Mental Health

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1 conducted a mental health survey after our roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the 2017 Annual Meeting in San Jose. It became clear that our members face various difficulties in identifying mental health issues in their patients, hurdles in providing support and giving referrals that result in the patients connecting with a mental health professional. The system in place to provide mental health access is complex and burdensome.

To assist our members, the AAPCA1 compiled a list of mental health links that you may find useful. This receptacle for information will be updated regularly to provide you with the most relevant information pertaining to mental health.

Committees

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

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: info@aapca1.org

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Committee on Substance Use and Prevention (COSUP)

The Committee On Substance Use and Prevention (COSUP) is concerned with the prevention, early recognition, and appropriate management of substance use by young people; initiates professional and public education in this area, including best screening, assessment, and treatment practices; makes appropriate policy recommendations to the membership; and is involved in state-wide advocacy efforts.

Chair(s): Seth Ammerman, MD, FAAP

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: info@aapca1.org

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Child Abuse Prevention, Education and Treatment Committee (CAPET)

The AAPCA1 CAPET Committee aligns with the AAP Resilience Project and COCAN to improve care and outcomes of children and families through the prevention, education, and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The committee will engage our local providers, families, and communities to build partnerships with child- and family-serving organizations, educate the pediatric community, support policy and research activities, and promote a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach.

Chair(s):
Casey L. Brown, MD, FAAP, Rachel Gilgoff, MD, FAAP & Aparna Kota, MD, FAAP

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: info@aapca1.org

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