Advocacy is AAPPN’s top priority.
Our advocacy efforts are only as strong as the involvement of our members.
Below are critical roles you can play to help AAPPN defend and support our profession. What’s more, you can fulfill many of these roles from the comfort of your own home.
Join our Advocacy eGroup. This listserv group is informed about legislation and rule-making activities which effect psychiatric ARNPs. Based on your interests and modalities, you can choose to get involved by attending a rule-making workshop online or helping our committee volunteers assess legislation which impacts your practice area.
Join our Legislative Committee. This committee works with our lobbyist to review bills during the legislative session (January-March). Our lobbyist provide context and translate the legalese, and the committee assess the impact of legislation on the profession and the public.
Join our Rules Committee. The rule-making process is where the rubber meets the road in terms of the impact of legislation. This committee monitors the rule-making process and provides comments to the Department of Health and the Nursing Commission.
Join AAPPN Legislator Zoom Meetings. Join our lobbyist and other volunteers to let legislators know what you do, the clients you serve, and the importance of the profession to mental health in your community. Our goal is to educate legislators and let them know that AAPPN is a resource when mental health issues arise.
We are assisted in the legislative process by our lobbyist, Devon Connor-Green, working with AAPPN to protect health care in our state.