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December 2023 Newsletter

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Credit for Work Experience

The MHRT/C Credit for Work Experience (CWE) option enables applicants to use related work experience in adult behavioral health to satisfy competency domain requirements. This option does not apply to the priority Domain 1, Behavioral, Psychological, and Rehabilitation Models, and Domain 3, Ethics and Professional Conduct.

A supervisor must complete the form for the domain the applicant seeks to waive. The form consists of a checklist indicating that the applicant meets the competencies, and a brief narrative describing how the applicant demonstrates this in the workplace. Following is an example of a narrative for Domain 8. It should be written by the supervisor and reference the individual who is applying for the CWE. It does not need to breakout each competency in the domain, nor should the applicant write it.


Re: MHRT-C Domain 8

December 31, 2023

To Whom it May Concern:

I am writing to attest that (name redacted) has gained appropriate experience in the domain of Vocational Support. As an adult case manager, (name redacted) has worked with many adults in varying stages of work readiness and has assisted them to access Vocational Rehabilitation and other employment-focused resources. Since we serve many New-Mainers who are just accessing the workforce in the United States for the first time, (name redacted)’s job often focuses on vocational pursuits, including helping people access trainings, get degree validation, seeking employment, and finding accommodations as needed. (Name redacted) is thoughtful in her ability to promote working and to help consumers mitigate barriers to successful employment. I believe that her work experience more than qualifies her for competence in this domain of Vocational Support.

Thank You,
(Name redacted)
Case Management Clinical Supervisor

Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS)
Train-the-Trainer and Recertification

A three-day train-the-trainer for individuals seeking to become certified to teach the MHSS curriculum is set for March 2024. There are two locations to choose from:

            UMA in Bangor on Tuesday March 5 – Thursday March 7

            AngleZ in Augusta on Tuesday March 12 – Thursday March 14

The one-day recertification for current trainers is at the same locations in Bangor on Monday March 4, or Augusta March 11.

Please follow this link for more information.

MHRT/C Workforce Demographics Survey

The Office of Behavioral Health, with support from the Catherine Cutler Institute Center for Learning, will solicit input from new and renewing MHRT/C certificate holders beginning in January 2024. The plan is to include a link to a brief survey in the email correspondence which goes out with the new or renewed certificates. The Department seeks to address workforce shortages around the state beginning with baseline data from certificate holders. The surveys will be anonymous and optional.

Announcing a New Web Page

The CFL’s website,, now features a link to Next Steps, under How to Get MHRT/C Certified. The link goes to a page called How to Apply for MHRT/C Certification, which uses simple language and a step-by-step process to apply. Please contact with any further questions.

Healthcare Training for ME

This website provides resources for training including funding to cover the cost of training including MHRT I trainings and MHRT/C non-academic training.

Check out Healthcare Training for ME for more information.

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