Institute for Mental Health Advocacy

Institute for Mental Health Advocacy
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IMHA Steering Committee

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The Institute for Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) is the conduit for monitoring legislative, regulatory and policy matters affecting mental health. The Institute works to inform PMHN nurses about these issues and help coordinate organizational responses.


  1. Provides oversight of and support for the IMHA Steering Committee and Advisory Panel
  2. Facilitates Policy Forums for expert information provided to members and non-members
  3. Disseminates information to APNA and IMHA members regarding advocacy issues and updates on essential resources
  4. Solicits input from APNA members regarding advocacy issues
  5. Reports IMHA activities at the APNA Annual Conference

Two co-chairs reporting to the Board of Directors. A Steering Committee provides essential support and an Advisory Panel shares information and feedback from the association regarding advocacy topics.

Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Members

APNA Advocacy  |  State Legislation Tracking Tool (members only)  |  Advocacy Tools  |  Policy Forum  |  Scope of Practice Legislative Database

Continuing Education

The 6th Annual Institute for Mental Health Advocacy Interactive Panel
1.25 Contact Hours

Psychiatric nurses are becoming increasingly visible and effective as advocates and experts in healthcare policy. In this interactive panel we discuss the function of APNA's Institute for Mental Health Advocacy. Expert panel members from various states will discuss grassroots initiatives with relevance to psychiatric nurses and psychiatric nursing care. 

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.