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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)


The leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. The nonprofit AACAP was established in 1953, with more than 6,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders. The AACAP widely distributes information in a effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses, advance prevention efforts, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents. The academy provides public information, acts as a government liaison, promotes education, and gives expert testimony on issues affecting children. The academy also offers continuing medical education through scientific meetings and institutes and works with managed care organizations to establish appropriate coverage for children and adolescents. The group promotes research and training opportunities and reviews training curricula for child and adolescent psychiatry training programs.