Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician-I (MHRT I)


  MHRT I Certification - Overview:

If you are reading this webpage, you are most likely interested in learning about how to earn an MHRT I certificate so that you may become a Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS). Mental Health Support Specialists provide daily living supports to persons with severe and persistent mental illness in residential settings. MHRT I has two levels of certification: provisional and full.  In order to qualify to apply for MHRT I certification you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or a GED. You must have a provisional certification before you deliver MHRT I services.


 

 

 

 



 
Provisional Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT I) Certification:


 

When you become employed by a mental health agency as a Mental Health Support Specialist, your supervisor will ask you to complete the Provisional Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS) Handbook (pdf). The Handbook is a brief version of the MHSS training required for full certification. Reading this handbook will help you learn about the role of the MHRT I.

Once you have read the handbook, your supervisor will submit a request to the Center for Learning for your provisional MHRT I certification. When the Center for Learning receives this request from your supervisor, they process, co-sign, and mail your provisional MHRT I certificate back to your agency.


Once you have earned your MHRT I provisional certification, you will have one year to work toward full MHRT I certification.

 
Full Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT I) Certification:


 

Within one year of receiving your provisional MHRT I certification, you will complete 5 trainings required for full certification. Agency providers offer some of these trainings, or they may help guide you to other training offerings in your community.

The five trainings required for full MHRT I certification are:

  1. Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS)*
  2. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services (DHHS-DLRS)-Approved Behavioral Intervention Training
  3. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  4. First Aid
  5. 40 hour Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)

Clicking on a requirement above will take you to a resource page for where to take that training.

* MHSS Waiver Policy as of November 25, 2013:

You are not required to take the MHSS training if you have one of the following:

  • Residential Care Specialist (RCS) certification;
  • Full Mental Health Rehabilitation/Community (MHRT/C) Certification;
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work;
  • Master’s Degree in Counseling, Community Mental Health or other Master’s level education that reflects a counseling concentration;
  • License as one of the following Master’s Level Clinicians: LMSW; LMSW-CC; LCPC-CC; LCPC; APRN,CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor); Psy. D/Ph.D. Psychologist; or MD/DO Psychiatrist

You must successfully complete all five trainings and earn full MHRT I certification within one year of receiving your provisional MHRT I. No MHRT I requirements can be waived, except for the MHSS course (see above).

 
Application Procedures


 

To receive full MHRT I certification, all of the following must be received:

  • A letter of application with the applicant's current return address and a phone number at which the applicant can be reached during normal business hours;
Legible photocopies of current certificates (or official transcripts if using a degree) for completion of:
  1. Mental Health Support Specialist training; OR ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

    Residential Care Specialist (RCS) certification;
    Full Mental Health Rehabilitation/Community (MHRT/C) Certification (Or MHRT II or III);
    Master’s Degree in Social Work;
    Master’s Degree in Counseling, Community Mental Health or other Master’s level education that reflects a counseling concentration;
    One of the following Master’s Level Clinician Licenses: LMSW; LMSW-CC; LCPC-CC; LCPC; APRN,CCS (Certified Clinical Supervisor); Psy. D/Ph.D. Psychologist; or MD/DO Psychiatrist

  2. A 40 hr Certified Residential Medication Aide training, dated within two years of date of application; OR a CRMA Refresher to the 40 hr training, dated within two years of date of application;
  3. A DHHS-DLRS Approved Behavioral Intervention Training, dated within one year of the date of application;
  4. A First Aid training, completed within two to three years of date of application - depends on the training, the card must be current at time of application.
  5. A CPR training completed within one to two years of date of application - depends on the training, the card must be current at time of application.


Mail or fax the above information to:

MHRT Request
The Center for Learning
12 East Chestnut St.
Augusta, ME  04330

Fax: (207) 626-5022

If you have any questions, email us

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