We can do better for the mentally ill

We can do better for the mentally ill

Giving nurse practitioners greater scope would ease the shortage of providers

One way to increase access to mental health care for those who need it is to allow Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners to practice to the full scope of their profession. These nurses are advanced-practice registered nurses certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to assess, diagnose and treat patients — using both medications and psychotherapy — who suffer with mental illnesses. They are able to assess a patient’s mental health and general medical needs, thus providing the patient with a comprehensive plan of care.

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