MHRT/Community Guidelines

 

A Provisional (Level A or B) or a Full MHRT/Community is required to work in a DHHS-SAMHS funded position that requires MHRT/Community Certification.

Individuals with Provisional MHRT/C, Level A Certification, must meet the five requirements for Provisional Level B Certification within one year.  Those who are issued Provisional MHRT/C, Level B Certification are given two years to complete the requirements for Full MHRT/Community Certification (see table below).

There are three different levels of MHRT/C Certification:

  • Full MHRT/C
  • Provisional MHRT/C, Level A
  • Provisional MHRT/C, Level B


Full MHRT/Community Certification

Full MHRT/Community Certification is granted and a certificate is issued when 10 course areas have been completed through a combination of approved courses, workshops, or waivers.  The 10 MHRT course requirements for Full MHRT/Community Certification are as follows:

  • Intro. to Community Mental Health
  • Psychosocial Rehab
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Crisis Identification and Resolution
  • Cultural Competency/ Diversity
  • Substance Abuse with a Dual Diagnosis Component
  • Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery
  • Case Management
  • Mental Health and Aging
  • Vocational Aspects of Disability

In Appendix B, you will find a list of degrees and programs that have been approved for Full MHRT/C Certification.  Full certification is granted to graduates of these programs. 



Provisional MHRT/C Level A Certification

Provisional Level A Certification is granted to applicants with an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree in a human-services related field from a regionally accredited college or university.  Provisional Level A status is effective for a one-year period.

  • The applicant must complete the five course requirements for the Provisional MHRT/C Level B within the one-year period.
  • The SAMHS strongly recommends that those with Level A Certification make the Psychosocial Rehabilitation course requirement a top priority and receive that training as soon as possible. 
  • At least one hour of individual clinical supervision per week must occur during the provisional one-year period.  This requirement is in addition to the supervision required by mental health licensing.

A list of accepted degrees for Provisional Level A Certification is provided in Appendix C of these Procedural Guidelines. For a listing of regionally accredited schools, please see the regional accreditation body that oversees the college or university listed below. These are organized according to the location of the school.

New England Association of Schools & Colleges: https://cihe.neasc.org/
Middle States Commission on Higher Education: http://www.msche.org/
(North Central) Higher Learning Commission: https://www.hlcommission.org/
Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities: http://www.nwccu.org/
Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges: http://www.sacscoc.org/
Western Association of Schools and Colleges:
Junior (Associate Degree programs): http://www.accjc.org/
Senior (Bachelor & above programs): https://www.wascsenior.org/



Provisional MHRT/C Level B Certification

Provisional Level B Certification is granted when the five course requirements listed below have been met through academic courses, non-academic courses, approved workshops and/or training, or waivers based on experience. (However, applicants cannot combine experience with workshops or training to meet an individual course requirement.) The five course requirements are:

  • Intro. to Community Mental Health
  • Crisis Identification and Resolution
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Cultural Competency/Diversity
  • Interviewing and Counseling 
  • Provisional Level B status is effective for two full years from date of issue.
  • The certified individual and the certified individual’s employer are responsible to monitor certification status and to ensure that the individual becomes fully certified before the expiration date of the Provisional MHRT/Community Level B Certificate.   

A list of accepted degrees for Provisional Level B Certification is provided in Appendix C

Completion Time Frame Requirements for Full MHRT/Community Certification

Certification Requirement Timeframe
Provisional MHRT/Community Level A  

Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a human services-related field from a regionally accredited college or university (see list of accepted degrees in Appendix C).

Valid for one year; requirements for Provisional Level B must be completed during that one year.

Provisional MHRT/Community Level B  

Completion of five courses:

  1. Intro to Community Mental Health
  2. Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  3. Interviewing and Counseling
  4. Crisis Identification and Resolution
  5. Cultural Competence/Diversity
    (See list of degree programs pre-approved for Provisional Level B Certification in Appendix C)

Valid for two years; requirements for Full MHRT/C Certification must be completed during those two years.

 

 

Full MHRT/Community

Completion of the five courses listed above as well as these additional five courses:

  1. Group Process OR Vocational Aspects of Disability (Note: As of 1/1/09 only Vocational Aspects of Disability will be accepted.)
  2. Substance Abuse with a Dual Diagnosis Component
  3. Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery
  4. Case Management
  5. Mental Health & Aging
    (See list of degree programs pre-approved for Full Certification in Appendix B)

 

Full MHRT/C Certification does not expire