Specialty certification in correctional mental health is a validation of your dedication to continuing competence and quality service delivery.
Mental health professionals in the correctional environment face unique challenges. They must provide effective, efficient care to a high acuity population while facing strict security regulations, crowded facilities and the myriad legal and public health considerations unique to this specialty. To meet these challenges, continual professional growth is essential. Specialty certification provides formal recognition for practitioners who have engaged in a process of ongoing, focused and targeted professional development.
Current CCHPs may apply for mental health specialty certification at any time, assuming they meet all eligibility requirements. CCHP-MH certification requires the completion of an application and a passing score on a two-hour, proctored, multiple-choice examination. The examination is administered several times throughout the year.