• Advocacy 

    AACAP partners with our members in advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels to improve policies and services for children and adolescents with mental illness. We work to educate policymakers and administrators about issues affecting child and
  • Amicus Curiae 

    The amicus curiae, or amicus briefs, is a legal term meaning "friend of the court" and is a method through organizations can offer the court additional information or perspective about a case. Learn more about the amicus briefs in which AACAP has par
  • AACAP Legislative Conference 

    Through AACAP's annual Advocacy Day, members partners with family advocates to raise awareness for children's mental health issues and help our policy makers better understand the serious needs of these children and families.
  • Advocacy Updates 

    AACAP sends regular advocacy updates and action alerts to keep members updated on federal and state legislation and provide opportunities to get involved. Click here to read past updates and alerts.
  • Regulatory Issues 

    AACAP regularly provides input on the implementation of federal laws related to child psychiatry and children's mental health by providing comments to federal agencies during the development of regulations.
  • Legislative Action Center 

    Through AACAP's annual Advocacy Day, members partners with family advocates to raise awareness for children's mental health issues and help our policy makers better understand the serious needs of these children and families.
  • How to Be an Advocate 

    AACAP develops tools and trainings for members looking to hone their advocacy skills and get involved. Download our advocacy tools and training materials, and listen to our webinars.
  • Federal and State Initiatives 

    Despite improved early identification and treatment, most youth with mental illnesses do not receive services and face barriers in accessing care. Learn more about AACAP's federal and state initiatives to help eliminate these barriers in our rapidly
  • Policy Resources 

    AACAP continually develops resources for members to use as they communicate with policymakers about issues related to child and adolescent psychiatry and children's mental health. Click here to download the resources, including sample communications,