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This section last updated May 13, 2020
Center for Learning is Open for Business
Muskie staff continue to process MHRT/C certification applications and renewals in spite of University policy changes due to COVID-19. Email correspondence is quickest and we continue to field phone calls, although there are likely to be delays. Please submit your certification paperwork by email to email@example.com for the fastest response. If you do not have access to a scanner, take legible photos with your smart device and email the photos.
Full and Provisional MHRT I Extensions (3/19/20–UPDATED 5/6/20)
The Muskie School Center for Learning oversees the MHRT I certification program on behalf of DHHS-Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).
OBH sent out a letter to their list-serv on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, granting an extension to all Provisional and Full MHRT I’s that were scheduled to expire from March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 due to the difficulty of offering some of the MHRT I training requirements (curriculum) online during the pandemic. Those certificates are now extended through June 30, 2020. A copy of that letter with complete details is linked at the beginning of this paragraph. A copy of the letter must be filed in all affected employees’ personnel files.
Provisional MHRT I Changes (4/6/20)
The Muskie School Center for Learning administers the MHRT I certification program on behalf of DHHS-Office of Behavioral Health (OBH). Recently, several agencies have requested permission to review the Provisional Mental Health Support Specialist Handbook with new staff online, through a video conferencing system such as Zoom or GoToMeeting. They also request to use electronic signatures on the Provisional MHRT I certificate.
We have consulted with OBH in regards to this request, and they will allow this through May 31, 2020 with the following stipulation/reminder:
The agency representative/supervisor must interact with the new hire to thoroughly review the handbook. This is already stipulated in the handbook. As stated on the Provisional MHRT I certificate, by signing, both the agency representative/supervisor and new hire are attesting that this has occurred.
As with the other COVID-19 changes, OBH will reevaluate this process in late May.
PDF version of the Provisional Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician I Handbook
A PDF version of the Provisional MHRT I certificate with fillable lines.
Thank you for your patience and keep safe.
Online Trainer Tips from Mark Lindquist (4/22/20) Linked title is a PDF of online trainer tips from Mark Lindquist of Port Resources.
MHRT/C Continuing Education Change (3/19/20-Updated 5/13/20)
Given the rapidly changing landscape related to COVID-19, an adjustment has been made to one of the MHRT/C continuing education requirements for certification renewal. All 18 hours may be completed using online training through August 31, 2020, at which time the situation will be reassessed. A minimum of four of those hours must still address Domain 3: Ethics and Professional Conduct competencies.
May 20, 2020: Update on Continuing Education, Provisional Level A & Level B certificates and Domain 8 Non-Academic Train-the-Trainer
April 23, 2020: Update on In-Service Trainings and Online Training Tips
March 19, 2020: MHRT/C COVID-19 Updates
February 24, 2020: Important Certification Deadlines
February 5, 2020: Continuing Education
January 9, 2020: Update on Approved Academic Programs
December 17, 2019: Seasons Greetings and year end statistics
October 25, 2019: Eight Things to Know about the Redesigned MHRT/C Program (more to come)
September 26, 2019: New Requirements are in Effect and Academic Programs Update
September 13, 2019 SAMHS update: Originally sent out by DHHS-SAMHS.
June 28, 2019: Year-end Wrap-up
May 30, 2019: Academic Program Updates
April 26, 2019: In-Service Trainings for Continuing Education
March 14, 2019: New Continuning Education Checklist
January 29, 2019: Academic Program Updates
December 21, 2018: More on Continuing Education
October 29, 2018: Continuing Education
October 12, 2018: Older MHRT certificates and Going Paperless
September 17, 2018: Back to School!
July 24, 2018: Profile of an MHRT/C Certified Professional 2
June 8, 2018: Profile of an MHRT/C Certified Professional
May 30, 2018: Webinar Reminder
May 11, 2018: Where Things Stand
April 20, 2018: Credit for Work Experience
March 23, 2018: FAQs-Continuing Education Requirements
March 9, 2018: FAQs-New Certification Requirements
February 15, 2018: Continuing Education Requirements for Full MHRT/C
February 2, 2018: Online Training Module MH101
Informational webinars for providers have been offered from time ot time. Below are recordings of those along with slides and FAQs.
January 17, 2019 Zoom Call with Academic Programs (Opens in YouTube)