AACAP Legislative Conference

AACAP's 2019 Legislative Conference and Assembly Meeting will take place in Washington, DC, from May 2-4, 2019. Join us for both events to advocate for children's mental health.

AACAP Legislative Conference

On May 2-4, AACAP's Government Affairs team will teach you about the legislative process, provide you with advocacy materials to help you develop and deliver the most impactful messages, and schedule your meetings with legislators on Capitol Hill. Join us as we advocate for children's mental health, and make your voice heard!


Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill 
400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule of Events (all times are in ET):

Thursday, May 2
1:00 pm-5:00 pm: Legislative Conference Check-In (Hyatt Regency)
2:00 pm-5:00 pm: Essential Training on AACAP Legislative Conference Priorities (Hyatt Regency)
6:00 pm-7:30 pm: Legislative Conference Awards Reception (Hyatt Regency)
Friday, May 3
6:30 am-7:00 am: Networking Breakfast (Hyatt Regency)
7:00 am-9:00 am: Capitol Hill Sendoff (Hyatt Regency)
9:30 am-4:00 pm: Capitol Hill Visits (Capitol Hill)
4:00 pm-5:00 pm: Legislative Conference Debriefing “Sustaining Relationships with Legislators” (Hyatt Regency)

For more information or contact Harry deCabo, Advocacy & PAC Manager,  hdecabo@aacap.org or 202.587.9669, ext. 128. 

AACAP Legislative Conference Materials

These are one-page summaries of the issues you will discuss and reference in your meetings:

Social Media

While advocating, social media allows you to amplify your voice to even more people, including decision makers on Capitol Hill. Twitter is an excellent tool to send quick and informative messages. 

Set up your own Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and be sure to follow @AACAP. You’re also encouraged to use the conference hashtag, #AACAPLC19, post pictures, tag your Members of Congress as applicable, and make use of the following sample tweets:

  • Proud to represent my state with 200+ other child and adolescent psychiatrists and mental health advocates on Capitol Hill today #AACAPLC19 #mentalhealthmatters
  • A severe lack of mental health professionals is contributing to our nation’s mental health crisis http://bit.ly/2qajfu1. We need Congressional action to address this issue by providing much needed student loan relief to incite people to join the mental health field #AACAPLC19 
  • The Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Relief Act of 2019 needs your support! It has mine #AACAPLC19
  • Schools are an important setting to help identify mental health problems early. School staff need support to respond appropriately to the mental health needs of their students. I believe the Mental Health Services for Students Act would help address these needs #AACAPLC19
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrists know trauma is a public health concern that must be countered where possible. As an expert, I told my congressperson that the Dream Act of 2019 would help mitigate negative impacts of trauma as well as support healing and recovery #AACAPLC19
  • 20,000+ more child and adolescent psychiatrists are needed to meet demand for treatment of depression and other childhood mental illnesses. Improved screening and access to care are critical components of treating youth with depression. See www.aacap.org/depressionrc #AACAPLC19
  • Thank you to Congressperson [insert twitter handle of legislator here] for listening to child and adolescent psychiatrists, parents, and youth advocates for children’s mental health #AACAPLC19
  •  I participated in #AACAPLC19 today and will continue to advocate for children’s #mentalhealth. Effective advocacy must happen daily. I hope you’ll join me! http://bit.ly/1G3K7jR

AACAP Assembly Meeting

On May 4, AACAP's Assembly of Regional Organizations will meet to discuss the issues facing your state and region. The Assembly consists of AACAP member representatives from across the nation and is always looking for more voices and advocates like you to join the discussion.

For more information about the AACAP Assembly Meeting, contact Megan Levy, Executive Office Manager, mlevy@aacap.org at 202.966.7300, ext. 115.

Learn more by reading the 2018 AACAP Legislative Conference Recap published in AACAP News.

AACAP Legislative Conference Members Photo