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 (

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

CCAPS ImageWhat is a child psychiatrist?

A child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care.

Visit AACAP's Facts for Families for further information on what a child psychiatrist is.

President Ryan Moroze, MD

I realize many of you may not know me well, so I thought would share a little about myself as well as my vision for CCAPS over the next year. I am originally from the East Coast, but consider Broomfield, Colorado my hometown. I graduated from Regis University in Denver where I majored in biology and minored in psychology. I attended the University of Colorado for medical school and completed my intern year in psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, where I was lucky enough to meet my wife, who is an adult psychiatrist. I then returned to the University of Colorado to complete my adult psychiatry training and child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship.

Upon graduation from the fellowship program, I worked at Denver Health Medical Center on the consult-liaison service and in integrated care settings before joining the staff at West Pines Behavioral Health at Lutheran Medical Center. In my current role, I work with adolescents and adults on the consult service, inpatient psychiatric unit, detoxification unit, and partial hospitalization service. I have been a member of CCAPS since medical school and I have served as CCAPS Treasurer/Secretary for the past 2 years.

Reflecting on my experience as a member of the CCAPS Executive Committee, watching the media coverage of recent tragic events, observing changes in international, national, and local policies, and working with patients and their families has contributed to both the concern as well as the hope I have for progress in the understanding, treatment and destigmatization of mental illness yet to come. We, as psychiatrists, members of CCAPS/AACAP, educators, and respected members of our communities need to engage and advocate more fully in as many capacities as possible to effect the needed changes in mental health care.

I would like you to consider 2019 to be “The Year of Engagement.” With this in mind, I’d like you to consider what aspects of our field you are particularly interested in and where you see change is needed most. Given the concerning statistics about suicide and violence in our region, these issues are near the top of my list of where to direct our attention, but other important issues such as youth cannabis use, access to psychiatric care, appropriate supports for LGBTQ youth, and evidence based medication management for children and adolescents will certainly remain a focus for CCAPS moving forward.

I speak for the entire Executive Committee when I say that we would like to make sure we are representing all of our members across the State of Colorado and would be interested in hearing from you about major challenges you face in your practice and how CCAPS can support you in overcoming them. I would also encourage you to become an active member of one of the CCAPS committees or even consider starting a new committee to help advance the care of our patients.

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 with your ideas, questions, or suggestions. With your help, we hope to carry on the long tradition of excellence at CCAPS!