About Us

The Center for Learning (CFL) at the Muskie School of Public Service collaborates with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Behavioral Health (DHHS-OBH) to promote excellence in the mental health workforce. Located in the Haynes Building, 12 East Chestnut Street, Augusta, Maine, the Center for Learning has been operating since November of 1996.


By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers’ qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards.

Mental health workers with MHRT certification provide residential, community, and crisis services to persons with mental health needs throughout the state of Maine. This website contains information about the MHRT certification programs, the Mental Health Support Specialist training, and tuition reimbursement and workshop allocations.

Contact us:

The Center for Learning
12 East Chestnut St. Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: 207-626-5280
Fax: 207-626-5022
TTY: 207-626-5282
Email: cfl-muskie@maine.edu

CFL Staff:

Jeanne Hackett, MA, Policy Associate II
Center for Learning
Phone: 207-626-5002
Email: jeanne.hackett@maine.edu

Jacinda Dionne, M.Ed., Certification Specialist
Center for Learning
Phone: 207-626-5086
Email: jacinda.dionne@maine.edu

Scott Bernier, MS, Certification Assistant
Center for Learning
Phone: 207-626-5280
Email: sbernier@maine.edu