For Immediate Release
Contact: Rob Grant, Communications Director
202.966.7300, Ext. 119
Anna Eisenberg, Communications Coordinator
202.966.7300, Ext. 154
Washington, D.C., May 6, 2010 -The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is pleased to announce U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) 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 Brown understands that while 1 in 5 children is diagnosed with a mental health illness, less than half receive treatment they need due to lack of access to child and adolescent psychiatric professionals," said John Glazer, AACAP Ohio member and legislative activist.
"His leadership in shepherding the Child Healthcare Crisis Relief Act was essential to its passage, as the Senator is so well respected on healthcare prevention and access issues. It could not have been done without him, said Glazer.
As a member of the US Senate's Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children and Families, Senator Brown has an active role in the allocation of federal funds. He is being recognized for his extraordinary leadership in championing legislation that will provide greater access to mental healthcare for children. The work Senator Brown continues to promote on behalf of the people of Ohio, and the nation, exemplifies his initiatives as far-reaching and compelling. From introducing the Child Healthcare Crisis Relief Act that will increase the number of mental health professionals by creating scholarships, internships, and training programs to the Pediatric Research Consortia Establishment Act that seeks to increase federal research funds into childhood illnesses, Senator Brown is a powerful voice for America's children and a tireless advocate for mental health.
Senator Brown accepts the Friends of Children's Mental Health Award at the AACAP Annual Advocacy Day on Thursday, May 6, 2010 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
For more information about the award, please contact Anna Eisenberg, Communications Coordinator, at 202.966.7300, ext. 154 or email@example.com.
Representing over 8,000 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.