Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Certification

MHRT/C REDESIGN INITIATIVE
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.

 

  Overview:

If you are reading this section you are most likely interested in learning about the role of the MHRT/Community (MHRT/C) worker and how to become qualified for certification. You will find information and requirements for MHRT/C certification in the procedural guidelines.

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People who work in the MHRT/C role provide services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness
. These services include:

  • Community Integration
  • Intensive Case Management
  • 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)


You can qualify for MHRT/C certification through a variety of ways, such as:

  • Academic Coursework (Please see Appendix A for a list of where courses are available)
  • Non-Academic Coursework (i.e. relevant trainings or workshops)
  • Waivers (for up to 5 courses) based on relevant work experience. See the section on waivers in the procedural guidelines for requirements on waivers.

* There are three different levels of certification: Provisional MHRT/C, Level A; Provisional MHRT/C, Level B; and Full MHRT/C certification.*







Levels of Certification:


 
Provisional Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Level A Certification




You can earn Provisional MHRT/C Level A Certification with an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in an approved human services field. This website lists all regionally accredited colleges and universities and is updated regularly. If you would like to learn about degrees that have been approved for Provisional MHRT/C, Level A certification, please see Appendix C in the Procedural Guidelines. If you have any questions about whether a degree qualifies for provisional Level A certification, please feel free to contact CFL. Please see Appendix A for a list of where courses are available.

Your Provisional MHRT/C Level A Certification is effective for one year from the date of issue. Therefore, you will have one year to complete the five specific requirements for Provisional MHRT/C, Level B certification (see below). If you complete these requirements before your certificate expires, you are eligible for Provisional Level B certification and will have an additional two years to complete the remaining requirements for full MHRT/C certification. Please note that a provisional certificate cannot be reissued once it expires.


 

 
Provisional Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Level B Certification




You can earn Provisional MHRT/C Level B certification after you have completed the five courses listed below. The five courses required for your Provisional MHRT/C, Level B Certification are:

  • Introduction to Community Mental Health
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Crisis Identification and Resolution
  • Cultural Competency/Diversity

Please see Appendix A for a list of where courses are available. Aside from the five courses listed above, some relevant degrees and programs can qualify you for Provisional MHRT/C, Level B Certification.  Please see Appendix C in the MHRT/C Procedural Guidelines for the list of approved degrees and programs.

Your Provisional Level B status is effective for two full years from the date that it has been issued.



 
Full Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Certification

 

You can earn Full MHRT/C certification after you have successfully completed the ten courses listed below.

The ten course requirements for your Full MHRT/C certification are:

  • Introduction to Community Mental Health
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • Interviewing and Counseling
  • Crisis Identification and Resolution
  • Cultural Competency/Diversity
  • Vocational Aspects of Disability
  • Substance Abuse with a Dual Diagnosis Component
  • Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and Recovery
  • Case Management
  • Mental Health and Aging

Your Full MHRT/C certification does not expire.

Please see Appendix A for a list of where courses are available. Some programs are approved as meeting the requirements for full MHRT/C certification. Please see Appendix B in the Procedural Guidelines.

If you have questions about a degree, please contact CFL.

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