Mandatory Prescreening Agent (MPA) Program
A Mandatory Pre-screening Agent (MPA) is a qualified mental health professional who has successfully completed a 6-hour MPA training course and has been designated by the Commissioner of the Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. MPAs are certified to write the first “Certificate of Need” after conducting the first assessment for involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.
To be considered for eligibility for designation as an MPA you must be licensed to practice in Tennessee and be a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). MPA designation is limited to Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHP) who are employed to provide crisis services by a state provider.
Qualified mental health professionals:
- Physician with expertise in psychiatry
- Psychologist with health service provider designation
- Licensed psychological examiner
- Licensed senior psychological examiner
- Licensed master’s social worker with two years of mental health experience
- Licensed clinical social worker
- Licensed or certified marital and family therapist
- Licensed professional counselor
- Licensed nurse with a master’s degree in nursing who functions as a psychiatric nurse
- Licensed Physician's Assistant with a master's degree and expertise in psychiatry as determined by training, education or experience
Beginning with the September 23, 2015 training, the Mandatory Prescreening Agent (MPA) training will be extended to six hours and will include Suicide Prevention training. Four (4) contact hours are afforded for the MPA training plus two (2) contact hours are afforded for the Suicide Prevention training.
MPA training will be from 9:00 a.m. CT until 1:30 p.m. CT.
Suicide Prevention training will be from 2:30 p.m. CT until 4:00 p.m. CT.
Please note: Your attendance and completion of both trainings are required to be considered for MPA designation.
All registrations for MPA training must be received at least four (4) weeks prior to MPA training date in order to allow time for processing. Any late registrations may be required to choose a different training date.
All Qualified Mental Health Professionals must be licensed at time of registration.
August 22, 2019 (registration must be received by July 25, 2019)
October 24, 2019 (registration must be received by Sept. 26, 2019)
December 5, 2019 (registration must be received by Nov. 7, 2019)
February 20, 2020 (registration must be received by Jan. 23, 2020)
April 23, 2020 (registration must be received by Mar. 26, 2020)
June 18, 2020 (registration must be received by May 21, 2020)
August 20, 2020 (registration must be received by July 23, 2020)
October 22, 2020 (registration must be received by Sept. 24, 2020)
December 3, 2020 (registration must be received by Nov. 5, 2020)
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOUR PROFESSIONAL LICENSE IS A WORK PERMIT, PLEASE SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION REGARDING YOUR WORK PERMIT THAT INCLUDES NUMBER AND EXPIRATION DATE ALONG WITH YOUR MPA TRAINING REGISTRATION FORM.
Download a MPA training registration form here.