AACAP Statement on Defeat of Repeal and Replace

Washington, DC, July 28, 2017 – Early this morning, the Senate bravely voted not to make ruinous changes to the Affordable Care Act. At each turn, there was bi-partisan support not to allow American families and children to lose access to needed health insurance coverage and to ensure that mental health services were not lost. AACAP thanks our many members who took action on behalf of children during this contentious debate. We now call on Congress to pass re-funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expires at the end of September 2017. As always, AACAP will work with all sides to protect families and children to ensure that they have access to health insurance that includes mental health and substance use disorder services.


The American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, an affiliated 501(c)6 non-profit organization of AACAP, was formed in 2013 as a way for child and adolescent psychiatrists to increase their advocacy activities.

The mission of the Association is to engage in health policy and advocacy activities to promote mentally healthy children, adolescents, and families and the profession of child and adolescent psychiatry.