Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS)


Learn more about the MHSS certification process by selecting the tabs below.

The Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS) provides daily living support and residential services to individuals with mental illness. In order to be a MHSS you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a GED.

The MHSS course meets one of the requirements for Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician MHRT I certification. MHSS consists of approximately 35-hours of training and it is regularly offered throughout Maine by various agencies and trainers. The MHSS course may be waived in certain circumstances. Please see the MHRT I requirements for details. Information for Students:

Below is a link for approved MHSS trainers, as well as a schedule of MHSS courses currently offered in Maine.

Approved MHSS Trainers

MHSS Trainings Schedule

As a Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS) trainer, you have a variety of requirements. Some of your responsibilities include: Offering the MHSS course to participants at least one time per year; notifying the Center for Learning at least 30 days before you teach the MHSS course; and collecting course evaluations from participants and submitting them to the Center for Learning.

You will also need to submit a Validation Form (confirmation of the dates that you taught the class and the names of participants who attended) to the Center for Learning.

By clicking on the following link, you will find detailed information about MHSS training policies and procedures.

Please note that in 2006, the Direct Support Professional and Mental Health Support Specialist curricula were compared. It was determined that the following three modules are interchangeable between the two curricula: Confidentiality, Documentation, and Sexuality.

NOTICE FOR MHSS TRAINERS:

The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services revised the MHSS evaluation policy in 2012. The policy includes the following:

1) Trainer(s) will assign one student to distribute the evaluations, collect them once completed, and place them in an envelope provided ahead of time by Center for Learning. The envelope will have instructions for both the designated student and trainer. 2) Trainer(s) will leave the room while students complete their evaluation form. 3) Trainer(s) may reenter the room after all evaluation forms have been collected and sealed by the designated individual.

Please notify the Center for Learning (using the MHSS Trainer Notification form) within 30 days prior to offering a course so that we can ensure you have the envelope and instructions prior to the end of your course.

Below are links to the various forms that you will need as a trainer.

Use the Evaluation Form when you are ready to ask students to provide feedback about the course:

MHSS Student Evaluation Form (updated June 2014)

MHSS Evaluation Word    MHSS Evaluation Adobe


Use the Curriculum Modification Form if you wish to change the order of the MHSS modules or add material to the standardized curriculum:

MHSS Curriculum Modification Request Form

MHSS Modification Word    MHSS Modification Adobe


Use the Training Notification Form to notify the Center for Learning that you will be teaching the MHSS class:

MHSS Training Notification Form (updated June 2014)

Training Notification Word    Training Notification Adobe


Ask students to complete the Student Information Form so that they can receive their certificate once they finish the course

MHSS Student Information Form

MHSS Student Word  MHSS Student Adobe


UPDATED AUGUST 2013: Use the Training Validation Form to inform the Center for Learning of the dates that you taught the MHSS class and the names of students who participated:

MHSS Training Validation Form (updated June 2014)

Training Validation Word  Training Validation Adobe

Please Note: The Center for Learning does not accept registrations for MHSS courses. You must contact the instructor directly to register for their course. Since we list the information provided to us as we receive it, this list may not be inclusive. Trainers: If you want us to list your course here, please submit the Training Notification Form (see further below) as soon as possible before your course takes place. There is no charge for this service.
List last updated: August 8, 2019

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2019

July 10, 17, 24, 31, & August 7, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm Paramount Behavioral Services 224 Main St. Waterville, ME  04901 12 Heather T. Kelley heather.kelley@paramountbehavioral.com (207) 399-4126
August 2, 5, 9, 12, & 16, 2019 8am – 5pm Crisis & Counseling Centers Waterville CSU Waterville, ME  04901 5–Full Susan Gordon sgordon@crisisandcounseling.org (207) 213-4545
August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2019 9am – 4:30pm Sweetser 50 Moody St. Saco, ME  04072 10 Jessica Amato jamato@sweetser.org (207) 298-1693
August 14 – 19, 2019 Time varies by day. Volunteers of America 7 Smith Ln. Saco, ME 04072 12 Emily Cobb emilycobbcbcss@gmail.com (207) 333-1984
September 9 – 13, 2019 9am – 5pm The Opportunity Alliance 50 Lydia Lane South Portland, ME 04106 15 Darlene Panzino & Amber Elliott Patty Mann: patty.mann@opportunityalliance.org (207) 523-5019
September 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2019 8am – 4pm Volunteers of America Miller Square 315 Harlow St. Bangor, ME  04401 8 Jeremy Crockett & David Roderick jeremy.crockett@voanne.org (207) 944-5054
September 23 – 29, 2019 8am – 4pm Volunteers of America 7 Smith Ln. Saco, ME  04072 12 Marleigh Souza Shannon Chisholm at: shannon.chisholm@voanne.org (781) 706-0779
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019 9am – 4pm Tri-County Mental Health Services 80 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME  04240 12 Joy Kish & Melanie Sparks-Ide jkish@tcmhs.org (207) 353-7438 mide@tcmhs.org (207) 783-4658
October 8, 9, 10, 15, & 16, 2019 8am – 4pm Sweetser 1180 Rockland St. Rockport, ME  04856 10 Holly Brown hbrown@sweetser.org (207) 593-1275
October 10, 11, 14, 15, & 16, 2019 8:30am – 4:30pm OHI Professional Development 203 Maine Ave. Bangor, ME  04401 25 Wayne Day & Sarah Delano sdelano@ohimaine.org (207) 605-1245
October 15, 18, 22, 25, & 29, 2019 9am – 5pm AngleZ Behavioral Health 841 Riverside Dr. Augusta, ME 04330 10 Dannielle Hartford Robert Giroux at: rgiroux@anglezbhs.com 844-294-5306
October 22 – 25, 2019 8am – 4pm Volunteers of America 335 Lincoln St. Saco, ME  04072 7 Marleigh Souza Shannon Chisholm: shannon.chrisholm@voanne.org (781) 706-0779
November 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2019 9am – 4pm Ascentria Community Services 155 Center St. Auburn, ME  04210 12 Scott Morrison & Heather Bingelis kandrews@ascentria.org (207) 783-3446
November 13, 15, 18, 20, & 22 2019 9:15am – 5pm Shalom House 106 Gilman St. Portland, ME  04102 20 Martha Lafferty & Kristine Lausier Jessie Souter: jsouter@shalomhouseinc.com (207) 874-1080 ext. 177
November 19 – 22 2019 8am – 4pm Volunteers of America 7 Smith Ln. Saco, ME  04072 12 Marleigh Souza Shannon Chisholm at: shannon.chisholm@voanne.org (781) 706-0779
December 5, 6, 13, 19, & 20, 2019 9am – 4:30pm Alternative Services-Northeast 1567 Lisbon St. Suite 2 Lewiston, ME  04240 20 Corey Provencher cprovencher@asi-ne.org (207) 777-1107
December 16 – 19 2019 8am – 4pm Volunteers of America 7 Smith Ln. Saco, ME  04072 12 Marleigh Souza Shannon Chisholm at: shannon.chisholm@voanne.org (781) 706-0779

2020

March 2 – 6, 2020 9am – 5pm The Opportunity Alliance 50 Lydia Ln. South Portland, ME  04106 20 Darlene Panzino, Amber Elliott & Sarah Emerson Patty Mann: patty.mann@opportunityalliance.org (207) 874-8079
June 8 – 12, 2020 9am – 5pm The Opportunity Alliance 50 Lydia Ln. South Portland, ME  04106 20 Darlene Panzino, Amber Elliott & Sarah Emerson Patty Mann: patty.mann@opportunityalliance.org (207) 874-8079
September 28 – October 2, 2020 9am – 5pm The Opportunity Alliance 50 Lydia Ln. South Portland, ME  04106 20 Darlene Panzino, Amber Elliott & Sarah Emerson Patty Mann: patty.mann@opportunityalliance.org (207) 874-8079