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APNA Council For Mental Health Advocacy

Vision

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

Charge

  1. Identify and monitor policy that impacts mental health and psychiatric-mental health nursing at the local and national level.
  2. Make recommendations to the board of directors regarding policy that may impact psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  3. Educate members and identify resources that support grassroots advocacy at the local and national levels.

Structure

A chair and associate chair 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.

Mental Health and Substance Use Parity

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Parity Act) requires insurance benefits for mental health or substance use disorders to be treated as equally as other health benefits.

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Council for Mental Health Advocacy Members

Chair

Paula M. Bird, DNP, RN-C, NEA-BC

Steering Committee

Carolyn Baird, DNP, MBA, RN-BC, CARN-AP, CCDPD, FIAAN
Jeanne Clement, EdD, APRN, PMHCNS- BC, FAAN
Allison Cotterman, RN, BSN
Hershaw Davis, Jr., MSN, RN
Jenise Farano APRN-FPA, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Robin Trivette, RN, MSN

Advisory Panel

Anna Acee, EdD, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Tramarea Adams RN
Mary Adamson RN, MS
Jennifer Allran RN, MSN, PMHCNS/NP-BC
Juanita Andrews BSN, RN
Crystal Andrews DNP, MSN, APRN-RNP, PMHNP-BC, NHDP-BC
Steven Aslanides MSN, PMHNP
Becky Austin-Morris DNP, PMHNP-BC
Lorah Bailey BSN, RN, PMH-BC
Caroline Baker MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC
Eddie Bankhead BSN, RN
Alex Bakle, RN
Vanessa Barlow MBA, BSN, RN
Andrea Bast DNP, RN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC
Mekeshia Bates DNP, CRNP-PMH
Nina Beaman EdD, MSN, CNE, RN-BC (PMH)
Douglas Bean RN PMH-BC
Lora Beebe PhD, PMHNP-BC
Emily Bell RN, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Christine Bellatty, RN, MSN-PSQ
Bailey Bennett, MSN
Doreen Berrios RN MSN FNP-BC
Ann Blankenhorn DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Mary Blase RN, APRN, CNS
Kaye Blasingame, RN, BC, MSN
Tina Blevins RN-BC
Mary Bollinger RN, BS, MSED
Rachel Booker PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Bowen DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Hilary Boyd DNP, RN, APNP, PMHNP-BC
Hayli Brand MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Julita Braxton NP
Delores Bray, CRNP
Kathryn Brotzge MSN, APRN, NP
Shelly Brown DNP
Donna Burge PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Nicole Byrd-Irving MSN, RN, CNLc
Sandra Cadena, PhD, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Cynthia Cahoon DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Hope Campbell RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Carol Campbell DNP, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Jessica Cappucci RN, ADN, BS
Christopher Caratzas BSN, RN-BC
Rebecca Casarez PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
MaryBeth Cassidy MSN, APRN
Christine Caton RN
Linda Chafetz RN, PhD
Sheritha Chambliss, MSN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, Ed
Danielle Chappell RN, BSN, PMHNP student
Angela Chesser PhD, RN, APRN
John Chovan PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNS
Dawn Clayton RN-C, MSN
Crystal Cloy, PMHNP-BC
Barbara Coles PhD, RN-BC
Sherry Comstock RN
Patricia Conteh RN, MSN, PMHNP- BC
Julia Coons MS, RN-BC
Susan Corey, DNP, APN-BC
Patricia Cubilette PMHNP-BC
Candace Cummings RN, BSN
Cara Dasher RN, MSN
Denise Davis RN
Sharon Davis FPMHNP-BC
Laura Dayton RN
Kathleen Delaney PhD, PMH-NP, RN
Mary Demellier RN
Joanne DeSanto Iennaco PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Maribeth Desuyo, MHA, MSN, RN-BC
Kelly Diaz, RN
Lisa Dishner MSN, MHA, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, PRS
Christy Dixon RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Kathleen Donahue MA, RN-PMH-BC
John Dool RN, MSN
Janel Draxler MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Tammy DuBose BSN
Elizabeth Ducat MSN, PMHNP
Mary Jane Ebias
Ginny Elder, FNP, PMHNP, DNP
Melinda Elliott, RN, BSN, MSN
Erin Ellington DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Susan Evans MSN
Benjamin Evans DD, DNP, RN, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Annabelle Faeldan RN
Marian Farrell PhD, PMH-NP, BC, PMHCNS-BC, CRNP,
Christine Fasching Maphis DNP, RN, PMHN-BC, FNP-BC,
Theresa Fay-Hillier DrPH, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, DF-AFN
Rebecca Feldman, RN, MS, CS
Elizabeth Fife RN, MSN, CNS, CPN
Loraine Fleming DNP, PMHNP-BC
Heather Ford NP
Rhonda Fried BC, CNS, APRN, FPA
Irene Fries RN-BC
Kathleen Gaffney MSN PMHCNS, CPNP PMHS
LaDema Gallagher APRN
Lucille Gambardella PhD, APN-BC, CNE, ANEF
Lucille Gambardella PhD, APN-BC, CNE, ANEF
Amy Gamblin MSN, RN-BC
Dawn Garrett-Wright PhD, RN, CNE, PMH-NP
Jeanette Gerst, MSN, PMH-BC, NPD-BC
Liz Gerst MSN, RN
Susan Goldstein DNP, PMHNP-BC, PMHCS-BC
Maryanne Godbout DNP, PMHCNS-BC
Deanna Golden DNP, MBA, RN
Melinda Goodwin RN-BC, LMHC
Debra Gottel MSN, MHS, RN
Julianne Graboski PhD, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Denise Green RN-BC, MSN
Sonya Green MSN, RN
Anne Greewalt, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Carla Groh, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAAN
Candis Halsted, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC
Stephanie Hancock DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNP
Cynthia Handrup DNP, APRN, PHMCNS-BC, FAAN
April Haneline, BSN, RN
Carolyn Hanohano PhD, RN, MSN
Daniel Hardy, BSN, RN, PMGT-BC
Jane Harmon DNP, PMHNP-BC, CNS-BC
Todd Hastings PhD, RN, CNE
Lorelei Heliotis BS, MS, CNS
Barbara Hinds, BS, RNC
Michaela K. Hogan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Jennifer Holiman MSN, RN/CNP, PMHNP-BC
Naomi House BSN, RN, PMH-BC
Lisa Hrina PMHNP-BC
MaryBeth Hutches DNP
Sharlene Hutchinson APRN, CNS-BC
William Jacobowitz, MSN, MPH, EdD
Susan Jacobson PMHNP, CNS
Lisa Jarmon RN
Celeste Johnson DNP, APRN, PMH CNS
Annamarie Johnson RN, MSN
Margaret Johnstone MSN, RN, PNP, CNS
Helen Jones PhD, RN, APN-C
Allyce Jones MSN, RN, CNE
Nneka Chinelo Jon-Ubabuco, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Brayden Kameg DNP, PMHNP-BC, CARN, CNE
Sharon Katz PMHNP, CNS, CRNP
Kelley Kauffman MSN, APRN-CNP
Sandra Kelley NP, MSN, APRN
Kelsey Kent
Lori A. Keough, PhD, RN, FNP, BC
Beth King RN, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sandy Klein-Hegge BSN, DNP, PMHAPRN
Dale Knode RN, BS, HSAD
Cynthia Knowlton RN, BSN
Kristen Kolb, BSN, RN
Keri LaBella BS, RN
Patricia La Brosse MS, PMHCNS-BC
Linda Ladden BSN, RN
Dee Langford MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CNE
Judy Lark MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Amber Larson, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Michelle Lauer MSN, RN, BC, PMHNP-BC
Amy LaValla, BSN, RN, PHN
Kathy Lee MS, APN, PMHCNS-BC
Suzanne Lee DNP, APRN-PMH-BC, CARN-AP
Heeyoung Lee PhD, CRNP PMHNP-BC
William Leiner MS, RN, PMH-BC
Andrea Lerma MSN, RNCS, APRN
Janie LeVieux PhD, LPC-S, RN-BC, NHDP-BC
Linda Lewin PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Sara Lewis ARNP, PHMNP-BC, LMHC

Matthew Lindquist MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Heidi Linn RN
Judy Linn, BS, MSN
Donna Linette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, HN-BC, NEA-BC
Melanie Lint MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Barbara Little, MSN, NP-C
Katie Ludwig BSN, RN, RN-BC
Sandra Lynch BSN
Linda Mabey DNP, CNS, BC
Rosemary MacFarlane
Debra Mack MSN, RN-BC
Stefani Magnowski DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPHQ
Lynne Mann MSN, RN, CNE
Carol Anne Marchetti PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret Marino PHD, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Tara Mariolis PhD, RN, CNE
Jennifer Marlin, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Christina Maroone PMHNP
Sherry Martin PMHNP-BC
Danielle Maskell
Rachel Matz RN
Linda Mays DNP, PMHNP-BC
Jennifer McIntosh, PhD, RN, CNE, PMH-BC, NEA-BC
Jane McKinnie RN
Kay McMahen RN
Stephanie Meany, RN
Janet Meier RN
Mary Meiselman CNS, NP
Kerry Melachouris RN BC
Kenyatta Merriweather MSN, FMHNP
Lisa Milliger APRN
Ruth Milstein DNP, ARNP-BC, PMHNP
Billie Mitchell, MS, RN, CNS
Claudia Mitzeliotis DNP, PMHNP, PMHNCS, BC, CASAC
Maureen Mogan MSN
Marguerite Moon
James Moreno RN
Danielle Morgan APRN
Gwendolyn Morris, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Cheranne Morse DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC
Ann Murphy Harris MSN, PMHNP-C
Kathy Myatt, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Sheila Namm Esq., RN, MA
Ronaldo Naranjo Jr DNP, MSN, MS, PMHNP-BC
Marilyn Nendza MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CPRP
Nicole Nevan RN
Evelyn Norton APN, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Anjannette Nunez-Dupree RN-BC, MPA, BSN, CPHQ
Megan O’Connell PMHCNS-BC
Deborah Oestreicher APRN, PMHCNS-BC
Christine N. Oetting, BSN
Barbara Olesko MS, RN, NP
Claire Olivier PMHNP-CNS, BC, PC
Melanie Opack RN
Tammi Packer BSN, RN-BC
Bozena Padykula EdD, APRN, PMHN-BC, APHN-BC
Kindra Parks RN
Sudha Patel DNS, MN, RN, MA
Kathleen Patusky PhD
Olimpia Paun PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FGSA
George Peraza-Smith DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, GS-C, CNE, FAANP
Cathy Peters MS, RN, APRN-BC
Melissa Peters RN
Bethany Phoenix PhD, RN, CNS, FAAN
Tobi Pierson RN
Donna Pink, MA, BSN, RN-BC, CARN
Jamie Plaxco
Christine Possemato, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Gail Pruett MSN, RN
Renel Ramos DNP, MSN, RN, NPP, PMHNP-BC
Mary Randleman RN, BSN, MSN
Bianca Reis, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Sandra Rhea RN-BC
John Rhoads, BSN
Karen Richards RN
Luann Richardson PhD, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, FAANP
Donna Riemer RN
Sonia Riley MSN-Ed, RN, PhD (c )
Charlene Roberson MEd, NPD-BC, RN-BC
William Robertson MSN, ANCC PMHN
Mary Rock DNP, RN, MSN, FNP-C, CNS, PMH-BC
Patti Rodgers RN, PMHNP, MSN
Daniel Rodriguez II CRNP
Jezel Rosa
Jacquelyn Rosen MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, NC-BC
Sheila Rosenfeld MSN, RN
Carla Rosler PMH, CNS, BC
Linda Rossow MS, RN, BC – retired
Natasha Ryles RN-BC, BSN
Luanne Sadowsky APRN, BC
M. Joyce Sasse DNP, APRN, PMHNP, CNS
Robin Schafer DNP, CPNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Schepp PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Mary Schmeltz Weaver RN, BSN, CLNC
Rachelle Schneiter RN, PMHNP-BC
Amanda Schuh PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Katie Schwarz RN, BSN, MSN
Regina Shaffer BSN, RN, CNML
David Sharp PhD, RN
Summer Short, RN, BSN
Sylvia Simeone DNP, PNHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC NEA-BC
Sarah Simmons BSN, RN, RN-BC
Tracy Sloat DNP, RN
Maxine Smalling MS, RN
Ebonie Smart
Beth Smith APRN, DNP
Marchell Spielmann ARNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Janet Stagg MS, RN, PMHCNS
Linda Stanhope, MSN,Ed., RN-BC CARN, LCAS
Umeika Stephens, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Gail Stern RN, MSN, PMHCNS-BC
Pamela Stover DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Karen Strickland PMHCNS-BC
Thomas Stuckey MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Wendy Stultz, MSN, RN
Lauren Taylor RN, BSN
Lincoln Teal MSN, RN
Christine Tebaldi MS, PMHNP-BC
Kristen Thacker CDCA, RN, BSN
Brandon Thatcher PMHNP-BC
Burton Thelander NE, BC
Deborah Thompson DNP, PMHFNP-BC, FNP-BC
Kennedy Thoren, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC
Bernandine Tippit, BSN, RN
Lisa Tolls MSN, RN, BC
Jennifer Topscher RN, BSN, BA
Morgan Torrence, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Pamela Torres MSN, RN-BC
Candace Trippe BSN, PMH-BC
Veda Tyson, RN, NPP, APRN
Shiori Usami CNS
Barbara Valerius MSN, FAONL, RN-BC
Doris Van Byssum PsyD, MS
Robin VanCamp BA, RN, BSN
Judith Van Cleef MS, RN-BC-Retired
Stephanie Verdeflor, MSN, RN, PMH-BC
Danielle Walker, PMHNP-BC
Frankie Wallis RN, MSN, FNP
Melanie Walters PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Tamsyn Weaver, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC
Kathleen Webster, DNP, PMHNP
Domenique Wendt RN
Janice Wentworth RN
Daniel Wesemann DNP, PMHNP-BC, ARNP
Sandra West DNP
Marcia Wheeler Cordry BNS, RN
Robert Whitacre, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
Michele Whitaker BSN, RN, E-RYT
Rebecca White MSN, FPMHNP, FNP
Babette Wieland MSN, BSN
Cheryl Willis MSN, Retired Nurse Practitioner
Michael Wolf MSN, RN-BC
Janet Wray APRN
Brittany Evans Yates, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret Yearwood EdD, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNE
Karen Zak, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Judith Anne Zdziera MSHA, RN, C