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Program Information
Program Name: Community Support Specialist Program - CSSP
Agency Name: Medical Care Development, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1992
Public Contact Person: Linda Williams
Address: 11 Parkwood Drive
Augusta, ME 04330
Telephone #: 207-622-7566 ext 243
Fax #: 207-622-3616
Email Address:
Website URL:
Program Category: Community Education, Peer Support, Recovery Education
Target Participants:
Program Setting:
Annual Program Budget: $100,000-$200,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: None
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: Majority
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: All
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? No
Program Goals: The Community Support Specialist Program - CSSP will provide a college education and support to people in recovery from mental health and substance abuse issues. The goal is to have people graduate with a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community Provisional Certification - MHRT/C and go to work in the mental health or substance abuse field.
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: We have over 170 graduates of the CSSP and in 2006 71% of the graduates were either employed or in college.
Program Mission Statement: The CSSP will provide a college level education to people in recovery from mental health and co-occurring issues allowing students to earn the Provisional Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community Certification
Additional Information: The Community Support Specialist Program - CSSP provides a college education to people who are in recovery. The students are registered through the University of Maine Augusta for five of the ten courses required for the MHRT/C. Students who successfully complete the CSSP will receive the Provisional MHRT/C which will assist them in obtaining employment in the mental health field

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