2019 Legislative Recap Report
Good day fellow AAPPN members and friends!
It was another whirlwind session of the legislature, and I want to thank my fellow Legislative Committee members and volunteers on the Advocacy eGroup for their time and energy… Continue reading
Amendments to clarify preceptor rules and reduce barriers for nursing student access to preceptors take effect on April 26, 2019.
Washington State Nursing Quality Assurance Commission proposed amendments to the rule concerning preceptors. The amendments provided rule clarification and reduced… Continue reading
Bree Collaborative/Volk Decision Update
Since the 2016 Washington State Supreme Court decision Volk v. DeMeerleer, patients may be reluctant to engage with health care providers about their violence risk. Health care providers may also be uncertain about how to meet… Continue reading
Many thanks to AAPPN President Dana Dean Doering, Snohomish Co-Chairs Nikki Behner and Danielle Waldron, and Legislative Committee Member Danielle DeOliveira for traveling to Olympia for AAPPN’s Lobby Day on February 6, 2019.
Dana summed up the day beautifully. “Although… Continue reading
AAPPN’s 2019 Lobby Day is Wednesday, February 6.
Raise your hand and let your legislators know about the work you do and the importance of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses in our communities.
But don’t delay! It is very important that… Continue reading
Governor Inslee recently released his budget for 2019-21. Several of the Governor’s budget priorities focus on mental and behavioral health. AAPPN is committed to working with the Governor’s office, the State Legislature, and community stakeholders to expand access to mental… Continue reading
The Bree Collaborative voted to approve the mental health proviso as one of their topics. This means that the Collaborative will consider the impact of the Volk decision, specifically regarding the Duty to Warn bill—which AAPPN supported—which would have nullified… Continue reading
The legislature passed its final 2018 supplemental operating budget and adjourned sine die on Thursday, March 8. Throughout the session, AAPPN and its lobbyists worked with several mental health care organizations, including:
- Volk Clinician/Attorney Workgroup
- ARNPs United
- WSSCSW… Continue reading
As you no doubt know, Senate Bill 5800, Duty to Warn, did not move out of the Judiciary Committee. Our lobbyists, Melissa Johnson and Jennifer Muhm, along with the lobbyists for the clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and… Continue reading
Where the Volk bill is: The bill is in the House Judicial Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Jinkins. Rep. Jinkins—and the Democratic Party in general—opposes legislative action which would overrule court decisions. Thus, any bill to reverse… Continue reading
Recent Advocacy Activities
Although the State Legislature is not in session, there were plenty of advocacy activities in October!
AAPPN was invited to take part in stakeholder study conducted by the University of Washington School of Law regarding the impact… Continue reading
Priorities for 2018
Health Policy/Government Relations Committee identified the following as its advocacy priorities for the coming legislative session:
- Continue to improve communication between AAPPN’s advocacy team and AAPPN members.
- Connect with other mental health care associations
- Encourage AAPPN members… Continue reading
- The Legislature is in its third special session to finalize the budget.
- Bills still in committee will be reintroduced next year since 2018 is the second year of the two-year biennium.
AAPPN Priority Issues
The Volk v Demeerleer decision (HB… Continue reading
Representative Jinkins on the Judiciary Committee of the House is not moving this bill forward. We urge you to contact her and your own House Representative and ask for a floor vote on SB 5800. Use this link to find your own representative.
Health Policy/Government Relations Committee March 2017 Update
AAPPN encourages its members to learn about the issues and share their opinions with their Congressional delegation on both the federal and state level. Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses are also encouraged to join… Continue reading