April 2022 Newsletter

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GOVERNOR MILLS ANNOUNCES NEW MAINE JOBS & RECOVERY PLAN INITIATIVE TO STRENGTHEN MAINE’S HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE

Starting April 13, health care employers with fewer than 100 employees across their system who accept MaineCare, may apply for training funds to address staff recruitment and retention issues stemming from the pandemic. All employers and individuals may start to apply for training funds beginning May 2, 2022.

Through the new Healthcare Training for ME website, individuals and employers can connect with training from employers and education partners, such as adult education programs, community colleges, and the university system. Individuals and employers may then apply to receive tuition assistance to enroll in training programs, or offer training to their employees, at little or no cost.

Courses required to earn the MHRT I or the MHRT/Community certifications are eligible. Contact the Maine Career Center for application information, or email healthcaretrainingforme@maine.gov.

WHO HAS TO COMPLETE MHRT/C CONTINUING EDUCATION??

Only those individuals who have met all eight domains and hold a two-year certificate need to complete continuing education (CE). The CE requirement is 18 hours every two years. The certificate holder must complete the CE during the expiration period listed on the certificate, and it should address any one or more of the MHRT/C competencies. The only specification is that a minimum of four (4) hours of the 18 hours of training must cover competencies in Domain 3: Ethics & Professional Development.

Effective November 1, 2021, there are two pathways to full MHRT/C certification, Pathways A and B. Pathway A individuals receive a two-year Full MHRT/C and have the CE requirement for renewal. Pathway B individuals receive a one-year certificate. They must complete half of their missing domain requirements in that year. The applicant then receives a second certificate, valid for an additional year to finish any remaining domains. Once they meet all eight domain requirements and receive a new two-year certificate, then the CE requirement goes into effect.

For more information about the CE requirement, please go to our Continuing Education webpage.

A THIRD PATHWAY TO MHRT/C CERTIFICATION A third pathway to MHRT/C certification is Pathway C. This pathway, effective November 1, 2021, has several entry points: Pathway C
    1. hold a two-year social services related academic degree, OR
    2. complete at least 30 social services related academic credits, OR
    3. hold a four-year or higher unrelated academic degree, OR
    4. have at least one-year of related work experience in adult behavioral health services

If an applicant does not have academic preparation, they must have at least one-year of full-time employment in adult behavioral health.