Adult mental health training

Training opportunities are offered for a variety of people who are interested in learning about mental health issues.

Adult mental health core training – has moved to the Minnesota Center for Mental Health!!

In February 2013, the traditional Adult Mental Health Core Training series moved to the “new” Minnesota Center for Mental Health at the University of Minnesota (School of Social Work, College of Continuing Education, and the Department of Psychiatry). While the Adult Mental Health Division will continue to educate the state on public policy, finances and direction, the Minnesota Center for Mental Health will focus on current best practice and application of mental health services to those we serve.

Minnesota Center for Mental Health Webinar Series

The Minnesota Center for Mental Health MCMH presents webinars on the second Friday of each month between noon and 1 p.m. throughout the year. Attendance is possible either in person at the University of Minnesota in 155 Peters Hall or online. The address is 1404 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Online information changes for each webinar and will be posted prior to the event on the MCMH website. Webinars are designed to provide behavioral health professionals with information pertinent to current practice issues and research in the field of substance use and mental health. Our quarterly Practice Brief provides additional information and resources that augment the Webinar topics. Periodically we will also focus on core competencies that providers have indicated an interest exploring in more depth. Each person attending the webinar either in person or online is eligible to receive one CEU upon successful completion of a post-test.

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Other trainings and informational sessions

A Free Webinar for Mental Health Professionals and Partners

Presented by: Dr. Jill Williams from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Division of Addiction Psychiatry

Prevalence of tobacco use among mental health and substance consumers, incorporating assessment of tobacco, and motivation assessments.

Date: September 24, 2014

Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Central Time


  • • Prevalence of tobacco use among mental health and substance use consumers
  • • Understanding tobacco addiction
  • • Incorporating assessment of tobacco dependence into clinical practice
  • • Using motivational assessments and psychosocial treatments
  • Register here:

    Questions - Call Erin at (507) 382-7421 or

    ARMHS information session for new applicants (MH131)

    *Update: the ARMHS information sessions have been cancelled for the remainder of 2014. We will be working on improving the current ARMHS certification process to add ease and enhancement to our customers. Please watch for further updates.

    This class will communicate with potential applicant providers about Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) prior to the submission of an ARMHS Certification Application to the DHS Adult Mental Health Services Division. The potential ARMHS provider entity applicant should register the qualified Clinical Supervisor, or clinical consultant, as well as the entity’s Administrative Representative. Seminars for 2014 will be held April 4, July 11, September 5 and November 7. All seminars will be on Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. ARMHS Registration Information

    Online training and resources

    The AMHD has several self-paced online learning modules available. Register and complete the modules at the TrainLink learning center. Select “Course Search/Online Learning” to choose from a category or view all available modules. All users must register to access courses. After registration, learners can start, pause, stop and revisit the modules at any time. We ask that users only take a course once if they plan on using it towards any of their board requirements. Upon completion, you may go back at any time to review or refresh your knowledge of the materials. * Important Reminder: all online trainings must be completed within 3 months of the start date.

    Basic system requirements for online training and resources

    The following list contains the basic system requirements recommended in order to best view our online training(s):

  • • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. [NOTE: May work on Mac OS, but not tested]
  • • Internet Connection: 256 kbps or better.
  • • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 or better.
  • • Browser: Internet Explorer (version 6 or higher), Firefox, Chrome. NOTE: Safari is currently NOT supported, and our trainings do not work in this browser at this time.
  • • Accessibility: Users with accessibility requirements should use Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher). Window-Eyes screen reader recommended for best compatibility.
  • • Please disable all browser pop-up blockers.
  • • Adobe Flash Player version 9 or higher.
  • • Adobe Reader version 7 or higher.
  • How to enroll in online training

  • • Go to the AMH Learning Center:
  • o If you DO NOT have a unique key id please go through the “Unique Key Request” process
  • • Click ‘Sign On’ in the upper right corner and enter your Unique Key and Click ‘GO’!
  • • Click “Search Learning Activities”
  • • Enter nothing and click “Search” – this will bring up all of our classes.
  • • Find your class and choose the “Select” button to launch the class.
  • • You can either choose the “Course Content” tab and click “Start”, or you can click the “Start Course” icon in the upper right corner.
  • • Your class will now launch in a separate window – please remember to shut off your pop-up blockers.
  • Adult mental health targeted case management (AMH-TCM): an online course (MH640-645)

    Adult Targeted Case Management training is now being provided in an online format! This training, provided in five modules, plus an overview module, will guide you through the basic understanding on providing targeted case management to adults with a mental illness.

    Crisis curriculum: an online course (MH651-MH656)

    This online course has been updated and completely replaces MH650. This training may be used once toward the 30 hours of specialized training required for mental health practitioners to perform crisis intervention and assessment activities and for mental health rehabilitation workers to provide crisis stabilization services. The course may take approximately ten hours to complete online – we strongly encourage ALL enrollees to not complete this training in one day. This new training breaks the training into smaller modules, which will require you to complete the previous modules before you can proceed forward. The Crisis Response Services Page has more information about the course and registration process.

    Diagnostic assessment 101: an online course (MH631)

    "Diagnostic assessment" (DA) means a written assessment that documents a clinical and functional face-to-face evaluation of the client's mental health, including the nature, severity and impact of behavioral difficulties, functional impairment, and subjective distress of the client, and identifies the client's strengths and resources.

    The Adult and Children’s Mental Health Divisions have created this interactive on-line training experience for individual and provider agencies of outpatient mental health services. This training is designed to break down the new standards for the different types of diagnostic assessments as it relates to the new changes in the Outpatient Mental Health Services rule (9505.0370, 9505.0371, 9505.0372). This rule has been in effect since June 28, 2011.


    By completing the course, the learner will be able to:

    • Understand the role the DA plays within MN outpatient mental health services paid for by medical assistance

    • Understand the four types of DA’s that are now available

    • Understand what components are required for each type of DA

    • Understand why we require a substance use screening

    This on-line training is designed to provide a basic understanding of the purpose of the DA as well as the opportunity to learn the skills needed to complete a DA.

    Functional assessment 101: an online course (MH630)

    The functional assessment (FA) is required for the following services paid for with Medicaid (MA) dollars: Targeted Case Management (TCM), Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS), Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS), Day Treatment, Partial Hospitalization, and Intensive Community Recovery Services (ICRS).

    This on-line training is designed to provide a basic understanding of the purpose of the FA as well as the opportunity to learn the skills needed to complete a FA.

    MA documentation: an online course (MH621-MH628)

    MA Documentation was created in 2010 to assist staff in understanding the importance of documentation. This material combines the materials from the classroom trainings that we funded from 2007-2009 as well as additional information that will be of benefit to your organization. A pre-requisite online class (MH601) is required for the complete MA Documentation class.

    MHIS Package: an online resource (MH635)

    The Mental Health Information System (MHIS) Package has finally arrived! This online resource, which does not provide any CEU capability, has been created to assist mental health providers in understanding how to report on their required client-level data. This package contains a PowerPoint of the policy, as well as an informational video on how to upload and report.

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