Advanced Practice Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing Practice

Evidence-Based Practices

Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards
From the Institute of Medicine, a report that aims to improve outcomes of psychosocial interventions for persons with mental health and substance use disorders. View the report brief here.

SAMHSA's national registry of evidence-based practices and programs

National Guideline Clearinghouse
From the US Department of Health and Human Services, a searchable database of US and Canada national guidelines/standards of care.

AHRQ Library for Resources in Mental Health
From the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, a collection of important research updates and educational information to help with the management of diseases and mental health conditions.

Scope of Practice

Scope of Practice Legislation Database
National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) database which tracks current US legislation, regarding commissions and boards, licensure and credentialing, Medicaid/health insurance plan reimbursement, practice autonomy, prescriptive authority, truth in medical education, and truth in advertising for 22 health care professions.

Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
From the staff at the Federal Trade Commission, this policy paper builds on FTC staff competition advocacy comments that focus on proposed state-level changes to statutes and rules governing the “scope of practice” of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).


Risk Management - Nurse Services Organization Resources

Nurse Practitioner Claim Report
Claim reports from the Nurses Services Organization, including liability reports and a risk control self-assessment checklist for NPs.

Deposition Preparation for Nursing Professionals - From NSO, this video defines what a deposition is, describes the process, provides useful advice related to deposition preparation, and offers specific examples through mock depositions.

Nursing Service Organization's Educator Toolkit - This toolkit provides nurse educators access to risk management materials including user-friendly PowerPoint presentations and handouts, articles, quizzes and links to useful sites. It aids educators in providing accurate, up-to-date risk management information. The toolkit will be updated over time with modules covering topics such as communication and patient safety.  New users must complete a free registration before accessing this toolkit.


Free Webinar Series on Compliance from the National Council for Behavioral Health
Part 1: New Roles for Case Managers in Integrated Health Systems
Covers new developments in the healthcare system that demand changes in traditional case management and demonstrates how one case manager and supervisor have implemented these changes. (Recorded from October 10, 2013 presentation.)
Part 2: New Roles for Case Managers in Integrated Health Systems
Covers strategies for building strong partnerships with primary care, and working across different "cultures" to better serve people with behavioral and physical health challenges. (Recorded from October 30, 2013 presentation.)


Centers for Disease Control Free Continuing Education: Workplace Violence Prevention for Nurses
Participants will learn how to recognize the key elements of a comprehensive workplace violence prevention program, how organizational systems impact workplace violence, how to apply individual strategies, and develop skills for preventing and responding to workplace violence. The course is divided into 13 units, with each unit taking about 15 minutes to complete. Earn up to 2.6 contact hours.

Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses
1,400-page, handbook for nurses on patient safety and quality prepared by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). View online or download each chapter as a pdf.

Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety
From AHRQ, a tested, evidence-based resource to help hospitals work as partners with patients and families to improve quality and safety.


Rx Event - Adverse Event Reporting System
An option for practitioners to report adverse drug events. Adverse drug event reports submitted will be sent to the manufacturer and/or the FDA, and will also be held by a Patient Safety Organization (PSO). This reporting system is for use by U.S. Healthcare professionals only.

Medication Updates
News on medications from the DEA and FDA, gathered by APNA.



State Billing and Financial Worksheets
SAMHSA state-by-state worksheets to help providers identify the available current procedural terminology (CPT) codes they can use in their state to bill for services related to integrated primary and behavioral health care.

APNA CPT Webinar Series
A series of FREE webinars in the APNA eLearning Center on the new codes, documentation, and billing.