May 2019 NOTE: The Tuition Reimbursement Program is currently on hold. No applications are being accepted at this time.
A. Overview and Eligibility Requirements:
DHHS-Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services designates funds that may be used to reimburse you for MHRT/Community (MHRT/C) tuition expenses. In order to be eligible for tuition reimbursement, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Work in a position funded by a DHHS-Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services contract;
- Work in a DHHS-Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services funded position for 20 hours (half-time) or more per week;
- Have a Provisional MHRT/Community Level B certificate on file with the Center for Learning;
- Need the course as a requirement for your present position and for MHRT/Community certification.
Additional requirements for MHRT/C tuition reimbursement:
- Tuition reimbursement is only available for directly relevant courses required for MHRT/C certification.
- Only the following five course areas are eligible for reimbursement:
- Vocational Aspects of Disability
- Substance Abuse with a Dual Diagnosis Component
- Sexual Abuse, Trauma & Recovery
- Case Management
- Mental Health & Aging
For a list of approved courses, please see Appendix A of the MHRT/C Guidelines.
- Submit the application to the Center for Learning at least thirty (30) days before the start of the class.
- Earn a grade of C or better in all of the MHRT/C courses for which you are seeking reimbursement.
Note: You will be reimbursed after you have successfully completed the MHRT/C course.Tuition Reimbursement for Non-Academic MHRT/C courses:
Reimbursement is available only for training workshops that satisfy the full 30-hour MHRT/C requirement. Courses taken from non-academic instructors will be approved on a case-by-case basis. DHHS-Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services and the professional instructor will determine workshop fees.
Tuition reimbursement is limited to one course for each 6-month period in a fiscal year (July through June) up to a maximum of two MHRT/C courses per individual per fiscal year.
SAMHS reserves the right to prioritize tuition reimbursement funds to address unmet needs or needs based on a particular geographic region or district.
Please note: Since the availability of MHRT/C funds changes based on demand, the Center for Learning cannot guarantee that your request for tuition reimbursement will be approved.
B. Tips for the Tuition Reimbursement Application Process:
- The request for tuition reimbursement cannot be completed online, as the application will require your signature and the signature of your immediate supervisor.
- Please fill out the application completely so that your tuition reimbursement request does not have to be returned to you for more detail.
- If you are requesting tuition reimbursement for non-academic training, please list the actual start and end dates of the course.
- You can download a tuition reimbursement application form in Word or Adobe PDF formats. If you are unable to open either of these documents, you can request a form from Scott Bernier at the Center for Learning.
Contact Information for Scott Bernier at the Center for Learning:
Tuition Reimbursement Request
The Center for Learning
12 East Chestnut St.
Augusta, ME 04330
For additional detail, see MHRT/Community Tuition Reimbursement Request form in Appendix E.