Role of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in Addressing Mental Health Workforce Shortages
This project will investigate the current state of training, licensure, reimbursement and practice location choices of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). We will identify six states in which mental health APRNs are now practicing. We will interview key informants at training programs, state nursing associations, state licensing authorities, and third party payers in each state. We will determine, either from our key informants or from existing databases, the number of APRNs currently delivering mental health services in the state, the number being trained each year, and where they are choosing to practice. Our findings will help federal policymakers design incentives aimed at increasing access to community-based outpatient mental health services in rural areas.