Expert Panel on Psychiatric, Mental Health & Substance Use
The Expert Panel on Psychiatric, Mental Health & Substance Use undertakes policy-related initiatives to improve the public's mental health and the delivery of high-quality mental/behavioral health care, and to inform policy makers about nursing's contributions to mental/behavioral health care.
Inaugural Year: 1997
Elizabeth Bonham, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN
Associate Professor Emeritus
University of Southern Indiana
JoEllen Schimmels, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNE, FAAN
Uniformed Services University
Board Liaison: Angela Amar
Staff Liaison: Sonya Desai
Previous Chairs: Ukamaka Oruche (2019-2020), Michael Neft (2018-2019), Daryl Sharp (2017-2018), Kathleen Delaney (2016-2017), Mona Shattell (2015-2016), Madeline Naegle (2014-2015), Inge B. Corless (2006), Anne Belcher (2001), Anne Hughes (2000), Sandra Weiss (1997), Barbara Wolf (1997)
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The panel is working to achieve greater influence and involvement through strategic partnerships that affect mental health and substance use policy. Members of the Expert Panel are representatives on key committees or councils of federal agencies that influence the science, education and practice underlying psychiatric-mental health care. Achieving parity in access to and coverage of mental health and addiction care is an Academy policy priority.
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