AACAP Legislative Conference
The Legislative Conference, sponsored by the American Association of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, will take place from May 11 – 12, with sessions beginning on the afternoon of May 11 and lasting through your Congressional visits on the afternoon of May 12. Please note the importance of attending all of the sessions on Thursday and Friday to ensure you make the most out of your visit to Washington and in speaking with lawmakers. The Department of Government Affairs will help to schedule your Congressional Hill meetings and provide you with advocacy materials to shape the most effective messages for your meeting. This meeting will be held in conjunction with AACAP’s Assembly of Regional Organizations meeting on May 13.
AACAP Fellow Advocacy Ambassador Program
As an AACAP Fellow Advocacy Ambassador, AACAP provides 25 travel grants of $250 to child and adolescent psychiatry fellows to attend the Legislative Conference. These travel grants are expected to be matched with financial support, of at least $250, from your regional organization. Regional organizations can nominate up to two fellows to support annually for this program. Please complete the information on the next page to be eligible. The scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, for the first 25 completed applications and letter of support. View the complete application. Please send applications to AACAP’s Advocacy & PAC Manager, Zach Kahan, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tentative Schedule of Events (all times are in ET):
Thursday, May 11: *Strongly Recommended Attendance for ALL Attendees*
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Legislative Conference Check-In (Hyatt Regency Washington)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Introduction to Key Issues and Politics (Hyatt Regency Washington)
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Essential Training on AACAP Legislative Conference Priorities (Hyatt Regency Washington)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Legislative Conference Reception (Hyatt Regency Washington)
Friday, May 12: *Mandatory Attendance for Legislative Conference Attendees*
6:30 am – 7:00 am: Networking Breakfast (Hyatt Regency Washington)
7:00 am – 8:30 am: Capitol Hill Sendoff (Hyatt Regency Washington)
9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Capitol Hill Visits (Capitol Hill)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Post-Meeting Conversation on Sustaining Relationships with Policymakers (Hyatt Regency Washington)
For more information on the Legislative Conference, contact Zachary Kahan via email or call: 202.587.9669. Learn more by reading the 2016 AACAP Legislative Conference Recap published in AACAP News.