"May you live in interesting times." The curse is apocryphal, but apropos. Recent political events create a lot of noise, anxiety and fatigue. It may be easier to tune out the real threats to the delivery of children's mental health care, but we must continue to advocate for doctors to be able to practice effectively and for patients to have access to quality healthcare. How each of us chooses to get involved can and should differ depending on our particular interests and the time that we have to give. You may respond to calls for action that encourage you to contact your lawmakers regarding pending legislative action, check out the Break the Cycle campaign and donate on the NJCCAP donation site, give a talk in your community to a child-serving organization using your own presentation or one that we have prepared for ease, or get involved in leadership at NJCCAP. For information about making a presentation email Patricia DeCotiis, our NJCCAP administrator, at

Those of us in leadership have most recently updated the NJCCAP Bylaws. The substantive changes are in Articles V and VI on officers and the Executive Council to better define roles and duties. The proposed Bylaws has recommended removed text in italics and additions are bolded. To make these changes we need to hold a vote. Please take a moment to read the Bylaws and then email with your vote in support of or against the Bylaws as written. Voting will close on August 27, 2017.

Once we have adopted our new Bylaws, NJCAAP will conduct Executive Council (EC) elections. We 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 running or interested in participating in the EC, please contact me at

If you'd like to meet many EC members and network with your NJCCAP colleagues, join us at our next CME event on September 13, 2017. See course details and the registration link below.

Save-the-Date for a reception in Washington DC during the AACAP annual meeting. We will join with our colleagues from the Eastern Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey Council on October 26, 2017. Details will be provided soon.

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:

All the best,
NJCCAP President
Busch Student Center 
Wednesday September 6, 2017
Registration: 7:30 - 8:15 a.m.
Program: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Rutgers - Busch Campus Center, Busch Campus Center, Multipurpose A, 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Target Audience: Physicians, Psychologists, Pharmacists, Nurses, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Certified Counselors, Certified Recovery Peer Specialists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers & All Other Health Care Providers

Featured Speakers: Theodore Petti, MD; Calvin Chatlos, MD; Diane Litterer, MPA, CSC; Henrietta Szutorisz, PhD; Cheryl Kennedy, MD; Mary Bridgeman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP; David Nathan, MD; and Kevin Sabet, PhD

$110 General Admission – Physician, Psychologist, Pharmacist
$  70 General Admission–Non - Physician (Nurse, SW, All Other Health Care Providers)
$  95 Rutgers Staff/Faculty Discount (Physician, Psychologist, Pharmacist)
$  55 Rutgers Staff/Non-Faculty Discount – Non Physician (Nurse, SW, All Other Health Care Providers)
$  25 All Students (Must bring Student ID)

Fall CME Dinner Meeting
On The Border

Fall CME Dinner Meeting
Includes a presentation by Professional Risk Management Services
Wednesday evening, September 13, 2017
Location:  On The Border Mexican Grill and Cantina
51 US Highway 1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Speakers:  Donna Vanderpool, MBA, JD
--Vice President, Risk Management - Professional Risk Management Services; Justin Pope, JD--Associate Risk Manager, Professional Risk Management Services (Note: Neither speaker has any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose.)

Program Overview: The first part of the course will address what the digital age means for you, your practice, and your patients. Key risk management strategies to maximize patient safety and minimize professional liability will be covered, along with the impact of the digital age on your practice. With technology comes regulation, in the form of HIPAA, internet activities, EHRs, and telepsychiatry. The second part of the course will address the tension between the minor's right to confidentiality and the parents' right to know about treatment. We will discuss the various legal, clinical, and ethical issues and propose a decision making framework. Audience input will be sought throughout the entire course, culminating with a series of "would you tell the parents" scenarios.

Educational Objectives: After attending this course, you will be able to:
1) Understand the significance of inquiring about patients' online lives;
2) Choose effective strategies to manage the risks associated with EHRs and social media;
3) Recognize the importance of addressing whether licensure is required when treating patients out of state; and
4) Choose strategies to balance minor patients' need for confidentiality versus parents' right to be informed.

Accreditation Statement:  Professional Risk Management Services, Inc. (PRMS, Inc.) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement:  Professional Risk Management Services, Inc. (PRMS, Inc.) designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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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