Mental Health Committee
The California Chapter 1 Mental Health Committee is composed of pediatricians, mental health practitioners and researchers dedicated to improving both prevention and treatment of mental health issues for children and teens. Our committee members work together to enhance the mental health and behavioral health skills of practicing pediatricians, advocate for improved access and quality of services for behavioral health concerns, and connect pediatricians to available resources relevant to behavioral health issues. Our recent initiatives include putting on two sold-out Pediatric Mental Health Day CME conferences supporting providers in San Jose and Madera and making legislative and regulatory recommendations for California AAP advocacy in the field of mental health access. We are also exploring quality improvement and training initiatives to integrate ACEs screening and screening for other social determinants of health into pediatric practice.
Chair(s): Diane Dooley, MD, MHS, FAAP
Foster Care Committee
Katy Carlsen, MD, FAAP
The California Chapter 1 Foster Care committee is composed of pediatricians as well as experts in mental health and child welfare who are passionate about improving care and outcomes for children and youth in foster care. We have recently embarked on a project to better inform pediatricians and provide them with key skills and available resources. The mission of this committee is to educate our AAP membership on the challenges and tools available in caring for children and youth in foster care and advocating for improved and sustainable funding mechanisms for the pediatric provider to do this rewarding work. Our goal is to promote collaboration among pediatricians and communities to build connections and resources to improve the lives of children and youth in foster care. We believe that advocacy is a critical component of care for this population.
Committee on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Renee Wachtel, MD, FAAP
The Committee on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics is composed of AAP Fellows who are subspecialists with expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics or neurodevelopmental disabilities and primary care pediatricians. The Committee is dedicated to the optimal care and development of children with disabilities and special health care needs and to the support of their families. Children with special health care needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and require health and related services beyond those required by children generally. Committee issues include early intervention, developmental screening, access to developmental and behavioral services, childhood behavior problems, physician education regarding developmental and behavioral screening and referral to resources, medication management of developmental and behaviorally related disorders, biopsychosocial issues, genetic disorders related to impairments in sensory function, development and behavior, and advocacy issues.