Thanks to the generosity of our members and the supporters of the NJCCAP Break the Cycle Spin-Off, we've raised over $4,200 for AACAP's Break the Cycle event! If you haven't done so already, please donate on the NJCCAP donation site, or pledge to give a presentation in your community on children's mental health issues. If you'd like to give a presentation or have more questions about doing so, you can email Patricia DeCotiis, our NJCCAP Administrator, at Act today, because the Break the Cycle campaign ends at the AACAP Annual Meeting in Washington, DC later this month.
NJCCAP has also passed the Bylaw revision! A finalized copy will be made available after our Executive Council meeting on October 11. We are now preparing for elections for new officers which will be held later this year. NJCCAP will be electing a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary for two year terms from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019. If you are interested in being more involved, email me at I welcome all your thoughts and questions.

If you're planning to attend AACAP's Annual Meeting, please attend our reception jointly co-hosted with the Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and PRMS on Thursday evening October 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

Finally, don't forget to visit the NJCCAP website at to view event photos, register for meetings and events, read about employment opportunities and much more.

I look forward to seeing you soon!  As always, feedback and suggestions are welcome:

Happy Fall!
NJCCAP President
Annual Meeting:
NJCCAP Members Speaking
AACAP's 64th Annual Meeting LogoOur NJCCAP members will be speaking during the conference. Please come show your support and gain valuable knowledge on a variety of topics.

Monday, October 23
Dr. Debra Koss, AACAP Legislative Program and Congressional Visits
Tuesday, October 24
Drs. Ted Petti & Calvin Chatlos, Perspectives on Marijuana Legalization
Dr. Debra Koss, AACAP Advocacy Liaisons
Wednesday, October 25
Drs. Sherry Barron-Seabrook & Kai-ping Wang, CPT Update 2017
Thursday, October 26
Dr. Wun Jung Kim, Emerging Models of the Psychiatry Workforce
Dr. Debra Koss, Negotiating Contracts for Women Psychiatrists (workshop)

Friday, October 27
Dr. Anne Frederickson, Implicit Bias in Young Girls' Development
Dr. Debra Koss, Round table Discussion on Psychologist Prescribing

Joint Reception during AACAP's Annual Meeting
NW Washington DC Hotels 

NJCCAP/EPA-SNJ Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and PRMS Joint Reception
Thursday evening, October 26, 2017
6:30 p.m. 
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2600 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC  20008 

Regeneration, the one-woman show 
of AACAP Member Nancy Rappaport

Regeneration, the one-woman show of AACAP Member Nancy Rappaport
Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m. (first two shows sold out) 
Location:  The United Solo Theater Festival, West 42nd Street, New York, NY
Dr. Rappaport shares her ordeal with breast cancer. For more information, a video trailer, and tickets click here.

Break the Cycle Logo
8/17 - 10/23/2017
 See our Photo Gallery

Children's mental illnesses are REAL, COMMON, and TREATABLE. Yet today in the United States, this vulnerable population is caught in a vicious cycle of limited access to care, delayed treatment, and worsening illnesses.

Break the Cycle is an effort to raise awareness and support to fund new research initiatives, increase the number of child and adolescent psychiatrists, and help ensure that children suffering in silence get the treatment they need.  Read all about NJCCAP's efforts to Break the Cycle of children's mental illness and make a donation at

Andrés Martin, MD, MPH, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and prominent member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), is leading this cross-country bike ride (route) from Washington state to Washington, DC, starting in the summer of 2017, to raise awareness of these challenges faced by children with mental illnesses. 
Members in the News
Lorraine Chiorazzi, MD and Charles Wuhl, MD 
Drs. Lorraine Chiorazzi and Charles Wuhl have represented the Child Study Group of Bergen County, and for 16 years have periodically held meetings of interest to child and adolescent psychiatrists. If you would like to be on our list, please send your email information to
Tuition Reimbursement LegislationYour advocacy representatives in NJCCAP leadership ensured that eligible child and adolescent psychiatrists are specifically included in recent tuition reimbursement legislation. This legislation covers psychiatrists working in under-served areas or state psychiatric hospitals. The original language of the bill inadvertently excluded child and adolescent psychiatrists because the longer fellowship training requirement was not contemplated by the legislature while structuring the program. Through your advocacy representatives' efforts, the oversight was noted during legislative review. Revised language given to bill sponsors that specifically included child and adolescent psychiatrists was incorporated. The full text of the bill that was signed into law by the Governor can be found here. NJCCAP remains ready to continue its advocacy efforts on your behalf! If you would like more information about this work and joining us as we fight to protect our patients and our members please contact Debra Koss, MD, Advocacy Liaison, at

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