A Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) refers to someone who has earned a minimum of an undergraduate degree and at least one year of experience working with individuals with mental health disorders. In addition, there are two types of QMHP. There is the QMHP-A and the QMHP-C. The QMHP-A has an undergraduate degree and at least one year of experience working with adults (hence the “A”) while a QMHP-C has at least an undergraduate degree and one year of experience working with children with behavioral disorders or other mental health problems. A QMHP can have degrees in the following areas (Not limited to this list):
Early Child Development
QMHP certification doesn’t come with an official document in the form of diploma or other form of documentation. It’s more of an implied certification based on what is listed on your resume. Of course, documentation such as a college transcripts or work references may be requested by a future employer for verification. Paid internships may also count toward work experience for new graduates seeking employment.
The QIDP is the former Qualified Mental Retardation Professional or QMRP. This change was approved in 2010 due to Rosa’s Law, which replaced the term mental retardation with intellectual disability.
The Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) has at least an undergraduate degree and one year working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In some cases, five years of experience can substitute for the education requirement. However, advanced clinical positions like case managers and care coordinators require at least an undergraduate degree. The areas of study are pretty much the same as the QMHP qualifications. And like the QMHP, the QIDP does not come with any official documentation or certification that needs to be renewed.
The QIDP often takes on roles that require developing service plans and training support staff. These duties often take place in group homes and Intermediate Care Facilities.