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Apr 09, 2020 Massachusetts Association for Mental Health (MAMH) released a new website that provides a search service for all known mental health and substance abuse services in MA. https://massachusetts.networkofcare.org/mh/services/index.aspx

April 8, 2019 Please see the following bill submitted by the Baker Administration that seeks to protect providers practicing across state-lines in the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency. An Act to Provide Liability Protections for Health Care Workers and Facilities During COVID19 Pndemic – Baker

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The new Massachusetts legislative session has begun! MAAPPN’s bill for CNS independent practice, SD835/HD2885 “An Act to Improve Access to Care by Removing Barriers to Practice for Psychiatric Nurse Mental Health Clinical Specialists” has been filed by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Joan Lovely. We have between now and February 1 to gather co-sponsors. The bills (click […]

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

LEGISLATIVE UPDATES BILL FACT SHEETFIND YOUR LEGISLATORSOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORTFeb, 2, 2019: Thank you to all of you who contacted your state representatives in support of MAAPPN’s bills for CNS independent practice (eliminating requirement for supervision after 2 years of practice) and CNS signature authority (meaning CNSs could sign any Massachusetts form that requires physician signature.  NPs got Massachusetts signature authority in the 2016 legislative session.).  The CNS independent practice house bill has 9 Cosponsors and the CNS signature authority bill has 10 Cosponsors.

This week, U.S. Senators Markey and Paul were joined by bipartisan group of Senators, as well as sponsors in the House of Representatives, to introduce legislation that would expand treatment for heroin

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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.