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.
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)
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
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)
Ask students to complete the Student Information Form so that they can receive their certificate once they finish the course
MHSS Student Information Form
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)
List last updated: August 8, 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. Kelleyfirstname.lastname@example.org (207) 399-4126|
|August 2, 5, 9, 12, & 16, 2019 8am – 5pm||Crisis & Counseling Centers Waterville CSU Waterville, ME 04901||5–Full||Susan Gordonemail@example.com (207) 213-4545|
|August 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2019 9am – 4:30pm||Sweetser 50 Moody St. Saco, ME 04072||10||Jessica Amatofirstname.lastname@example.org (207) 298-1693|
|August 14 – 19, 2019 Time varies by day.||Volunteers of America 7 Smith Ln. Saco, ME 04072||12||Emily Cobbemail@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.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 Roderickemail@example.com (207) 944-5054|
|September 23 – 29, 2019 8am – 4pm||Volunteers of America 7 Smith Ln. Saco, ME 04072||12||Marleigh Souza||Shannon Chisholm at: firstname.lastname@example.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-Ideemail@example.com (207) 353-7438 firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 783-4658|
|October 8, 9, 10, 15, & 16, 2019 8am – 4pm||Sweetser 1180 Rockland St. Rockport, ME 04856||10||Holly Brownemail@example.com (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 Delanofirstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com 844-294-5306|
|October 22 – 25, 2019 8am – 4pm||Volunteers of America 335 Lincoln St. Saco, ME 04072||7||Marleigh Souza||Shannon Chisholm: firstname.lastname@example.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 Bingelisemail@example.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org (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: email@example.com (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 Provencherfirstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com (781) 706-0779|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com (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: firstname.lastname@example.org (207) 874-8079|