AACAP Legislative Conference

AACAP’s 2020 Legislative Conference

Join us April 2-3, 2020, for AACAP's 2020 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC! The Legislative Conference, sponsored by the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, takes place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AACAP's Government Affairs team provides you with advocacy materials and schedules your meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill. During your hill meetings, you will address critical issues facing the specialty and your patients.

Advocacy Fellow Ambassador Program

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows are again invited to apply to become an AACAP Advocacy Fellow Ambassador who are awarded travel grants to help offset the cost to attend the Legislative Conference. These travel grants are expected to be matched with financial support from the fellow’s regional organization. Regional organizations can nominate up to two fellows to support annually for this program. Read more here.

Hotel Reservations

The meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Book online (discount code already included) or call 888.421.1442 and reference the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Please note that rooms are held at the discounted rate of $245/night until Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and are first-come, first-served on a limited basis.

Family Advocates

AACAP works to recruit a limited number of patients willing to travel to Washington, DC, to attend the Legislative Conference as a Family Advocate and tell his or her story alongside AACAP members.  As in past years, you may be joined by family members. If you have a recommendation for a potential family or youth attendee, please contact the Government Affairs team at gov@aacap.org.

Tentative Schedule of Events

(all times are in ET.  All events take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill unless otherwise noted):

Thursday, April 2

  • 1:00 pm-5:00 pm: Legislative Conference Check-In
  • 2:00 pm-5:00 pm: Essential Training on AACAP Legislative Conference Priorities
  • 6:00 pm-7:30 pm: Legislative Conference Awards Reception

Friday, April 3

  • 6:30 am-7:00 am: Networking Breakfast
  • 7:00 am-9:00 am: Capitol Hill Sendoff
  • 9:30 am-4:00 pm: Capitol Hill Visits (Capitol Hill)
  • 4:00 pm-5:00 pm: Legislative Conference Debriefing “Sustaining Relationships with Legislators”

For questions about the Legislative Conference, please contact the Government Affairs team at gov@aacap.org or 202.587.9669.

AACAP will also be hosting the Assembly of Regional Organizations at the same hotel the day after Legislative Conference.

Saturday, April 4

  • 7:00 am-8:00 am: Assembly Meeting Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:00 am-4:00 pm: Assembly of Regional Organizations Meeting

If you register for Legislative Conference, you will also have the ability to register for Assembly. If you would like to learn more about Assembly, please go here.


AACAP’s 2019 Legislative Conference

On May 2-4, 2019 AACAP's Government Affairs team hosted over 200 AACAP members, including residents and medical school students, along with dedicated family advocates, who traveled from across the U.S. to take our message to Congressional decisionmakers. AACAP’s Department of Government Affairs and members of its Advocacy Committee presented during the two-day event, providing legislative training and resources for successful Congressional meetings.

Issue briefs of policy topics which were discussed during the 2019 Legislative Conference:

Learn more by reading the 2019 AACAP Legislative Conference Recap published in AACAP News.

AACAP Legislative Conference Members Photo