I recently graduated from an MSN program in Family Psych/Mental Health. I've worked in child and adolescent mental health for about 5 years, but only about 6 months of those 5 years have been as an RN. Throughout all of my various positions I have found that I am very interested in mental health policy, namely early childhood and child/adolescent mental health policy. Even my Master's thesis was about policy and program building, I evaluated early intervention programs currently in operation in the US-specifically mental health/psychiatric programs that intervened with at-risk mother-child dyads. So, I love this field :)But now I'm trying to figure out where to go from here. I'm planning on working for the next year at my current position, a program coordinator for a child/adolescent PHP, but then I'd like to continue on with my education, as I have been told by multiple professors and preceptors while in school that in order to be "taken seriously" in the policy world, I'm going to need more than clinical experience behind me. In fact, as an undergrad, I had one professor, who had a PhD in social work, who went back to get her JD because she wanted policy people to "listen to" her. And I trust these women and their knowledge and opinions, but what do you all think? Do you think it would be worthwhile/necessary to get a JD? Would a PhD in nursing or an MPH with an emphasis in Health Policy carry equal weight? I there a better option out there that I'm not considering? I really do love school and I'm not nervous about getting back into a program (yeah, I know, I'm sick) but it's a big financial investment and these programs are bound to be intensive as well, and I want to make sure I'm taking the best steps to improve my career in a practical manner, you know?