DEFINITIONS

Licensed Mental Health Professional (LMHP):   Refers to a physician, licensed clinical psychologist, licensed professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, licensed marriage and family therapist, or a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist.


Qualified Mental Health Professional-Adult (QMHP-A): means a person in the human services field who is trained and experienced in providing psychiatric or mental health services to individuals who have a mental illness; including:

  1. a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in Virginia;
  2. a doctor of medicine or osteopathy, specializing in psychiatry and licensed in Virginia;
  3. an individual with a master's degree in psychology from an accredited college or university with at least one year of clinical experience;
  4. a social worker: an individual with at least a bachelor's degree in human services or related field (social work, psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, human services counseling or other degree deemed equivalent to those described) from an accredited college and with at least one year of clinical experience providing direct services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness;
  5. a person with at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an unrelated field that includes at least 15 semester credits (or equivalent) in a human services field and who has at least three years of clinical experience;
  6. a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Provider (CPRP) registered with the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  7. Association (USPRA); (vii) a registered nurse licensed in Virginia with at least one year of clinical experience; or
  8. any other licensed mental health professional.

Qualified Mental Health Professional-Child (QMHP-C): means a person in the human services field who is trained and experienced in providing psychiatric or mental health services to children who have a mental illness. To qualify as a QMHP-C, the individual must have the designated clinical experience and must either:

  1. be a doctor of medicine or osteopathy licensed in Virginia;
  2. have a master's degree in psychology from an accredited college or university with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents;
  3. have a social work bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university with at least one year of documented clinical experience with children or adolescents;
  4. be a registered nurse with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents;
  5. have at least a bachelor's degree in a human services field or in special education from an accredited college with at least one year of clinical experience with children and adolescents, or
  6. be a licensed mental health professional.

Qualified Mental Health Professional-Eligible (QMHP-E): means a person who has:

  1. at least a bachelor's degree in a human service field or special education from an accredited college without one year of clinical experience or
  2. at least a bachelor's degree in a nonrelated field and is enrolled in a master's or doctoral clinical program, taking the equivalent of at least three credit hours per semester and is employed by a provider that has a triennial license issued by the department and has a department and DMAS-approved supervision training program.

Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP): means a person who possesses at least one year of documented experience working directly with individuals who have mental retardation (intellectual disability) or other developmental disabilities and one of the following credentials:

  1. a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in Virginia,
  2. a registered nurse licensed in Virginia, or
  3. completion of at least a bachelor's degree in a human services field, including, but not limited to sociology, social work, special education, rehabilitation counseling, or psychology.
QIDPs must have at least one year of documented experience providing direct services (developing, conducting, and approving assessments and individual service plans) with individuals with a diagnosis of an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities.

Clinical experience means providing direct services to individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or receiving gerontology or special education services.   It includes supervised internships, practicums, and field experience.


A human services field includes social work, gerontology, psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, special education, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and human services counseling.


Qualified Paraprofessionals in Mental Health (QPPMH): means a person who must, at a minimum, meet one of the following criteria:

  1. registered with the United States Psychiatric Association (USPRA) as an Associate Psychiatric Rehabilitation Provider (APRP);
  2. has an associate's degree in a related field (social work, psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, sociology, counseling, vocational rehabilitation, human services counseling) and at least one year of experience providing direct services to individuals with a diagnosis of mental illness; or
  3. has a minimum of 90 hours classroom training and 12 weeks of experience under the direct personal supervision of a QMHP-Adult providing services to individuals with mental illness and at least one year of experience (including the
  4. 12 weeks of supervised experience).

Certified Pre-screener:   An employee of the local Community Services Board (CSB) or its designee, who is skilled in the assessment and treatment of mental illness and has completed a certification program approved by DMHMRSAS.


Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (QSAP):   A qualified substance abuse professional must be one of the following:


Qualified Mental Health Case Manager (QMHCM):   Must have knowledge of:

Must have skills in:

Must have the ability to:


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