News You Can Use…

3/21/19 Many of our patients are now using CBD products to ease insomnia or anxiety. As clinicians,  we are being asked how to help our patients understand these uses and use them safely along with other psychotropic treatments. Here are several links to a recent literature review you might find helpful. CBD WHO Report CBD […]

3/21/19 Maria Gianan, Psych NP and MAAPPN member,  announces the start of a Peer Review Group to start on Thursday,  March 28th from 8 to 9 PM located at 1 Union Place Dedham.

Post your need for (or offer of) office space here. Contact us at

3/13/19 DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula’s testimony from Monday’s Joint Committee on Ways and Means hearing in Needham. DMH FY20 Testimony March 11 2019

3/6/19 In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money.

3/5/19  CONVERSION THERAPY BAN SPARKS DEBATE[Story Developing] Longtime supporters of legislation that would make Massachusetts the sixteenth state to ban sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors are hoping this year is finally the year it becomes law. The proposed prohibition on state-licensed health care providers offering conversion therapy nearly became law last summer, clearing both […]

MAAPPN Chair Diane Grimaldi, DNP, PMHCNS, BC

Message From MAAPPN Chair

As the chair of Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) since 2004, I have had the privilege of collaborating with exemplary nursing leaders who volunteer in their positions on our board of directors.  It is our mission to improve behavioral healthcare in the Commonwealth by addressing the practice concerns of advanced practice psychiatric nurses and the needs of the people we serve.  MAAPPN is the only organization in the state to represent the interests of all advanced practice psychiatric nurses including both the CNS and the NP. Our current goals include improving access to high quality care with supervisory independence, signatory equivalence of CNS/NPs, peer mentorship opportunities, payer continuity of care, appropriate telehealth, and full mental health and substance abuse parity.

MAAPPN works to ensure that we have effective relationships with legislators, payers, and colleagues through consistent involvement in the professional and political landscape of Massachusetts.  As a professional organization with a volunteer structure, and a respected lobbyist with whom we contract, dues are an important part of our operations.  We also now have an affiliated political action committee (PAC) through which we can make donations to political candidates who support our interests.  Running for political office can entail significant expenses and is largely supported through political donations that allow our legislative allies to continue serving their constituents.  Any personal donations to our PAC are especially welcome.  Finally, even modest donations of time and involvement are essential to the health of our organization.  Currently in addition to the PAC and Board we have 3 committees (legislative, practice, and membership) as well as a liaison to insurance companies. We have a strong sense of community and camaraderie, and we welcome you to learn more about us and consider becoming actively involved in our mission.

MAAPPN History

MAAPPN has a long and storied history. In 1975, when nurses were excluded from insurance reimbursement we formed as Nurses United for Reimbursable Services (NURS) but within a year changed both the mission and name to “Nurses United for Responsible Services”.

NURS met with astonishing success in accomplishing unprecedented legislative and policy gains in MA. In the intervening years, Psychiatric APRNs have continued to earn the respect of our colleagues and clients as highly skilled providers, reliable quality advocates and superb educators for our future generation of advanced practice nurses.

Today, MAAPPN continues its mission to protect our ability to practice to our full scope.

Many of MA Psychiatric APRNs enjoy life-long careers right here in the state and have long standing careers in serving our communities and citizens in any variety of settings.

Psychiatric APRNs now have access to professional roles in institutions, facilities, group practices and in solo private practices.

We enjoy the privileges of our clinical practice today in large part due to the past and current efforts of this extraordinary organization and look forward to many more years of MAAPPNs support for the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse!

Industry Partners

MAAPPN is grateful to those who have supported us through our website and quarterly meeting opportunities.   We invite interested industry leaders to explore opportunities to display at our Quarterly Member Meetings!


Maappn Member Meetings

MAAPPN hosts quarterly membership meetings as an opportunity to connect with colleagues, get updates on legislative activities and share clinical expertise and educational opportunities.