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. 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.
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:
- Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS)
Note: If you have Residential Care Specialist (RCS) or full Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) certification, you are not required to take the MHSS training.
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)-Accepted Behavior Intervention Training
- Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- First Aid
- 40 hour Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA)
To receive full MHRT I certification, all of the following must be received (No part of the MHRT I requirements can be waived):
- 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;
- A Residential Care Specialist training; OR Mental Health Support Specialist training; OR MHRT/C (or MHRT II/III) certificate
- A 40 hr Certified Residential Medication Aide training, dated within two years of date of application; OR a CRMA Refresher training, dated within two years of date of application;
- An intermediate level Mandt, NAPPI, CPI, or other DHHS approved behavioral intervention training, dated within one year of the date of application;
- 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.
- 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:
The Center for Learning
45 Commerce Dr., Suite 11
Augusta, ME 04330
Fax: (207) 626-5022
If you have any questions, email us
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