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 adolescent psychiatry and children's mental health and regularly engage our members on pertinent legislation and regulatory activities.


How to Be an Advocate

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

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 changing health care environment.

 
Policy Resources

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, fact sheets, testimony, state-specific data cards, and more.

 
Federal Legislative Action Center

Federal Legislative Action Center
Make your voice heard on behalf of children with mental illness! Through AACAP's Legislative Action Center, you can take action on our current federal advocacy alerts, correspond with your members of Congress and the Administration, and contact your local media.

 
State Legislative Tracking

State Legislative Tracking
AACAP provides its members with the most current and comprehensive 50 state legislative information on issues impacting children's mental health and child and adolescent psychiatry. Click here to learn more about the bills AACAP is tracking across the country.

 
Advocacy Updates and Alerts

Advocacy Updates and Alerts
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

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.

 
Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day
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.

 
Amicus Curiae

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 participated.