MAAPPN Needs Members with Expertise on The Following

MAAPPN Needs Members With Expertise Who Can Consult on the Following.  MAAPPN sits at the table on the influential MA Mental Health Coalition and we meet monthly.  In this group, legislation, policies and regs are reviewed as these could impact each of our groups. The Mental Health Coalition consists of representatives from the behavioral health professions, policy, government, advocacy, administration and legal groups in the state.

MAAPPN Needs Members with Expertise Who Can Consult on the Following

  • Executive Order (Gov. Baker) to review all regs in the state – what works for us what doesn’t? Who has worked with the Board of registration in Nursing (BORN) and can consult on this issue for MAAPPN?
  •  Mass Assoc of Behavioral Health Systems (MABHS) wants to work with MAAPPN to support regs that allow Psych APRNs to admit patients to hospitals and write orders for restraint and seclusion. We need your input into these and othe regs that benefit our roles in systems
  • H.3817 – Opiate Crisis and Governor Baker’s proposed legislation: Can someone look at the pros and cons for Psych APRNs?
  • H 786 – supports parity in disability policies for employees with behavioral health disorders equal to those with employee’s physical disorders.   The bill now sits in Financial Services Committee   MAAPPN has supported this bill and the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee (MHLAC) asks for support again. We need your comments about experiences with clients with behavioral health disability issues and any other questions or comments about how BH disability has been administered compared to physical disorder disability.
  • Telehealth bills are also being discussed – pro? con? Thoughts, experiences appreciated!


Please send comments and questions to Kathy Andolina .  The Mental Health Coalition seeks our input into these important policy issues. Thanks for your feedback!


The Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) is the only organization in the state of Massachusetts that exclusively represents the interests of advanced practice psychiatric nurses – both psychiatric clinical nurse specialists and psychiatric nurse practitioners.

We are dedicated to the delivery of high quality, affordable, accessible psychiatric treatment for the clients we serve.

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