APNA President-Elect to Join HHS Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee

JULY 12, 2017

Linda Beeber

Linda Beeber

Linda Beeber, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN has accepted an invitation from HHS Secretary Thomas Price to serve on the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC), a committee established in March of this year under the 21st Century Cures Act. Dr. Beeber is currently President-Elect of APNA and the Francis Hill Fox Distinguished Term Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing. APNA, with support from the American Nurses Association and American Academy of Nursing, nominated Dr. Beeber for this committee in response to a call issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

"I am incredibly honored to be selected to serve on the ISMICC," says Beeber. "I look forward to partnering with my interprofessional colleagues to advance the care and treatment of those with serious persistent mental illness and substance use disorders through our work on this committee."

"Dr. Beeber is an experienced leader who continuously demonstrates the ingenuity, creativity, and strength of psychiatric-mental health nurses," says APNA Executive Director Nicholas Croce Jr., MS. "She will serve as a superb representative of the profession at this important table."

According to its charter, the ISMICC will provide reports to Congress and other relevant federal departments and agencies which will include:

  • A summary of advances in serious mental illness (SMI) and serious emotional disturbance (SED) research related to the prevention of, diagnosis of, intervention in, and treatment and recovery of SMIs, SEDs, and advances in access to services and support for adults with SMI or children with SED
  • An evaluation of the effect federal programs related to serious mental illness have on public health, including public health outcomes such as:
    • rates of suicide, suicide attempts, incidence and prevalence of SMIs, SEDs, and substance use disorders, overdose, overdose deaths, emergency hospitalizations, emergency room boarding, preventable emergency room visits, interaction with the criminal justice system, homelessness, and unemployment
    • increased rates of employment and enrollment in educational and vocational programs
    • quality of mental and substance use disorders treatment services
    • any other criteria as may be determined by the Secretary
  • Specific recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of mental health services for adults with SMI or children with SED

More information about the committee is available here.

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