About the Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society

CCAPS LogoWhat is the Colorado Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society or CCAPS?

CCAPS is a 501(c)3 organization that was founded in 1969 and represents approximately 175 members. We are a regional organization of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (www.aacap.org).

Our mission is:

"to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents and families in Colorado through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers."

The following is a copy of our current bylaws: download our Bylaws

President Christopher Rogers, MD

I attended medical school as well as Adult Psychiatry residency and Child & Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing training I joined HCA as the Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services at The Medical Center of Aurora where I also serve as the Associate Program Director for the RVU/HealthOne Psychiatry Residency Program. My passions are teaching, psychotherapy and advocating for the needs of the families we serve. During medical training a colleague and I developed an online module teaching first responders best practices when providing care to those with developmental disabilities. This online course continues to be used in several states as a free continuing education course for firefighters and paramedics. I’ve been active with CCAPS since residency serving as Advocacy Liaison prior to being elected President. I also serve on the Advocacy Committee of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry working to provide increased access to care, improved parity for mental health and sensible legislation to provide support for the behavioral health system. As a member of the Legislative Committee of the Colorado Psychiatric Society I have testified in the Colorado State Legislature on issues such as banning conversion therapy in minors and protesting adding autism as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Working with the Consumer Issues Committee I helped to update AACAP’s Facts for Families on adolescents and marijuana. I try to follow the emerging data regarding marijuana’s impact on adolescents and enjoy providing education to other physicians and families about this rapidly changing issue in Colorado. When I’m not working too much I’m typically playing too hard either climbing up a cliff or biking down a mountain. I’ve got 3 wonderful kids who often remind me how it's hard to have a dad who always wants to have a "big talk."

This year I hope to build on the deep sense of community that makes up CCAPS by expanding our reach beyond established psychiatrists and fellows. I believe the future of CCAPS lies in the future of medicine itself. I want to build lasting relationships with medical student communities at the University of Colorado and Rocky Vista University, exposing them early to the satisfying privilege of being a child & adolescent psychiatrist. While the importance of psychiatry is gaining a great deal of traction in both the media and in medical training, the particular benefits of child psychiatry are often overlooked. Indeed, general psychiatry residencies are being inundated with more applications than they could ever hope to match; however, many child fellowships this past year did not fill and this trend seems to be worsening. There are many reasons residents cite for not wanting to extend their training, so much so that there is discussion about creating a Child & Adolescent training track that does not include Adult Psychiatry training. However, for now, I believe it is our mission to begin the recruiting process long before residency. To this end I also hope to build greater awareness of CCAPS and the value of child psychiatry to the community at large; specifically building relationships with undergraduate and even high school student communities as well. I invite each of you to join us in this undertaking. Or if you are already engaged in building community outside of the ranks of physicians, let us know. We would love to celebrate and support your efforts.

Advocacy is a passion of mine and a proud part of CCAPS’ heritage. In 2020 we will continue building on this legacy. In addition to CCAPS’ specific initiatives, we will partner with our colleagues in the Colorado Psychiatric Society Legislative Committee (meetings are monthly during session and open to all CPS members) to focus on many pressing issues in Colorado ranging from mental health parity, the introduced public insurance option, adequate access to care, equal rights to care for transgender youth and others. Please join us. Sandra Fritsch and I will also represent your interests as members of the AACAP Advocacy Committee on national issues in collaboration with other ROCAPs on issues such as workforce shortages, protecting youth from spreading marijuana legalization and the vaping epidemic, humane treatment of immigrants, etc. I would love to hear your thoughts on any proposed legislation or other avenues where we can champion the cause of children’s mental health. I invite to contact me directly at christopher.rogers@ucdenver.edu to share your priorities, perspective and requests for CCAPS in 2020. Or reach out to our fantastic CCAPS staff at ccaps.office@gmail.com. We are specifically looking for members to join the Program Committee, which works to identify topics of interest to the membership and organize social and educational events for members and the community. Please contact us at ccaps.office@gmail.com with your ideas, questions, or suggestions. With your help, we hope to carry on the long tradition of excellence at CCAPS!