For Immediate Release

Contact: Rob Grant, Communications Director
202.966.7300, Ext. 119

Caitlyn Camacho, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
202.966.7300, Ext. 154

Washington, D.C., May 8, 2012 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) as this year's recipient of the Friends of Children's Mental Health Award. The award was established in 2008 to honor those who have made significant contributions to society through support of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Senator Whitehouse is recognized for being a tireless advocate for improved access and services for children with mental illnesses. His continued commitment and support to ensure that free-standing children's psychiatric hospitals around the country receive funding from the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program is heroic.


Senator Whitehouse accepts the Friends of Children's Mental Health Award at the AACAP Annual Advocacy Day on Thursday, May 10, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

For more information about the award, please contact Caitlyn Camacho, Communications Coordinator, at 202.966.7300, ext. 154 or


Representing over 8,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists nationwide, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading authority on children's mental health.

AACAP Members actively research, diagnose and treat psychiatric disorders affecting children, adolescents and their families. For more information please visit