September 19th MAAPPN Meeting | New Speaker Announcement

MAAPPN is announcing a last minute change in our September 19th meeting schedule.  Unfortunately Dr. Maureen Beirne Streff, EdD, RN, MSN, PMHCNS, BC, our keynote speaker, fractured her ankle and won’t be able to speak at the meeting as scheduled.

Instead, we will have a timely presentation by Al Wroblewski of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute on how to apply for the lump sum $21,250 per provider incentive for using or switching to electronic health records, with an additional lump sum of $8,500 per year possible for up to 5 more years.  If just over 30 percent of your billed visits during a 90-day period in the past year were for patients with Mass Health-subsidized plans (including Neighborhood Health Plan and other Beacon plans) you may qualify. Deadline is end of 2016.

Our meeting will be on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Massachusetts.

***  REMINDER: Pre-registration is necessary due to space limitations. ***


5:45 pm – 7:00pm – Networking, appetizers, and visit the display tables!
7:00pm – 7:15pm – Welcome & Introductions
7:15pm – 7:45pm – Dinner and Speaker Al Wroblewski *
7:45pm – 9:00pm – Business Meeting

* CEU’s offered


Location: Scarlet Oak Tavern, 1217 Main Street, Hingham, MA
Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 5:45pm – 9:00pm


September 19th membership meeting registration for members is $25.00, to register click on the following link – MEMBER MEETING RATE.

September 19th membership meeting registration for non-members is $75.00. to register click on the following link – NON-MEMBER/GUEST MEETING RATE.

Thanks to our wonderful and generous sponsors!  We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, who play an integral role in our quarterly meetings.  Please be certain to visit them during the event and join us in thanking the following organizations (click the link to learn more about each contributor).  Together we are all helping to make a difference in the lives of many.

Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. & Lundbeck
Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Shire Pharmaceuticals

We look forward to seeing you at the MAAPPN Quarterly meeting at Scarlet Oak Tavern in Hingham, Massachusetts on Monday, September 19, 2016.

Together we are all helping to make a difference in the lives of many.

Mitt Romney and some of his top aides used private email accounts

Some of the emails obtained by AP describe Romney’s internal deliberations on his health care policy and the state’s 2006 budget crisis: “I hate appearing as if I am just playing national politics,” Romney wrote in November 2006 during sensitive negotiations on state budget cuts, when he was preparing his 2008 presidential campaign. Romney chose to use his full name as his Hotmail username.

The emails can be viewed here .

The private email accounts raise questions about why Romney and his aides sometimes bypassed Massachusetts‘ official communications system — and how many of those emails remain and whether they could be disclosed to the public. Late last year, Romney acknowledged that near the end of his governor’s term in 2007 he approved a sweeping purge of executive emails from the state government’s computer servers, and the removal of top aides’ hard drives and computers. Romney justified the purge as legal, prompted by privacy worries.

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Please Join Us for Speaker DeLeo

Please join us at an intimate breakfast for Speaker

April 9, 2015
8:30 – 10:00 AM
6 Beacon Street


Suggested Contribution: $100.00 per

Please make donations payable to the Committee for Bob
DeLeo.Corporate checks prohibited by law. $500 maximum per person
percalendar year. $200 annual maximum for registered lobbyists and

Political contributions are not tax deductible.


MAAPPN Lends Support to MHLA Legislative Priorities

MAAPPN plays an active role in supporting legislation from other MA mental health groups.   As a member of the Mental Health Coalition, MAAPPN has the opportunity to hear of the legislative priorities from the professional groups (the guilds), advocacy and other mental health policy groups.  Susan Fendell, Senior Attorney for Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee announced MHLAC’s legislative priorities for 2015-16 and has asked MAPPN’s support.  MAAPPN will be lending support and endorsement to the following initiatives:

Susan can be reached at  24 School Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, 617-338-2345 x129, 617-338-2347 (fax)

Newly Elected MA Legislators 2015 – 2017

Newly elected MA Legislators

Robert A. DeLeo

Speaker of the House

The House of Representatives is led by the Speaker of the House, who is elected by House members at the beginning of the first year of each two-year session of the General Court. The Speaker appoints a leadership team composed of the Speaker pro Tempore, the Majority Floor Leader, Assistant Majority Floor Leader, and Second Assistant Majority Floor Leader. The Speaker’s appointments are subject to ratification of a majority party caucus vote. The Speaker similarly appoints House committee chairpersons.

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House of Representatives Republican Leadership

Bradley H. Jones, Jr.

Minority Leader

The Republican members of the House of Representatives are led by the House Minority Leader. The Minority Leader is elected by the House Republican caucus at the beginning of the first year of each two-year session of the General Court. The House Minority Leader has a leadership team consisting of an Assistant Minority Leader, Minority Whip, Assistant Minority Whip, and Ranking Republican Member on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means. The Minority Leader appoints Republican members to serve on various House and Joint Committees, and organizes and furthers the priorities of the Republican caucus.

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Members of the House of Representatives

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is comprised of 160 members, each representing a district of approximately 40,000 people. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the House meets every 72 hours, year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts House is led by the Speaker of the House who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. The Massachusetts Legislature, known as the General Court, has been meeting since 1713.
A List of Representatives individual contact information is available below.  For General Information please use: 617-722-2000
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BX/BS Foundation Forum: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care


Seating is limited and filling up quickly for the upcoming forum,“The Time is Now: Tackling Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Massachusetts.” Please register today!

This forum will examine the magnitude and persistence of racial and ethnic health care disparities with a focus on the delivery of behavioral health services. Ongoing challenges and potential solutions will be examined in light of health care system and financing changes under state and national reform. The research will quantify the problem, costs and consequences. The forum will explore potential options and action steps to reduce disparities and move towards a more equitable distribution of critical resources.

Date:              Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time:              8:30 a.m. – noon
Location:       Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, MA

A continental breakfast will be served during registration between 8:00 a.m. –  8:30 a.m.

To view the full agenda please visit the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum Website. If you have any questions, please contact Senior Events Manager, Ashley Brooks at or (781) 736-3940. We hope that you will be able to join us.
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MAAPPN Member Meeting to be held Monday, Dec 8, 2014

Mark the Date!

Please join us for our final 2014 Member Meeting to be held on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at Seasons 52, Burlington, MA.  Our last meeting at this venue proved to be a terrific setting for a wonderful meal, discussion of issues, networking and planning the MAAPPN initiatives for 2015-2016 legislative year.  2 CEU’s are offered that will count towards the non-ANCC approved CEU requirements.

Proposed Agenda:

  • Reimbursement rates for Psych APRNs (Psych CNS and Psych NPs)
  • Strategy Update on Removal of Supervisory Requirements
  • Launch New MAAPPN web site and Social Media connections
  • Practice Committee: Campaign for Action,  Psych APRN laws in other states
  • Legislation: MAAPPN bills for 20015-16
  • Psych CNS/NP transition issues:  Update on Dual Program (CNS/NP) graduates and status with exam
  • Nominations* and elections fro Treasurer and Secretary

Support for the meeting provided by Lundbeck PharmaceuticalsBrintellix) 




Counteracting Ebola Stress

It is hard to escape the stories about ebola today.  As the country and  individual states scramble to form public health policy, media reports of health care worker exposures are emerging daily.  The latest, a nurse in Texas, triggers the question “Just how contagious is this?” and now a possible exposure in Braintree, MA.  As psychiatric nurses working in health care facilities and seeing multicultural clients in a multicultural city, these are important times to get educated about actual risks and preventative practices. The Boston Public Health Commission  released a statement Sunday night saying that the man in question in Braintree did not meet criteria to be considered at high risk for Ebola but that the commission would continue to monitor the situation.  The Department of Public Health web site provides information for clinicians, universities and colleges and general information about ebola virus. Additionally, Psychiatric CNS’s and Psychiatric NP‘s are mindful of our own concerns and fears as well as those of our clients.  These times provide another opportunity to empower our patients and ourselves with education and strategies to cope with traumatizing news, as well as actual risks.