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News from the Center for Learning

The Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services has revised its policy of reimbursing tuition funds. Please see the new policy at the: Tuition Reimbursement Program Page

The DHHS Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (DHHS/SAMHS) and the Muskie School of Public Service have begun a new initiative to review and redesign the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification program. For details please go to SAMHS' website.

Challenging Behaviors Training
A free one hour training designed for all types of direct service workers, we will discuss a range of challenging behaviors you are likely to encounter in your work. We will review strategies for reducing and managing these challenging behaviors and explore ways you can become more aware of your own behavior and how it impacts the people you support.

For more information, please visit the Maine Direct Service Training website

The Center for Learning (CFL)

By overseeing competency-based certification programs for staff working in the mental health field, CFL supports best practice and informs policy in the area of workforce development. In administering the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) certification programs, CFL develops knowledge competencies, designs and implements quality assurance processes, and assesses workers' qualifications. CFL also collaborates with academic institutions and other agencies in Maine that provide education and training to ensure that mental health courses, programs and trainers meet standards outlined in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines and Trainer and Curriculum Standards.

Mental health workers with MHRT certification provide residential, community, and crisis services to persons with mental health needs throughout the state of Maine. This website contains information about the MHRT certification programs, the Mental Health Support Specialist training, and tuition reimbursement and workshop allocations. For a brief description of all of the MHRT certificates, the mental health workers and the roles they perform, please click on the link below:

[View Certification and Role Descriptions]