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