Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency



ACCESS: Supports for Living is pleased to announce its implementation of a 12-month Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program.  The program, which is currently accepting applications, will begin in September 2018 and provide intensive training for new psychiatric nurse practitioners in a high performance Patient Centered Medical Home model in ACCESS’s clinically complex safety-net environment.  ACCESS: Supports for living has partnered with the Community Health Center, Inc. (CHCI) in Middletown, CT to administer this program.

The program is specifically intended for new (within 18 months of graduating)  psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who are committed to developing careers in the challenging setting of community behavioral health centers and other safety net settings.

The residency is a full-time, 12-month salaried position. The program structure includes precepted primary care sessions, specialty rotations, mentored independent clinics and didactic sessions.



About the NP Residency Program

The residency program, which will run out of the agency’s Middletown location, begins with an orientation to ACCESS: Supports for living, the neighborhoods in which the training sites are located, and the health problems of the target population.  Katariina Hoaas, LCSW, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Program Services oversees the program and will serve as one of its preceptors.

The Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program will provide the new psychiatric nurse practitioner an unparalleled experience working with a diverse population of patients with assorted conditions who may benefit from treatment for a variety of behavioral health issues from academic problems to victims of trauma. Experienced healthcare providers will work side-by-side with residents as they treat patients in the various health care settings at ACCESS. The mentors will support residents in advancing their skills of delivering behavioral health care specific to the uninsured and underserved populations.

“We are pleased for the opportunity to begin this program, especially in Middletown, New York” said Dr. Lanre Somorin, ACCESS Medical Director.  “New York is suffering from a shortage of psychiatric services to address the mental health and addiction needs of the community.  This program offers the unique opportunity to provide quality psychiatric services to those in need, and at the same time build a workforce of professionals that will serve the mental health needs of the community for years to come.


The goals of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program are:

  • Increase access to quality psychiatric care for underserved and special populations
  • Provide new Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners with a depth, breadth, volume and intensity of clinical training necessary to serve as psychiatric nurse practitioners in the complex setting of the country’s Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Improve the skills, confidence, productivity, and job satisfaction of new psychiatric nurse practitioners who choose to work in underserved community settings
  • Increase the number of Psychiatric NPs ready to serve in leadership roles in community health settings.


Two residency slots are available for the 2018-2019 class.  The application deadline is May 30, 2018. The residency class begins Sept. 1, 2018-August 31, 2019



How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency Training Program at ACCESS: Supports for Living

The following items are required to complete the application process for the PMH  Nurse Practitioner Residency Program:

  • ACCESS: Supports for Living Residency Application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official graduate school transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement and essay questions

If you have any questions, please e-mail:



Download an application here

The ACCESS: Supports for Living PMH NP Residency application can be submitted electronically. The electronic applications should be emailed to Simply download the PDF, complete all fields, save, and attach to the email.



Recent Graduates of Masters or DNP programs, ANCC certification as a PMHNP, bilingual preferred, with a stated commitment to practice as a PMHNP in safety net settings and an interest in integrated healthcare practice.

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