AAPPN members came to Olympia from Bellingham, Vancouver, Wenatchee, and throughout the Puget Sound to make their voices heard at Lobby Day on January 25.
They met with legislators to talk about reimbursement equity, provider COLA, and mental health challenges throughout the state.
“I had a wonderful time on Lobby Day,” said Lindsey Hompe. “Devon (Connor-Green) was an incredible advocate and reassuring presence since many of us were making our first visit to the capitol. Even if we had not met with any legislators, the opportunity to converse with various practicing PMHNPs was enjoyable and encouraging, especially as a student!”
Clinical and Student Members met with legislators to talk about a variety of issues, including reimbursement equity (SB 5373). These volunteers found legislators eager to learn more about the clients we serve and the challenges to providing quality mental health care, specifically to the most at-risk populations. Members also had time to get together for lunch and explore the capital campus.
“What a wonderful day and so great to see so many of our colleagues here,” said Nikki Behner. “Truly inspiring!”
Thank you to our all our members who took the time and effort to come to Olympia to support the profession. Your efforts helped educate legislators and gave voice to the needs of providers and those seeking mental health care in our state.
Or, as Bianca Reis put it, “Go Nurses!”