Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Disability and Aging

Scott Bernier, M.S.

Project Assistant II


12 E. Chestnut Street, Augusta

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 626-5280

Scott Bernier joined the USM Muskie School’s Center for Learning (CFL) in 1998. He is the main point of contact for the state’s adult mental health certification programs: Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS), Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician I (MHRT I), MHRT/Community (MHRT/C), and MHRT/Crisis Service Provider (MHRT/CSP). In this capacity, he is in daily contact with agencies and the general public by email, phone, and in person, answering questions in regards to the certification process. He performs the first review of all MHRT applications and keeps track of where all applications are in the process. He maintains all certification records, both paper and electronic, and serves as the CFL’s webmaster (

Scott oversees the MHRT/C Tuition Reimbursement and the Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHS)-mental health employee workshop allocation programs. For both of these programs, he tracks budgets, reviews applications, sends out payments, and submits monthly reports. In addition, he provides logistical support for CFL-sponsored trainings and meetings, which range from small groups to large two-day conferences for several hundred people with multiple breakout sessions.

Outside of Muskie, Scott is very active with the Boy Scouts of America, providing support to scout volunteers in five Maine counties.


  • Bachelor of Science, Meteorology, Plymouth State University
  • Master of Science, Atmospheric Science, Texas Tech University

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