The Joint Hospital and Crisis Service Providers, a stakeholder group that started meeting in December 2000, examined the multi-faceted aspects of hospital and crisis services with a goal of increasing the effectiveness of services for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. These meetings became known as the “Initiative Meetings” and one of their priorities was identifying necessary training for Maine’s crisis workers.
Providers of crisis services then formed the Maine Crisis Network (MCN) that focused on the development of a standardized level of competency among crisis service providers working in the adult and/or children’s mental health system in the state. Since there was shared recognition that the required training for Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification did not adequately address the competencies necessary for crisis workers to perform effectively in their roles, the MCN decided to collectively develop their own curriculum in collaboration with DHHS. In 2003, the Maine Crisis Network (MCN) completed the 13-module Crisis Training Curriculum (CTC) that was then reviewed and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (DHHS-SAMHS) and DHHS-Children’s Behavioral Health Services (DHHS-CBHS). This Crisis Training Curriculum was designed to provide high quality, standardized training and certification for crisis workers.
In April 2007 the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Crisis Service Provider (MHRT/CSP) certification program replaced the MHRT/C certification requirement for individuals providing crisis resolution services for adults and/or children. These Procedural Guidelines for MHRT/CSP Certification reflect the standards established by the Maine Crisis Network, and approved by DHHS, for providers of crisis resolution services.