Colorado Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses

Colorado Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (CAPPN), formerly known as CSCSPN, was formed in 1978 to advance the practice and recognition of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and to further the provision of quality behavioral health services in Colorado. Psychiatric-Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) make a unique contribution to behavioral healthcare in Colorado and function in a variety of roles and settings as psychotherapists/psychoanalysts, prescribers, consultants, educators, advocates, researchers, academicians, and administrators. We demonstrate advanced knowledge and refined expertise in applying this knowledge in psychiatric mental health nursing practice.

We work within the public and private sectors and with elected officials to expand behavioral health programs, promote inclusive behavioral health services and improve access to behavioral health care for underserved areas and populations. 

As members of CAPPN, we advocate for and provide high quality, comprehensive, compassionate, accessible and cost-effective behavioral health care throughout Colorado. 


Members of CAPPN are committed to and support:

  • The public’s right to psychiatric services that include prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation toward the goal of optimal behavioral health
  • The public’s right to behavioral health services that promote equity, human dignity, autonomy and worth
  • Education of and mentoring of colleagues and students
  • Interdisciplinary collaborative practice


The SIG 31 Board meets virtually on the first Wednesday of each month. Check the CNA calendar for details about joining us for a board meeting.

To become a member of SIG 31, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Licensure as an RN
  • Current membership to ANA/CNA
  • ANCC certification/eligibility as Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist or Nurse Practitioner

SIG 31 is now free to allow for more inclusive community engagement and access to content.

Revised November 2023