Professional Licensure and Certification (Place)

COVID-19 PLACE Updates

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

2021 Renewal Season:

The 2021 Renewal Season for DMH Certified Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists/Licensed Clinical Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists (CIDDTs/LCIDDTs) and DMH Licensed Administrators (LAs) is cancelled.

DMH Certified Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists/Licensed Clinical Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists (CIDDTs/LCIDDTs) and DMH Licensed Administrators (LAs) 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, 2023.

In conjunction with 2021 Renewal Season cancellation, DMH has eliminated the face-to-face continuing education (CE) renewal requirement for DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists and DMH Licensed Administrators (as outlined in the DMH PLACE Rules document) for the certification/licensure period of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021. We encourage DMH CIDDTs/LCIDDTs and DMH LAs to continue to gain the required CEs for the July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 certification/licensure period through online learning, virtual training and distance learning.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DMH will not conduct a continuing education (CE) renewal audit for DMH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Therapists and DMH Licensed Administrators for the certification/licensure period of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021.

Likewise, the 2021 Renewal Season for DMH Certified Community Support Specialists (CCSSs) is cancelled.  DMH Certified Community Support Specialists (CCSSs) whose credentials are in “Current” or “Inactive” status and who need to renew their credential by September 30th will have their credential expiration date automatically changed to September 30, 2023.

In conjunction with 2021 Renewal Season cancellation, DMH has eliminated the face-to-face continuing education (CE) renewal requirement for DMH Community Support Specialists (as outlined in the DMH PLACE Rules document) for the certification/licensure period of October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021.  We encourage DMH Certified Community Support Specialists to continue to gain the required CEs for the October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021 certification/licensure period through online learning, virtual training and distance learning.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DMH will not conduct a continuing education (CE) renewal audit for DMH Certified Community Support Specialists for the certification/licensure period of October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2021.

Date of Issuance Policy – DMH PLACE Rule 14.3B – Updated Feb. 9, 2021

For individuals hired by our providers from March 1 through December 31, 2020 (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. This temporary provision does not apply to individuals hired (or transferred as applicable) on or after January 1, 2021.  Individuals hired (or transferred as applicable) on or after January 1, 2021, will be expected to follow the Date of Issuance policy, as outlined in Rule 14.3B in the current DMH PLACE Rules and Requirements document.

Verification of Certification Requests:

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

DMH PLACE Exams:

DMH PLACE Exam Days will be held in accordance with CDC and MSDH COVID-19 pandemic guidelines in place at the time of testing.

  • Please continue to monitor the PLACE page of the DMH website (including the Exam Registration page) and the DMH Facebook page for any updates, including upcoming exam dates.
  • For additional information, including exam registration information and DMH PLACE COVID-19 Exam Day/Exam Site policy, please visit the DMH PLACE Examination Registration Link.
  • If the COVID-19 pandemic guidelines change, then upcoming test dates could be affected.

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 7/2/2020)
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 8/26/20)
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
DMH Addictions Therapist Examination Web Based Training Component Course List (Updated 7/10/20)

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
CSS web-based training course list (Wraparound Facilitators)

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 2022 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)