Information on Annual Maintenance of
QMHI/QMHI-S Certification

  1. A certification under Alabama State Code 580-3-23-06 is valid for twelve (12) months.
  2. At least ninety (90) days prior to the expiration of a qualified mental health interpreter or qualified mental health interpreter – supervisor certification, the Office of Deaf Services will mail a reminder to the interpreter with a request for submission of documentation attesting to completion of certification maintenance requirements. Failure to receive said notification does not remove the requirement that appropriate documentation be submitted to the Office of Deaf Services in a timely manner.
  3. An interpreter can maintain certification by submitting documentation to the Office of Deaf Services of any of the following activities.
    1. Working in clinical settings at least forty (40) hours in the 12 months following issuance of certification or renewal, or
    2. Attending forty (40) clock hours of mental health related training, or
    3. A combination of the above equaling forty (40) contact hours.
  4. An interpreter can maintain supervisory status by submitting documentation to the Office of Deaf Services of any of the following activities.
    1. Maintain QMHI.
    2. Documentation that at least 20 of for the QMHI maintenance hours (listed in #3 above) include work in clinical settings.
    3. Supervision of one Practicum Interpreter or documentation of at least 40 contact hours of training in:  Supervision, mentoring, teaching methods, adult education.
    4. Participation in (a majority of) quarterly QMHI-S roundtable conference calls.

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Certification Cole

The QMHI Certification cycle runs January 1 to December 31 and you will need to submit documentation of at least 40 hours (as described in item #3 above) by December 31st each year.


QMHI Maintenance Record

Log for keeping track of hours needed to maintain QMHI certification. Download it HERE


CEU Opportunities for QMHI and QMHI-S Holders

A small compendium of possibilities.  If you have ideas, submit them HERE
 

Current QMHIs

Charlene Crump, Montgomery*
Denise Zander, Wisconsin
Nancy Hayes, Remlap
Brian McKenny, Montgomery*
Dee Johnston, Talladega
Lisa Gould, Mobile
Gail Schenfisch, Wyoming
Wendy Darling, Montgomery
Pat Smartt, Sterrett
Lee Stoutamire, Mobile
Frances Smallwood, Huntsville
Cindy Camp, Piedmont
Lynn Nakamoto, Hawaii
Roz Kia, Hawaii
Kathleen Lamb, North Carolina
Stacy Lawrence, Florida
Sandy Peplinski, Wisconsin
Katherine Block, Wisconsin*
Steve Smart, Wisconsin
Stephanie Kerkvliet, Wisconsin
Nicole Kulick, South Carolina
Janet Whitlock, Georgia
Sereta Campbell, Tuscaloosa*
Thai Morris, Georgia
Lynne Lumsden, Washington*
Tim Mumm, Wisconsin
Patrick Galasso, Vermont
Kendra Keller, California*
June Walatkiewicz, Michigan
Melanie Blechl, Wisconsin
Sara Miller, Wisconsin
Jenn Ulschak, Tennessee
Kathleen Lanker, California
Debra Barash, Wisconsin
Tera Vorphal, Wisconsin
Julayne Feilbach, New York
Sue Gudenkauf, Wisconsin
Tamera Fuerst, Wisconsin
Rhiannon Sykes-Chavez, New Mexico
Roger Williams, South Carolina*
Denise Kirby, Pennsylvania
Darlene Baird, Hawaii
Stacy Magill, Missouri
Camilla Barrett, Missouri
Angela Scruggs, Tennessee
Andrea Nelson, Oregon
Michael Klyn, California
Cali Luckett, Texas
Mariah Wojdacz, Georgia
David Payne, North Carolina
Lori Milcic, Pennsylvania
Amber Mullett, Wisconsin
Nancy Pfanner, Texas
Jennifer Janney, Delware
Stacie Adrian, Missouri
Tomina Schwenke, Georgia
Bethany Batson, Tennessee
Karena Poupard, North Carolina
Tracy Kleppe, Wisconsin
Rebecca De Santis, New Mexico
Nicole Keeler, Wisconsin
Sarah Biello, Washington, D.C.
Scottie Allen, Wisconsin
Maria Kielma, Wisconsin
Erin Salmon, Georgia
Andrea Ginn, New Mexico
Carol Goeldner, Wisconsin
Susan Faltinson, Colorado
Crystal Bean, Arizona
Mistie Owens, Utah
Claire Alexander, Minnesota
Amanda Gilderman, Minnesota
Jolleen Hudson, Washington State
Melissa Marsh, Minnesota
Bridget Sabatke, Minnesota
Adrienne Bodisch, Pennsylvania
Beth Moss, Tennessee
Jasmine Lowe, Georgia
Pam Hill, Georgia
Lori Erwin, Goergia
Jenae Hanson, Minnesota
Katherine Anderson, Tuscaloosa
Christina Healy, Oregon
Becky Lukkason, Minnesota 
Jamie Forman. New York
Roxanna Sylvia, Massachusetts
LaShawnda Lowe, Georgia
Leia Sparks, Wisconsin
Jamie Garrison, Wisconsin 
Deb Walker, Georgia
Tara Tobin-Rogers, New York
Leah Rushing, Georgia
 
*Indicates QMHI-Supervisor Status

 

People who have limited English proficiency, including those who are deaf, have historically been limited in their ability to access mental health services. When they do obtain services, they usually require an interpreter. The quality of interpretive services has a substantial and direct bearing on the outcome of services provided and can have life-or-death consequences when the

   

Interpretation is inaccurate. Qualified Mental Health Interpreters (QMHI) are trained to work effectively in mental health situations.  Holders of QMHI certification are the best of the best.

  

Qualified Mental Health Interpreter Certification