For 60 years the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) has a history of working to improve transparency. At every level, we work to ensure that all children and adolescents living with mental illnesses receive treatment of the highest caliber.
AACAP has been diligent about making the process of assessing conflicts of interest easier. I am proud of AACAP's policy of listing all sources of funding in every Treasurer's Report, the amount, the organization and the purpose. For many years we have enforced strict guidelines on pharmaceutical support, that define how and when donations can be made to AACAP and under what conditions.
Parenting a child with a mental illness can be incredibly difficult and sometimes frustrating. Families obtaining treatment for children with mental illnesses should be applauded. Comprehensive treatment, tailored for the individual child, is essential for best outcomes. Children’s mental illnesses are real, common, and treatable. I encourage families to advocate for their children and demand treatment of the highest quality.