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RMU Receives Grant to Educate Nurse Practitioners

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

RMU Receives $900K Grant to Educate Nurse Practitioners in Mental Health Care 

The facts are grim: only 25 percent of children and adolescents who need psychiatric care actually get help, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In order to address the looming mental health care crisis, Robert Morris University (RMU) is teaming with Heritage Valley Health System to educate nurse practitioners to provide mental health care to patients of all ages, including those suffering from multiple chronic illnesses.

RMU has received a three-year, $923,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support this initiative, formally known as the Access to Interprofessional Mental Health Education (AIME) project. The grant will allow RMU to expand its existing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, who have the ability to prescribe medications and provide psychotherapy.

Grant funds also will be used to purchase distance-learning technology to allow students who live in rural areas an opportunity to return to school, graduate, and meet the mental health care needs of individuals in the under-served areas in which they reside.

Another objective for this project is for Robert Morris to enhance psychiatric mental health educational experiences through simulation scenarios, which will focus on multidisciplinary collaboration in the diagnosis and management of patients with multiple chronic health conditions. These interactive simulation experiences will be accessible to distance students in real time, thus maximizing the opportunity to practice diagnosis and treatment in a safe environment without risk of patient harm.

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