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)


MAAPPN, through its ties with the Mental Health Coalition will be monitoring the activities of the Task Force on Behavioral Health Data Policies.  The task force is charged with data collection for behavioral health system improvements but is also focusing on data pertaining to Long Term Stays. MAAPPN is seeking clarification from the task force on if the data focus will also include other behavioral health system issues such as data related to service gaps and nondiscriminatory access to mental health providers. The task force meets monthly from now until June, 2015, at which time it must file a report.   The Task Force has had 2 meetings so far – in Nov and Dec and the next one will be Tues. 1/27 from 9:30 – noon at the CHIA offices.  MAAPPN members are asked to respond to contact if you have input into this issue. You can read more about the Task Force on the CENTER FOR HEALTH INFORMATION AND ANALYSIS (CHIA) website but here are its focus areas:
  1. Make recommendations on how best to evaluate performance of the behavioral health system;
  2. Identify data needed to evaluate performance based on initial Task Force recommendations
  3. Make recommendations on what investments in data systems or resources or policies are needed to allow policy makers to make informed decisions that lead to improved care delivery;
  4. Make recommendations on how to reduce the number of long-term care patients in DMH continuing care facilities, acute psychiatric units and emergency depts..  Read more.


The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of MHPAEA Protections

Massachusetts Psych APRN’s will benefit from parity initiatives that seek to equalize access and reimbursement for treatment across Mental Health and Addiction treatment.  As our clients have an ever advancing  access to mental health and addiction services just as they do for primary care, there will be more opportunities to treat our mental health and addiction clients and achieve better outcomes if we can fully and completely treat them as the issues demand – not subject to arbitrary cut offs and ineffective treatment options.

TED Talk: Mental Health for All by Involving All

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Psych APRN‘s (CNS and Psych NP’s)  play larger roles in global mental health more often then you think.  Psychiatric CNS’s and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners teach in diverse universities, take  global service trips to war torn countries and guest lecture at schools of nursing in remote areas.  But how do we take our skills to reach the mentally ill in those places –  including the mentally ill within our own state – when when we can’t always be there?   Vikram Patel describes a way to improve mental health at the local levels by training others to the “SUNDAR” model, an empowering, “dare to care” way to involve those affected by mental illness and their caregivers.   As part of that, The Movement for Global Mental Health established as a platform where mental health providers and those with mental illness can stand together.