MHRT/CSP Procedural Guidelines


2003: The Maine Crisis Network developed a 13-module Crisis Training Curriculum in collaboration with DHHS.

February 2007: The DHHS-Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS) and Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) announced the establishment of the MHRT/Crisis Service Provider certification. The Maine Crisis Network and DHHS agreed that satisfactory completion of the Crisis Training Curriculum met and/or exceeded the requirements necessary for a trainee to become eligible for the MHRT/Crisis Service Provider credential, given that other requirements have been met. (Specific MHRT/CSP certification requirements will be described later in this manual.)

April 1, 2007: DHHS set forth requirements that all staff that were hired prior to April 1, 2007, providing Crisis Intervention and/or Crisis Resolution Services must demonstrate competency in crisis practice by successfully completing the Crisis Training Curriculum module tests and earning the MHRT/CSP certification.

DHHS set forth the following requirements: Starting April 1, 2007, all new hires providing crisis intervention and/or crisis resolution services to adults and children, must be certified as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Crisis Services Provider (MHRT/CSP) prior to providing crisis services in the state of Maine. The MHRT/C no longer meets the requirements for these crisis services.

August 2007:  The Muskie School’s Center for Learning (CFL) compared the Crisis Training Curriculum to the MHRT/C competencies to determine reciprocity. Based on that analysis, individuals with Full MHRT/C Certification and a relevant degree must complete all core modules. Individuals who have a MHRT/C, and do not have a relevant degree, must complete all core modules and test out of non-core modules.

Those who earned MHRT/CSP certification before April 1, 2014 can qualify for a Provisional MHRT/C Level B certificate.  Those with the MHRT/CSP may earn the Full MHRT/C by completing the Case Management and Vocational Aspects of Disability course requirements. These requirements cannot be waived.

NOTE: Effective April 1, 2014, individuals with MHRT/CSP certification no longer qualify for the Provisional MHRT/C, Level B certificate due to some changes in the Crisis Training Curriculum. However, the requirements remain the same for those with Full MHRT/C certification who wish to earn the MHRT/CSP certificate.