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APNA Clinical Psychopharmacology Institute
June 11-14, 2020 | Reston, VA
APNA Annual Conference
September 30-October 3, 2020 | Lake Buena Vista, FL
APNA Quick Updates

COVID-19 Resources: New webinars posted

COVID-19 Resources: Policy Update: DEA and SAMHSA Buprenorphine and Telemedicine COVID-19 Guidance

Self Care: Strategies to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19 Resources: Webinar: Telemedicine: Getting Started, Regulations and Privacy Issues

Grants & Scholarships: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces funding opportunities to evaluate health system response to COVID-19 pandemic.

JAPNA Editorial Board: We are pleased to announce Karen Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN, of Purdue University, has joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.

COVID-19 Resources: Informational Events and Webinars

Resources: A collection of information about mental health and the coronavirus disease.

Traumatic Events Resources:
SAMHSA offers its National Guidelines for Mental Health Crisis Care: A Best Practices Toolkit.

Organizational Responses:
Letter offering feedback to ANA on Ethical Environments and Patient and Personal Safety.

APNA Advocacy:
Letter to Committee on Veterans' Affairs supporting the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act of 2019 from NCC.

Opioid Use Disorders Resources
Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons - Planning and Implementation Toolkit.

Policy Statement:  APNA Position Paper (White Paper) Process and Guidelines updated.

Free CE: View SMI Adviser's schedule of webinars in February.

Nursing Reports & Surveys:
Special Collection of Workforce articles in JAPNA plus the latest RN survey data from Health Resources & Services Administration.

Organizational Responses:
APNA letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding Scope of Practice.

APNA Advocacy:
Letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding Scope of Practice from NCC.

Grants & Scholarships New information on funding available for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic expansion and also Disadvantaged Students.  March application deadlines.

Free CE: Clinical Convergence®: Child & Adolescent Bipolar Depression

Grants & Scholarships Letters of Intent due next month for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Funding Opportunities. Suicide Prevention listed as a priority area.


Child & Adolescent Resources. Download SAMHSA's guide for Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults.


Guidelines from American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) update education terminology.

APNA News: Winter 2020 Newsletter: President's message, Lessons Learned and more!

Preceptors and Students: New podcast on benefits and challenges now available.

Recovery ResourcesThe National Council for Behavioral Health shares Fostering Resilience and Recovery: A Change Package for Advancing Trauma-informed Primary Care.

How to Get Published: Free Online Course from the publishers of JAPNA.

Free CE: Major Depressive Disorder: Using the Components of Shared Decision Making in Treatment Planning; from The College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.

APNA Advocacy:
Letter to committee staff and the ranking members for the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications & Technology endorsing HR 4194 – to make a 3 digit mental health and suicide prevention line a national service.

Free CE: A 
Performance-in-Practice Activity: Improving Clinical Practice with Patients who have Opioid Use Disorder. (from PCSS)

Press Release: Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Psychiatric Disorders Position Statement Issued by American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Free CE: Two updated webinars for RNs and APRNs on opioid use disorders

Press Release: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Announces 2019 Elections Results

Press Release: 30 Promising Nursing Students Awarded the 2019 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship

Press Release: Report: Shortage of Trained Professionals a Growing Threat to U.S. Mental Health System

Guidance: Precepting and Mentorship: New guidance to clarify the distinction between preceptors and mentors

Free CE: Webinar on 4/23: Across the Regulatory, Research, and Clinical Care Environments: Sex and Gender Influences

Medication Updates: FDA releases updated Drug Safety Communication about opioids

Free CE: Serious Mental Illness Adviser offers three new webinars in April: Social Media Usage, Shared Decision Making and Barriers to Clozapine Underutilization. 1.0 Contact Hours each.

APNA Advocacy:
Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies requesting support for healthcare and research.

APNA Advocacy: Letter to Chairman Alexander in response to request to address affordability in the U.S. Health Care system.

Medication Updates: FDA approves Spravato (esketamine) for treatment-resistant depression.

Mental Health Parity Resources: See how Medicaid helps low income individuals with access to care in your state with a guide from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

APNA Advocacy: Letter to CMS expressing concern over the proposed changes to the proposed rule, Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Expenses (CMS-4180-P) 

Medication Updates: Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Program Modified

Press Release: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Opens Call for Abstracts for 2019 APNA Annual Conference

Mental Health Parity Resources: Updated tools and evidence to assist nurses working to reduce disparity in coverage for mental health illnesses compared with physical health illnesses.

APNA Advocacy: 
Letters thanking members of the House and Senate for efforts to have Section 3201 (Allowing for more flexibility with respect to medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders) in the final opioid package.

APNA Advocacy: 
Letter thanking appropriators for providing level funding for the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs and for the National Institute of Nursing Research.

APNA Advocacy: 
Letter requesting the Senate pass the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act this Congress.

Resource Center: Updates added to Undergraduate Education Faculty Toolkit.
Press Release: American Psychiatric Nurses Association Releases Education to Help Nurses Prevent Suicide in Acute Care Settings

APNA Advocacy: Letter in Support of Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Challenging Federal Final Rule Authorizing Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance.

Free CE: CPNP offers webinar designed for health care professionals seeking information on urine drug screens, their interpretation, and cross reactivity of different substances. 1.0 Contact Hours.

Free CE: ANA Nurse leadership webinar designed for experienced RNs, November 13th at 1 pm ET.


General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) offers lessons learned in overcoming barriers to medication assisted treatment (MAT).
Chapter Updates:

APNA Pennsylvania Chapter: Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Generalist Role, Bethlehem, September 8, 2018
APNA New Jersey Chapter: Psychiatric Nurses Serving the LGBTQ Community, Iselin, September 8, 2018
APNA New England Chapter: Competency Based Training for Suicide Prevention, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Generalist Role, Providence, RI, September 21, 2018
APNA New York Chapter: Regional Meeting:The Patient Experience Eco System: Addressing Challenges within Behavioral Healthcare Settings, Glen Oaks, September 18, 2018

Press Release: 30 Promising Nursing Students Awarded the 2018 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship

Upcoming Educational Opportunities: Recovery to Practice presents psychopharmacology podcast series. 7/16/18

General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) video example of talking to a patient about what to expect after they choose buprenorphine to treat their opioid use disorder.

General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) features a mentoring program and other resources for those who provide treatment for substance use.

General Substance Use Resources: Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) presents video and podcast information on treating Opioid Use Disorder.

APRN Resources-Risk Management: Updates on Behavioral Health from Nurses Service Organization and CNA.

Upcoming Educational Opportunities: Two webinars from the Recovery to Practice Initiative.

Violence Prevention General Resources: FBI Study of Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the US.

Press Release: APNA Calls for End to Immigration Policy that Separates Families

Medication Updates: Naloxone Hydrochloride Injection by Hospira Recalled



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