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

Washington, D.C., May 1, 2013 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is pleased to announce U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) 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 Franken is recognized for his lead in the Senate on the Mental Health in Schools Act. Since his election to the Senate Senator Franken has taken the lead on proper implementation of mental health parity and final release of the rule. He is also a supporter of mental health in the juvenile justice system as the lead Senate sponsor of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act, which amends and reauthorizes the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

Senator Franken accepts the Friends of Children's Mental Health Award at AACAP?s 9th Annual Advocacy Day on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.

For more information about the award or AACAP's efforts, 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.

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