For Immediate Release

Contact: Rob Grant, Communications Director
202.966.7300, Ext. 119
rgrant@aacap.org

Caitlyn Camacho, Communications & Marketing Coordinator
202.966.7300, Ext. 154
ccamacho@aacap.org

AACAP president, Martin J. Drell, M.D., and president-elect, Paramjit Joshi, M.D., attend the White House National Conference on Mental Health.

Washington, D.C., June 3, 2013 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) applauds the White House for hosting a National Mental Health Conference. Martin J. Drell, M.D., AACAP president, and Paramjit Joshi, M.D., AACAP president-elect, are participating in the conference today.

Following the Newtown tragedy, Dr. Drell urged President Obama and Congress to convene a summit on children's mental health. Earlier this year, AACAP attended talks with Vice President Biden's gun violence task force to advocate increased access to mental health care.

"By identifying children and youth struggling with mental illness and providing treatment, we can improve the lives of the next generation," said Martin J. Drell, AACAP President.

To learn more about AACAP's efforts or to speak with an expert, please contact Caitlyn Camacho, Communications Coordinator, at 202.966.7300, ext. 154 or ccamacho@aacap.org.

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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 www.aacap.org.