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November, 2016

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Featured Podcast: Military Psychiatry: Practice and Pitfalls for Civilian Providers

Hot Topic on Member Bridge:
Teaching De-escalation

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President's Message: Supporting the Whole Health of Veterans
Whole health begins with mental health. As I write my first President’s Message to you, my colleagues, I encourage you to reflect on this concept. It will serve as our theme for the upcoming year. In the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, I explain what I mean by this phrase, as well as the subtle shift in perception that it requires. By framing mental health as the jump-off point for overall health, we draw attention to just how fundamental and integral it is. (Continue reading Kris McLoughlin’s inaugural President’s Message)

In Your Own Words: Psych Nurses' Stories
This month, we hear from Y.R. on the importance of providing care to veterans: I followed my childhood interest into a career in nursing. Mental health is essential but is often a forgotten or an invisible component of health care. As a young nurse, mental health nursing was not my first choice. (Hear more from Y. R.)

Member News
Diane Allen presents at the American Psychiatric Association's Institute for Psychiatric Services' Mental Health Services Conference; Jeanne Amerine joins Trinity Wellness Center; Susan Calloway named Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year; Valerie Hayes receives Nurse.com GEM Award; Lori Johnson profiled for completion of suicide prevention training; Amy Larson profiled by Des Moines Register; R. John Repique has been appointed by the American Nurses Association's Minority Fellowship Program National Advisory Committee; Mona Shattell pens blog on the Affordable Care Act and police response to mental health crisis. (Learn More)

3 Minute Recap: APNA 30th Annual Conference
Over 1600 psychiatric-mental health nurses joined us last month in Hartford for the APNA 30th Annual Conference. After four days of networking, fresh insights, and inspiring keynotes, we've put together a 3 minute recap of takeaways from the Annual Conference. (Key takeaways at a glance)

2016 in Member Bridge
APNA Member Bridge had a busy year with over 75% of members signing on to swap information and experiences, ask questions, and connect with their psych nursing community. Check out the top 5 discussions that captured member attention this year.

Annual Activity Report
This year's Annual Activity Report is now available and includes information about what our members achieved this year. Learn more about this year's innovations and accomplishments with the Annual Activity Report infographic.

Resource Roundup

  • Press Releases: APNA Proud to Support the Wellness of US Service Members, Veterans, and their Families through Education and Resources for Nurses
  • Free CE: Upcoming small-group discussion series coming to 5 cities - 1.5 CNE contact hours
  • Organizational Responses: New letter on CARA Act Request for Public Comment on New Buprenorphine Training Requirements
  • Health Care Reform & Parity Resources: 3 new resources for consumers to navigate parity
  • APNA Advocacy: Nursing Community letter requesting support of Nursing Workforce Development programs and the National Institute of Nursing Research
  • Substance Use Resources: SAMHSA Mobile App to Support Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

New Members: 350 New Members since September!

Issues & Events

The Department of Heath & Human Services (HHS) has published the Final Report from the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Parity Task Force. Click here to read the report.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing up to $77.2 million in funding over several years to programs promoting screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs. SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. SBIRT enables healthcare workers in primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings to better identify the signs of underlying substance use problems and provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur. Full Story

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded up to $49 million in funding for substance use prevention programs over the next five years for state, tribal and community programs aimed at preventing mental and substance use disorders. These SAMHSA grants are geared toward expanding and enhancing behavioral healthcare services for children, adolescents and young adults across the nation. Full Story

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing faculty Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Fran Vlasses, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, have been awarded a $928,000 grant over two years from the Health Resources and Services Administration to integrate behavioral health providers into nurse-led primary care teams. The goal is to increase access to care, enhance care coordination between providers and improve outcomes in underserved community-based settings. Full Story

Dr Stephen Strakowski, from the University of Texas at Austin talks about the differences and similarities in managing unipolar and bipolar depression in a video posted on MedScape. Full Story

Computer technology known as machine learning can assess a person’s spoken or written words and accurately identify whether that person is suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither. The new computer tool is up to 93% accurate in correctly classifying a suicidal person, reported PsychCentral.com. These results provide strong evidence for using advanced technology as a decision-support tool to help clinicians and caregivers identify and prevent suicidal behavior, say researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Full Story

National Family Health History Day takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. During that time families are encouraged to talk about and document their family’s health history. People should also share that history with their healthcare providers to better predict risk for disease and make vital screening and treatment decisions. Click here to access the My Family Health Portrait website.

The American Psychiatric Association announced the launch of PsychPRO, a national mental health registry that will help psychiatrists deliver high quality care and meet new MACRA quality reporting requirements by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, (CMS). PsychPRO will spur future research and develop better ways to treat and prevent psychiatric illnesses. A clinical registry is a system that helps providers easily collect and submit quality reports; in addition, it gives patients a secure way to provide information to their clinicians to track their progress. Full Story


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its decision to pay for cognitive and functional assessments and care planning for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments. For the first time, people living with Alzheimer's will have access to care planning with a medical professional. Full Story


NQF’s National Quality Partners (NQP) released an issue brief, Strategies for Change – A Collaborative Journey to Transform Advanced Illness Care. This much-needed resource aims to empower individuals with advanced illness, their family members, and caregivers to lead decisions about their care based on their personal preferences and values through changes to policy, practice, and measurement. Advanced illness may impair daily activities, reduce mental and physical capabilities, lead to frequent medical treatments and visits, and increase the risk of death. Full Story

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