Mental Health and Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT)

With administrative support from the Muskie School, OBH has oversight of training, continuing education, and Certification for frontline mental health workers. There are three types of certification: Community (MHRT/C), Residential (MHRT/I), and Crisis Service Provider (MHRT/CSP).

Pathways to MHRT (PDF)

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community certification (MHRT/C) professionals work with adults living with serious mental illness in a variety of settings including:

  • Community Integration
  • Behavioral Health Home (BHH)
  • Mental Health Psychosocial Clubhouse
  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Skills Development
  • Day Support Services
  • Family Psycho-Education (as outlined in Chapter II, section 17 and 65 of the MaineCare Benefits manual)

The MHRT/C certification program is competency based, enabling those with a variety of backgrounds who have appropriate education, work experience and training to earn certification. To qualify for the MHRT/C certificate, candidates must meet requirements using one or more of the following options:

  1. Academic preparation (eligible degrees or courses must be from a regionally accredited college or university)
  2. Practical work experience [related to providing direct services in the behavioral health field for adults and/or transition-age youth (16+ years old)]
  3. Qualifying non-academic education and training in the competency domains
  4. A Prior Learning Assessment (Info on this process is on the Muskie School’s Center For Learning website Prior Learning Assessment page)

View a complete lists of the knowledge competencies in each domain (PDF).

Please follow this link for the MHRT/C Guidelines (As of 1/21/21).

NOTE: Please contact the Center for Learning for all MHRT/C-related inquiries at (207) 626-5280.