A Behavioral Health Professional (BHP):

  • Works with children with serious emotional disturbance or children with an intellectual disability or autism
  • Can work in a residential setting, in a child’s, at school or in another community setting
  • Provides personal supervision and therapeutic support to persons with severe and persistent mental illness, helping individuals to develop and maintain the daily living skills necessary to remain oriented, healthy, and safe.

To become a certified Behavioral Health Professional the candidate must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a Bachelors Degree in a related field*
  • Complete the 50-hour Behavioral Health Professional  training program
  • Have certification in CPR, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens

A person may not be hired as a Behavioral Health Professional if that person has ever been:

  • Convicted of a crime involving abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • Convicted of a crime in connection to intentional or knowing conduct that caused, threatened, solicited or created the substantial risk of bodily injury to another person
  • Convicted of a crime resulting from a sexual act, contact, touching or solicitation in connection to any victim; or
  • Convicted of any other crime classified as Class A, B or C or the equivalent of any of these, or any reckless conduct that caused, threatened, solicited or created the substantial risk of bodily injury to another person within the preceding two (2) years

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* If a candidate does  not have a Bachelors Degree but does have a high school diploma or GED, that person is eligible to provide services to children under MaineCare Section 28 Rehabilitation and Community Support Services.