email to use is updatemhrtccontactinfo@cfl-muskie.org

Beginning in 2020, full MHRT/C certificates without expiration dates, or those certificates whose dates have expired, will not be considered valid certificates as required for service reimbursement.

Another Way to Meet the Requirements for Certification

An individual can use documented work experience in the adult behavioral health field to meet the competency domains. This creates a potential career ladder for individuals working in the field with an MHRT I. Up to four domains can be credited with work experience. For more information, see the Credit for Work Experience section of the CFL website.

Last Updated: September 25, 2019

Approved Programs/Degrees for Full MHRT/C Certification under the 2019 Requirements

For information on the requirements for the approved programs below, please contact the institution.

Central Maine Community College (CMCC)
AAS/Human Services as of Fall 2019

Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC)
AAS/Human Services as of Fall 2019

Husson University
BA/Psychology as of Fall 2019

University of Maine at Augusta (UMA)
BS/Mental Health & Human Services – MHRT Track as of Fall 2019

University of Maine at Farmington (UMF)
BS/Psychology – MHRT Counseling Track as of Fall 2019
BS/Rehabilitation Services – MHRT Track as of Fall 2019

University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK)
BS/Behavioral Science as of Fall 2019

University of Maine at Machias (UMM)
Any Degree with a Counseling Minor as of Spring 2019
Stand-alone certificate option as of Spring 2019

University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI)
Bachelor of Social Work as of Fall 2019

University of New England (UNE)
BS/Psychology — Mental Health Rehabilitaiton (MHR) Minor as of Fall 2019
Bachelor of Social Work as of Fall 2019

University of Southern Maine (USM)
MS/Rehabilitation Counseling – MHRT/C Track as of Fall 2019

University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College (USM-LAC) BA/Social & Behavioral Sciences – MHRT/C Track as of Fall 2019

Washington County Community College (WCCC)
AAS/Human Services – MHRT/C Track as of Fall 2019

York County Community College (YCCC)
AAS/Behavioral Health Studies as of Fall 2019
Community Mental Health Certificate (Stand-alone certificate option) as of Fall 2019

 

Approved Courses that Meet a Domain

You must take the course at the institution listed for it to be accepted for the Domain listed. Those with an asterisks (*) are offered online.

Husson University
PY 335  – Behavioral, Psychological & Rehabilitation Intervention Models

Husson University 
MH 200 – Community Integration and Inclusion

Washington County Community College
HUS 212 – Case Management

Husson University 
PY 113  – Ethics and Professional Conduct

KVCC
MHT 230 Ethics and professional Conduct*

UMF
PSY 305/377 – Ethical Principles in Counseling

UMFK
SOC 110 – Intro. to Human Services & Community Mental Health

UMPI
SWK 202 – Ethics in the Helping Profession

UNE
PSY 236 –  Mental Health & Society

YCCC
HUS 101 – Introduction to Human Services

CMCC
PSY 212 – Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery*

Husson
PY 447 – Trauma and Resiliency

UMFK
PSY 232 – Trauma and Resiliency

UNE
PSY 375 – Trauma and Health

CMCC
PSY 202 – Developmental Disabilities & Psychosocial Rehabilitation*

Husson
MH 200 – Policy Knowledge

UMPI
SWK 300 – Social Welfare and Policy Issues

Husson
MH 202 – Mind-Body Connection

CMCC
SOC 200 – Issues in Diversity*

Husson
PY 322 – Cultural Competency

UMP
SWK 305 – Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

CMCC
PSY 204 – Vocational Aspects of Disability and Counseling

Husson
MH 203 –  Vocational Support

UMF
PSY 237 – Career Counseling

UMFK
PSY 246 – Vocational Aspects of Disability

UMPI
PSY 374 – Vocational Aspects of Disability*

USM-LAC
SBS 315 – Social Psychology of Disability

Non-Academic Training

DHHS-SAMHS is in the process of creating standard non-academic training curriculum for the eight Competency Domains, using a train-the-trainer model for dissemination. As each curriculum is completed and available for a train-the-trainer session, trainers can apply.

Revised Non-Academic Trainer Standards will be linked here soon.

For those working to finish certification under the 2008 Guidelines, here are some resources for Non-Academic Trainings:

Amethyst Training & Consulting
Or call: 592-3412 for schedule. Amethyst offers all ten MHRT/Community required courses as non-academic trainings. Most trainings are conducted in Augusta. Please consult their website for more information. Note: MHRT/C Courses must be taught by Stephanie Truman, except Vocational Aspects of Disaiblities, which must be taught by BOTH Stephanie Truman and Linda Learnard.

Newhouse Training
Courses that are currently approved and taught by Angie Newhouse are:
Introduction to Community Mental Health
Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Interviewing & Counseling
Crisis Identification & Resolution
Cultural Competency/Diversity
Case Management
Mental Health & Aging

York County Shelter Programs
(207) 324-1137
Courses that are currently approved and taught by Jennifer Ouellette are:
Introduction to Community Mental Health
Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Other Resources for Vocational Aspects of Disabilities:
Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center Supported Employment Web-based trainings offers two different courses:

  • “Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness”
  • “Supported Employment Web-based Certificate Series” offered in partnership with APSE (Advancing Employment, Connecting People)


Syntiro
oversees the Employment for ME Workforce Development System. They occasionally offer ACRE-certified Employment Specialist trainings, which are accepted toward Vocational Aspects of Disabilities. On their website, click on the Calendar link for upcoming trainings.

SAMHS has approved the combination of the four workshops listed below to meet the Vocational Aspects of Disabilities requirement toward Full MHRT/C certification:

  1. Earn the 18 module online Job Coach Credential training.
  2. Complete the follow-up face-to-face Fading Supports training within 6 months of the above. Details are at the above link.
  3. Complete the Work & Benefits Navigator Training (check Registration link for dates/locations).
  4. Complete the Creating a Culture of Employment Training
    Link and dates will be updated as soon as they are available.

Formerly known as the Work Experience Waiver, the Credit for Work Experience option allows applicants with a related degree to use six months of relevant work experience to receive credit in place of an MHRT/C course requirement. All others require 12 months of relevant work experience to satisfy a MHRT/C competency domain. For more information on this change and a list of related degrees, please see the April 20, 2018 newsletter.

Domains 1 – 3 cannot be met through Credit for Work Experience.

Credit for Work Experience Forms:

The form should be completed by your clinical supervisor and submitted with your application. All forms are Adobe PDF documents.

Domain 2: Community Integration and Inclusion (only available with a related degree and adult mental health case management experience)
Domain 4: Trauma and Resiliency
Domain 5: Policy Knowledge
Domain 6: Mind-Body Connection
Domain 7: Cultural Competency
Domain 8: Vocational Support

Full MHRT/C certificate holders are required to complete at least 18 hours of continuing education (CE) every two years in order to have their MHRT/C certificates renewed. A minimum of four (4) hours of the 18 hours of training must be in Ethics. CE must address one or more competency domains. Select this link for a list of the MHRT/C Competencies.

At the time of renewal, please submit a completed MHRT/C Renewal Form with your CE documentation.

Renewal Form in Word (for use starting in 2020)    Renewal Form in PDF

For a list of what is and is not accepted for CE, we’ve created a checklist to help you: Checklist in PDF


The following is a partial list of organizations that offer training and courses in behavioral health. Please work with your supervisor to determine training to meet your professional goals, or whether or not a training meets the MHRT/C continuing education requirement.

To see a calendar of upcoming training in Maine, go to the Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative website linked below.

AAACEUs
Offers online continuing education in several topic areas.

AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.
Offers online and face-to-face training in substance use disorders, ethics, behavioral health, stigma, cultural competence and recovery

Addiction Technology Transfer Network/New England ATTC at Brown University
A national network with 10 regional centers that offer training in topics mainly related to addictions treatment and recovery

AHS E-Learning Center
Offers two to four hour courses on co-occurring disorders

Behavioral Tech/ A Linehan Institute Training Company
Offers in-person or online training in dialectical behavior (DBT) and other therapies

Center on Mental Health Services Research and Policy
Online training in topics such as community integration, WRAP, etc. Some are approved for continuing education credit.

CE4Less

Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine
Offers a variety of online and face-to-face training in topics such as co-occurring disorders, addiction, trauma, recovery, motivational interviewing, domestic violence, and cultural competence

Elsevier DirectCourse’s College of Recovery and Community Inclusion
Online training in a variety of behavioral health topics including community inclusion, cultural competence, recovery and trauma

Health Affiliates Maine
Offers a variety of training in clinical topics. Continuing education credit may be earned for some.

Health Education & Training Institute
Face-to-face and online training in topics such as motivational interviewing

Health Equity Maine
An online learning portal offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of improving health and healthcare services

Knowledge Application Program (KAP) SAMHSA
Offers a variety of one-hour continuing education approved courses on topics such as peer support, serving older adults, and peers working in in-patient settings

Maine Behavioral Health Workforce Development Collaborative
Offers a variety of online and face-to-face training and courses in behavioral health topics such as ethics, cultural competence, recovery, trauma, and substance use disorders

Maine DHHS, BH Training Resources
Has a listing of several training resources in the behavioral health field

Massachusetts General Hospital – Psychiatry Academy
Offering a variety of free online modules covering a range of health topics

Mental Health Technology Transfer Network
A collaborative network that supports resource development and dissemination, training and technical assistance, and workforce development for the mental health field

NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals
Offers independent study, certificate programs, and face-to-face training in topics such as addiction counseling, ethics, and co-occurring disorders

NASW Maine Chapter
Click on Continuing Education on the main page

New England ADA Learning
Offers online courses in topics such as disability rights, employment, and accessibility laws

Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMHS)
Creating a Culture of Employment
(applies to Domain 8: Vocational Support)

PESI Online Education
Offers live seminars, online courses, and certificate programs in topics such as ethics, mental health disorders, treatment modalities

Resources for Integrated Care
Culturally Competent Direct Care: Meeting the LTSS Needs of Diverse Dually-Eligible Beneficiaries-Webinar (July 25, 2019)

Relias Learning
Offers a variety of online training in areas such as behavioral health, counseling, addictions, case management, and intellectual and developmental disabilities

Saco River Education
Maine-based online training agency

STAR (Staffing Training Alternative Resources Inc.) Services
Online trainings such as orientation to mental health topics

Sweetser Training Institute
Face-to-face training in topics such as mental health first aid, evidence-based practices, trauma, ethics, and substance use disorders

New England Public Health Training Center, the Maine Center for Disease Control, and the Maine Mobile Health Program
A growing collection of free online educational training modules to help public health workers and others broaden their knowledge of critical issues affecting the health of Maine people

Training Resource Network
Online, on-demand training in topics such as person-centered planning, supporting effective behavior, orientation to disabilities, normalization, etc.

US Dept. of Health & Human Services
Online training on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
Click on Practitioner Training

MHRT/Community Guidelines-May 2019 (coming soon)

MHRT/C Guidelines (10/2/19) PDF


MHRT/Community Application Form

Application (Appendix D) Word   Application (Appendix D) PDF


MHRT/Community Knowledge Competencies

Knowledge Competencies PDF


MHRT/C Renewal Form (for use starting in 2020)

MHRT Renewal    MHRT Renewal PDF


MHRT/Community Credit for Work Experience (Waiver) Forms (Appendix G)

Domain 2: Community Integration and Inclusion (only available to individuals with a qualifying degree)

Domain 2-PDF


Domain 4: Trauma and Resiliency

Domain 4-PDF


Domain 5: Policy Knowledge

Domain 5-PDF


 Domain 6: Mind-Body Connection

Domain 6-PDF


Domain 7: Cultural Competency

Domain 7-PDF


Domain 8: Vocational Support

Domain 8-PDF


MHRT Work Experience Verification Form

Required for those who have not completed a qualifying program or degree.

 Work Experience Verification Word    Work Experience Verification PDF