Sections 28 and 65 Behavioral Health Professionals

August 2, 2011

This notice is a reminder that Behavioral Health Professionals (BHPs) who provide services under MaineCare Sections 28 (Rehabilitative and Community Support Services for Children with Cognitive Impairments and Functional Limitations) and 65 (Behavioral Health Services) must be BHP certified.

Under Section 28, any staff currently working as a BHP must be certified no later than September 28, 2011. New hires must begin receiving BHP training within thirty (30) days from hire. Provisional candidates must complete the 28-hour BHP training and obtain certification within one (1) year from the date of hire.

Under Section 65, the same timelines apply.