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Becoming a Community Provider
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Thank you for your interest in becoming a community service provider. The Alabama Department of Mental Health has oversight for a broad network of care, treatment, programs, and services that specifically enable persons with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, or substance abuse disorders to reside in communities. Individuals and organizations that provide services or are interested in providing such services in your communities must meet certain requirements and must be certified by the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

To begin the process, prospective providers must complete two training courses designed to provide essential information about the certification process, including information on life safety and physical facility standards, nurse delegation, criminal background checks, programmatic requirements, and certification administration, as well as instruction on how to complete the certification application.

  • The first course is an online course; this course provides information that will give individuals a general idea of the certification requirements. It includes a test at the end, and a certificate may be generated as verification of completion. Prospective providers should click on the ADMH Education Website link at the bottom of this page to complete the online course. (Also, please click on the instructions link below, to print instructions for accessing and completing the online course.)

  • On successful completion of the online course, prospective providers should register to attend the one-day mandatory live orientation program called “Prospective Community Provider Orientation”. This live orientation is presented in an open forum format that provides instruction as well as an opportunity for prospective providers to have their questions answered. Throughout the day, knowledgeable ADMH staff will be available to serve as resources for beginning the certification process. To register for the live orientation program, download the registration form by clicking on link below. You must complete the registration form and submit it as instructed on the form, along with the online course completion certificate and the non-refundable $75 registration fee. Afterwards, you should check for confirmation of your registration by checking the link below. The confirmation list will be updated Fridays before 3:00 PM CST.

Again, successful completion of the online course and attendance at the live orientation are required in order to obtain an application to become a provider.

*Important Note: Reservations for the Live Orientation class are limited! Completion of the online course does not guarantee availability of space in the course. Spaces will be reserved for the first 200 registrants. Those interested in attending the course should complete the online course, and then check below for the date of the next live class and availability of space; if the course is available, immediately send in your registration form, your online course completion certificate, and the $75 money order. Registration forms which arrive without course completion certificates and money orders (no personal checks) will be returned. Registrations which arrive after the course has filled will be returned. Dates for live orientation classes will be announced below.

Please do not call to check for space availability updates.

Live Orientation Class DatesAvailability of Space
January 23, 2014 CLOSED

Outline of Required Steps in the Orientation Process:

  1. Complete the online course and print certificate.
  2. Check back to this website link for availability of space remaining.
  3. If there is remaining space, complete and send registration form, copy of online course completion certificate, and $75 money order to address provided on registration form.
  4. After one week, check confirmation list provided here.
  5. If reservation is confirmed, attend live Provider Orientation Class in Montgomery, AL- see directions below.

If you have questions about the class registration process, please contact us by email:


Be sure to visit other areas of the Alabama Department of Mental Health website, including Certification Administration, Life Safety and Technical Services, Nurse Delegation Program, and the Bureau of Special Investigations, which are all areas involved in the certification process. There are many other resources available through each of the department’s service divisions – Developmental Disabilities (formerly Intellectual Disabilities or Mental Retardation) and the division of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse. You may also find an abundance of general information on the Internet under the small business administration websites that will give you insight on starting a business in Alabama.

Again, thank you for your interest in becoming a community service provider.

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