Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS)


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


MHSS Train-the-Trainer

RESCHEDULED: The MHSS Train-the-Trainer has been rescheduled to April 30 to May 2, 2019.

Registration deadline is March 29, 2019.

You must apply and be accepted in order to attend. Here is the downloadable Registration Flyer.

We've received several inquiries about why one needs to have taken the MHSS course prior to taking the MHSS Train-the-Trainer. The Train-the-Trainer covers how to teach the curriculum. It does not cover the curriculum itself. Attendees to the Train-the Trainer need to be familiar with the curriculum in order to be able to teach it. If you are interested in the Train-the-Trainer, but have not taken the MHSS training, we have a list of upcoming classes across the state on the MHSS Schedule page.