MHRT/C Communications

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This section last updated June 25, 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 cfl-muskie@maine.edu 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 (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.

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