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The need for direct service workers in Maine is projected to increase by 45% by 2016.
The Maine Direct Service Worker Training Program recently began piloting a competency-based, coordinated training program for Mental Health Rehabilitation Technicians (MHRTs) across the state of Maine. This is the second of three pilot phases for the program, which offers revised, streamlined curricula to multiple direct service workers across three job titles: mental health rehabilitation technicians, personal support specialists, and direct service professionals. The MHRT pilot program blends online and in-class studies to maximize training accessibility and gives students more flexibility over when, where, and how they complete their lessons. More than 45 participants and four trainers are involved in the pilot. Participants who successfully complete the training will earn MHRT certification and will be able to apply their skills and training toward other direct service certification requirements in the future.
The Maine Direct Service Worker Training Program is a collaboration between the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Augusta, and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The project is directed by Nadine Edris, senior policy associate, and includes the USM School of Nursing as well as the Muskie School’s Disability and Aging, Population Health and Health Policy, and Capital Center programs.
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