MHRT/C Communications

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This section last updated September 3, 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 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 (UPDATED 6/25/20)

The Muskie School Center for Learning oversees the MHRT I certification program on behalf of DHHS-Office of Behavioral Health (OBH).

Please see the OBH COVID-19 Website for the latest on adjustments to the MHRT I requirements during the pandemic. Click on “Resources for Providers” and the related MHRT I information document should be at the top. As of this update, that document was updated on 6/23/20.

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.

Important/helpful links:

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 (Updated 9/3/20)

NOTICE: On September 2nd, Governor Mills extended the current 30-day coronavirus civil state of emergency proclamation through October 1, 2020. Accordingly, the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) made the following temporary change to the MHRT/C Continuing Education Requirements:

The entire 18-hour Continuing Education requirement can be completed online until 30 days after the State of Emergency is lifted. At least four (4) of these hours must be in Ethics.

September 18, 2020: Continuing Education reminder.

July 31, 2020: Newly approved academic programs, reminder on continuing education, and a reminder about an important deadline for graduates of programs approved under 2009 guidelines and those with an MHRT/C lacking an expiration date.

June 8, 2020: Update on new Adult Learner Module Training, Domain 8 Non-Academic Train-the-Trainer reminder, newly approved academic programs, and update on Provisional Level A & Level B certificates

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