We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Article |

Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health Services-Reply

Norman A. Clemens, MD
JAMA. 1997;278(19):1571-1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550190035036.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


Ms Casson states that nurse practitioners are an important part of the mental health team and that they work, as she says, "in a collaborative agreement with a psychiatrist." Treatment teams of clinicians have augmented the effectiveness of services for many populations, including the underserved, often treatment-resistant mentally ill and chemically dependent.

While advanced practice nurse practitioners are licensed to offer defined services independently in many but not all states, according to 1997 testimony of the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Maryland (Maryland House Environment Committee, March 4, 1997), 8 states give psychiatric nurses independent prescribing authority. Many advanced practice nurse practitioners are proficient and provide valuable service in obtaining medical history and in practical counseling skills. However, only a physician's medical education and clinical training qualify a mental health professional to carry out a "comprehensive medical differential diagnosis and evaluation" and to prescribe medication without special restrictions. The psychiatrist can


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

0 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.