It is time to make your voice heard regarding the ramifications of the Volk Decision. The Bree Collaborative is accepting public comment through December 27 about draft recommendations to the legislature. This Bree Collaborative survey is your opportunity to let legislators know how these recommendations will impact your practice.
The Volk decision in December 2016 created an excessive standard for practitioners in Washington State that is not shared by any other states or province. This was the conclusion of the University of Washington School of Law report in the Volk V. Demeerleer Study.
As you no doubt recall, addressing the impact of the Volk Decision is a top advocacy priority for AAPPN. In 2018, our lobbyists, Melissa Johnson and Jennifer Muhm, along with the lobbyists for the clinical social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others, worked with Rep. Jinkins to find an avenue to resolve this issue. The action taken was to submit the case to the Bree Collaborative to study clinical ramifications of the Volk decision.
The Bree Collaborative was charged by the legislature to provide evidence-based recommendations of best practices for mental health services regarding patient treatment and management. Specific areas to be addressed were: confidentiality, discharge planning, treating clients with homicidal and/or suicidal ideation, and record keeping.
The Bree Collaborative takes legislative subjects and creates an in-depth study. Bree is considered unbiased and is valued by legislators. To consider the impacts of the Volk Decision, Bree created the Risk of Violence to Others work group.
We were honored that AAPPN’s own Mary Ellen O’Keefe, MN, MBA, ARNP, was selected to sit on the work group.
The Bree Collaborative has completed its draft recommendations on Risk of Violence to Others. Now is the time to lend your voice as a PMHNP to the public comments.
Please read about the draft recommendations then take the Bree Collaborative’s survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/risk-violence-others. They estimate it will take 10-15 minutes to complete. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, December 27, 2019.
Additional information: While acts of violence against others are rare, they represent a significant societal and clinical priority. The vast majority of people with behavioral health conditions (including mental illness and substance use disorders) do not engage in violent behavior. However, a small percentage of those with a behavioral health diagnosis may have an increased risk for violence. The workgroup stresses that while clinicians can assess and monitor an individual’s risk factors for violence and use clinical decision-making aimed to mitigate risk of violence, they cannot predict violent acts with certainty.
This workgroup developed the following focus areas:
- Identification of increased risk for violence
- Assessment of violence risk
- Violence risk management
- Protection of third parties
For more information, visit the Bree Collaborative at http://www.breecollaborative.org/topic-areas/current-topics/risk-of-violence/.
AAPPN volunteers and lobbyists will continue to work to protect the public and our profession on this important issue. We urge you to take a few minutes to add your voice to this effort.
Thank you for advocating for your community.