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.

You can follow this link to download the MHRT/C Guidelines (10/8/19).

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
4) A Prior Learning Assessment

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: October 8, 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
BS/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 or course combination listed at the specific institution 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

University of Maine at Augusta
Three course combo-must complete the first two and your choice of one of the last two:
HUS 218 Community Mental Health, HUS 335 Addiction: Diversity and Rehabilitation AND
EITHER HUS 209 Counseling in Human Services OR
HUS 232 Crisis Intervention

York County Community College
Three course combo-must complete the first two and your choice of one of the last two:
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services, PSY 244 Psychosocial Rehabilitation AND
EITHER PSY 230 Abnormal Psychology OR
PSY 234 Trauma & Recovery

Central Maine Community College
Two course combo-must complete both:
HUS 155 Case Management* AND
PSY 151 Interviewing and Counseling*

Eastern Maine Community College
THree course combo-must complete all three:
HUS 101 Community Mental Health,
HUS 110 Interviewing & Counseling, AND
HUS 240 Case Management

Husson University 
MH 200 – Community Integration and Inclusion

University of Maine at Augusta
HUS 212 Case Management

University of Maine at Augusta
HUS 218 Community Mental Health

University of Maine at Farmington
Three course combo-must complete all three:
PSY 235 Introduction to Counseling,
PSY 305/377 Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, AND
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization

University of Maine at Farmington
Two course combo-must complete the first course and your choice of either of the other two:
REH 310 Casework AND EITHER
REH 110 Introduction to Disability Studies OR
REH 395 Practicum in Rehabilitation and Human Services

University of Maine at Fort Kent
Two course combo-must complete both:
PSY 221 Psychosocial Rehabilitation AND
PSY 270 Case Management

Washington County Community College
HUS 212 – Case Management

York County Community College
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services

Central Maine Community College
Two course combo-must complete both:
HUS 112 Community Mental Health* AND
HUS 155 Case Management*

Eastern Maine Community College
Two course combo-must complete both:
HUS 201 Community Mental Health AND
HUS 240 Case Management

Husson University 
PY 113  – Ethics and Professional Conduct

Kennebec Valley Community College
MHT 230 Ethics and Professional Conduct*

University of Maine at Augusta
Two course combo-must complete both:
HUS 218 Community Mental Health AND
HUS 232 Crisis Intervention

University of Maine at Farmington
PSY 305/377 – Ethical and Professional Responsibilities

University of Maine at Farmington
Two course combo-must complete both:
REH 310 Casework AND
REH 395 Practicum in Rehabilitation and Human Services

University of Maine at Fort Kent
SOC 110 – Intro. to Human Services & Community Mental Health

University of Maine at Machias
PSY 328 Case Management

University of Maine at Presque Isle
SWK 202 – Ethics in the Helping Profession

University of New England
PSY 236 –  Mental Health & Society

Washington County Community College
Two course combo-must complete both:
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services AND
HUS 212 Case Management

York County Community College
Two course combo-must complete the first course and your choice of one of the other two:
HUS 101 – Introduction to Human Services AND EETHER
PSY 232 Introduction to Counseling OR
PSY 244 Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Central Maine Community College
PSY 212 – Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery*

Eastern Maine Community College
HUS 210 Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery

Husson University
PY 447 – Trauma and Resiliency

University of Maine at Augusta
Two course combo-must complete first course and your choice of one other:
HUS 232 Crisis Intervention and choice of one:
HUS 218 Community Mental Health,
HUS 230 Interviewing Skills for Human Services,
HUS 233 Trauma: Recognition and Intervention, OR
HUS 309 Counseling in Human Services

University of Maine at Augusta
Two course combo-must complete first course and your choice of one other:
HUS 233 Trauma: Recognition and Intervention and choice of one:
HUS 134 Cultural Competency for Helping Profession,
HUS 230 Interviewing Skills for Human Services,
HUS 232 Crisis Intervention, OR
HUS 335 Addiction: Diversity and Rehabilitation

University of Maine at Farmington
Two course combo-must complete both:
PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology AND
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization

University of Maine at Farmington
REH 420 Trauma and Rsiliency

University of Maine at Fort Kent
PSY 232 – Trauma and Resiliency

University of Maine at Machias
PSY 336 Trauma, Crisis, & Recovery

University of New England
PSY 375 – Trauma and Health

Washington County Community College
HUS 235 Trauma & Recovery

York County Community College
Two course combo-must complete both:
PSY 234 Trauma & Recovery AND
PSY 244 Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Central Maine Community College
PSY 202 – Developmental Disabilities & Psychosocial Rehabilitation*

Husson University
MH 200 – Policy Knowledge

University of Maine at Augusta
HUS 218 Community Mental Health

University of Maine at Farmington
Three course combo-must complete all three:
PSY 235 Introduction to Counseling & Personality
PSY 305/377 Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, AND
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization

University of Maine at Machias
PSY 211 Behavioral & Community Mental Health Services

University of Maine at Presque Isle
SWK 300 – Social Welfare and Policy Issues

Washington County Community College
Two course combo-must complete both:
HUS 212 Case Management AND
HUS 218 Community Mental Health

York County Community College
Three course combo-must complete first two and your choice of one of the remaining three:
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services
PSY 244 Psychosocial Rehabilitation AND Choice of one:
PSY 210 Psychology Across the Lifespan,
PSY 232 Introduction to Counseling, OR
SOC 210 Social Problems

Husson University
MH 202 – Mind-Body Connection

Kennebec Valley Community College
MHT 105 Mind-Body Connection

University of Maine at Augusta
HUS 218 Community Mental Health

University of Maine at Farmington
Three course combo-must complete all three:
PSY 209 Abnormal Psychology,
PSY 235 Introduction to Counseling & Personality, AND
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization

University of Maine at Farmington
Three course combo-must complete first two and your choice of either of the remaining two:
REH 249 Psychosocial Rehabilitation,
REH 310 Casework AND EITHER:
REH 200 Counseling and the Helping Relationship OR
REH 380 Seminar in Professional Practice

University of Maine at Machias
PSY 238 Case Management

Washington County Community College
Three course combo-must complete all three:
HUS 125 Introduction to Human Services,
HUS 212 Case Management, AND
HUS 218 Community Mental Health

Central Maine Community College
SOC 200 – Issues in Diversity*

Eastern Maine Community College
HUS 140 Understanding Diversity in Human Services

Husson University
PY 322 – Cultural Competency

University of Maine at Augusta
Two course combo-must take first and your choice of one of the other two:
HUS 232 Crisis Intervention AND EITHER
HUS 218 Community Mental Health OR
HUS 335 Addiction: Diversity and Rehabilitation

University of Maine at Farmington
Three course combo-must complete all three:
PSY 235 Introduction to Counseling & Personaility,
PSY 305/377 Ethical and Professional Responsibilities, AND
PSY 455 Crisis Intervention and Stabilization

University of Maine at Farmington
Three course combo-Must complete the first two and your choice of one of the remaining three:
REH 110 Introduction to Disability Studies,
REH 120 Introduction to Social Services and Choice of one:
REH 249 Psychosocial Rehabilitation,
REH 305 Group Process in Human Services, OR
REH 310 Casework

University of Maine at Fort Kent
Three course combo-Must complete the first two and your choice of either of the remaining two:
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology,
PSY 270 Case Management, AND EITHER:
SOC 110 Intro to Human Services and Community Mental Health OR
PSY 344 Crisis Identification and Intervention

University of Maine at Machias
PSY 313 Counseling Diverse Populations

University of Maine at Presque Isle
SWK 305 – Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

Washington County Community College
Two course combo-Must complete the first course and either of the other two:
HUS 212 Case Management AND EITHER
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services OR
HUS 102 Topics in Health & Aging

York County Community College
PSY 232 Introduction to Counseling

Central Maine Community College
PSY 204 – Vocational Aspects of Disability and Counseling

Eastern Maine Community College
HUS 250 Vocational Aspects of Disabilities

Husson University
MH 203 –  Vocational Support

University of Maine at Augusta
Two course combo-must take first course and your choice of either of the other two:
HUS 236 Foundations of Vocational Rehabilitation AND EITHER
HUS 212 Case Management OR
HUS 218 Community Mental Health

University of Maine at Farmington
PSY 237 – Career Counseling

University of Maine at Farmington
REH 270 Vocational Counseling & Placement

University of Maine at Fort Kent
PSY 246 – Vocational Aspects of Disability

University of Maine at Machias
PSY 316 Vocational Aspects of Disability & Psychiatric Rehabilitation

University of Maine at Presque Isle
PSY 374 – Vocational Aspects of Disability*

University of Southern Maine-Lewiston/Auburn College
SBS 315 – Social Psychology of Disability

Washington County Community College
HUS 120 vocational Aspects of Disability

York County Community College
Two course combo-must take first course and your choice of either of the other two:
PSY 244 Psychosocial Rehabilitation AND EITHER
HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services OR
SOC 210 Social Problems

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.

Non-Academic Trainer Standards v1, current as of October 11, 2019.

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 Knowledge Competencies.

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

Renewal Form in Word   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

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

Magellen Health
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

National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems
Offers webinars.

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

SMIAdvisor
Free online courses

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

MHRT/C Guidelines (11/6/19) 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)

Renewal Form Word   Renewal Form 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


If you are finishing under the 2008 requirements and need a Credit for Work Experience form for one of those courses, please contact us.


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