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COVID-19 PLACE Updates

Please see below DMH PLACE credentialing announcements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 7th DMH PLACE Review Board Meeting:

As of March 26th, the April 7, 2020, DMH PLACE Review Board meeting will be held.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be closed to the public.  We will only conduct application/special request reviews; no other PLACE Review Board business will be conducted. As of March 26th, the application deadline for this meeting is April 2, 2020.  Please monitor this site for updates.

April, May and June 2020 DMH PLACE Exam Days:

The April, May and June 2020 PLACE Exam Days are cancelled.  We will resume testing again in July, per MSDH and CDC guidelines at that time.  Please monitor this site for updates.

DMH Provisionally Certified Mental Health Therapists (PCMHTs), DMH Provisionally Certified Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists (PCIDDTs), and DMH Provisionally Certified Addictions Therapists (PCATs) with an April, May or June 2020 expiration date who are presently in “Current” or “Extended” Status will have their provisional expiration dates automatically migrated to July 31st, August 31st, September 31st, respectively.

If you have already submitted your April or May 2020 PLACE Exam Day Registration Form or Fee, you will be allowed to transfer your fee to an upcoming registration date.  DMH PLACE will send you an email.

Date of Issuance Policy – DMH PLACE Rule 14.3B:

For individuals hired by our providers from March 1st through June 31st (or transferred into a new position as outlined in Rule 14.3B) the Date of Issuance policy outlined in DMH PLACE Rule 14.3B will be extended from 30 days from the date of hire (or date of transfer as applicable) to 90 days from the date of hire/transfer.

2020 Renewal Season:

The 2020 Renewal Season for DMH Certified Mental Health Therapists/Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapists (CMHTs/LCMHTs) and DMH Certified Addictions Therapists/Licensed Clinical Addictions Therapists (CATs/LCATs) is cancelled.

DMH Certified Mental Health Therapists/Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapists (CMHTs/LCMHTs) and DMH Certified Addictions Therapists/Licensed Clinical Addictions Therapists (CATs/LCATs) whose credentials are in “Current” or “Inactive” status and who need to renew their credential by June 30th will have their credential expiration date automatically changed to June 30, 2022.

In conjunction with 2020 Renewal Season cancellation, DMH has eliminated the face-to-face continuing education (CE) renewal requirement for DMH Mental Health Therapists and DMH Addictions Therapists (as outlined in the DMH PLACE Rules document) for the certification/licensure period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020. DMH Mental Health Therapists and DMH Addictions Therapists who are trying to gain CEs for renewal compliance (even though the 2020 Renewal Season has been canceled) are not required to gain face-to-face CEs for the certification/licensure period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020. We encourage this cohort to continue to gain the required CEs for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020, certification/licensure period (as outlined in the DMH PLACE Rules document) through online and distance learning activities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DMH will not conduct a continuing education (CE) renewal audit for DMH Mental Health Therapists and DMH Addictions Therapists for the certification/licensure period of July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020.

We will be reaching out to our state mental health system providers with additional information regarding this change.

Verification of Certification Requests:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we kindly encourage our DMH providers to refrain from requesting wide-scale verifications of certifications.

Updates:

Please continue to monitor this site as well as the DMH Facebook page for updates.

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) Division of Professional Licensure and Certification (PLACE) is responsible for developing and implementing licensure and certification programs for categories of professionals who are employed at programs which are operated, funded and/or certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH). The network of programs fitting this description is collectively referred to as Mississippi’s “state mental health system.”

Employment in Mississippi’s “state mental health system,” as defined above, is a mandatory requirement to apply for and hold a DMH professional credential.

DMH PLACE Professional Credentialing Rules and Requirements Effective Date – May 1, 2017:  This document contains the rules and requirements for all Mississippi Department of Mental Health professional credentialing programs administered through the DMH Division of PLACE.

Click here for the DMH PLACE Professional Credentialing Rules and Requirements Effective Date, May 1, 2017 Document

DMH PLACE Professional Credentialing Programs

DMH currently offers the following credentialing programs administered through PLACE:

DMH Mental Health Therapist Program: 

DMH Mental Health Therapist Examination Web-based Training Component Course List (Updated 1/15/2020)
DMH Mental Health Therapist Application Forms (PCMHT & CMHT) Effective Date – June 1, 2017

DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist Program: 

DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist Examination Web Based Training Component Course List (Updated May 2019)
DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapist Application Forms (PCIDDT & CIDDT) Effective Date – June 15, 2017

DMH Addictions Therapist Program:  

DMH Addictions Therapist Application Forms (PCAT & CAT) Effective Date – June 30, 2017
PCAT web-based training course list (pertaining to individuals who obtained the DMH PCAT credential prior to May 1, 2017)
DMH Addictions Therapist Examination Web Based Training Component Course List (Updated 01/15/20)

DMH Community Support Specialist Program:

DMH Community Support Specialist Application Forms (PCCSS & CCSS) Effective Date – June 30, 2017
CSS web-based training course list (Community Support Specialists)
CSS web-based training course list (Support Coordinators)/IDD Targeted Case Managers

DMH Licensed Administrator Program:

DMH Licensed Administrator Application Forms (LA) Effective Date – June 30, 2017

DMH PLACE Professional Credentialing Complaint Form: 

This is the official form for filing a complaint with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) Division of Professional Licensure and Certification (PLACE). 

DMH PLACE Professional Credentialing Complaint Form

Click here for FY 2020 PLACE Review Board Meeting & Application Deadline Dates

Click here for DMH PLACE Exam Registration

How do I get more information?

  • General inquiries pertaining to DMH professional credentialing programs administered through the DMH Division of PLACE and/or application assistance needs should be directed to the DMH Division of PLACE.
  • The rules and requirements document and the application forms are currently available for download on this website or by contacting the DMH Division of PLACE.

Contact Information:

Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH)
Division of Professional Licensure and Certification (PLACE)
1101 Robert E. Lee Building
239 North Lamar Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
601-359-1288 (DMH Main #)
601-359-6295 (Fax)
www.dmh.ms.gov

place@dmh.ms.gov (PLACE email)