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., June 28, 2013 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is proud to announce its newest practice parameter focusing on cultural competency for child and adolescent psychiatrists to better serve the growing demographic of culturally diverse children and adolescents in America.

"This practice parameter is our response to the crisis in health and mental health disparities that the U.S. has faced. In fact, we are the first specialty in all medicine to formally respond to the crisis in this manner. We hope all our members and clinicians nation-wide will find these useful and effective in serving a population that is rapidly becoming the majority of America's children," said practice parameter author Andres Pumariega, M.D.

The parameter specifically outlines the process of evaluating and treating culturally diverse populations of children, adolescents, and their families.

The full practice parameter can be found here.

To discuss this practice parameter, please contact Caitlyn Camacho, Communications & Marketing 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