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AACP Fund

Community psychiatrists take the national stage supporting research and programs to bring recovery practices to every community.

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  • 1984

    National organization solely representing community psychiatrists founded
  • Publisher

    Of peer-reviewed journal, Community Mental Health Journal
  • Leader

    Practice guidelines adopted by the American Psychiatric Association

A fund ready for donors. The AACP Fund was established by the American Association of Community Psychiatrists “to encourage, equip and empower community and public psychiatrists to develop and implement policies and high-quality practices that promote individual, family and community resilience and recovery.”

It’s about the Community

AACP members’ approach to psychiatric care reflects an inclusive public health perspective that recognizes the diverse settings and continuum of service needs of their patients who may be of any age, diagnosis, or economic circumstances. They are committed to excellence in public care in both inpatient and community settings; to promoting training and research to increase the number of well-qualified psychiatrists choosing careers in community settings; and to educating the public about the vital role of the community mental health system in the wellness of not only persons with mental health challenges but of the whole community.

The AACP, in conjunction with the APA and with support from SAMHSA, has developed a modular curriculum for psychiatrists, which explores all the significant aspects of recovery oriented care.  The goal over the next several years is to assure that the curriculum is widely disseminated and embedded in residency training and continuing medical education programs.  Each module is followed by a discussion of the issues it has raised, facilitated by a psychiatrist and a person with lived experience.  The development of a geographically diverse array of facilitator pairs for regional training capacity is essential to the success of this project, and with the expiration of the initial grant, we will need additional resources to accomplish this goal.

The AACP works in other ways to further the agenda of developing a psychiatric workforce that is prepared and capable of dealing with the challenges presented by this work and providing high quality care to diverse populations.  It has developed a certification process through which qualified and well trained community psychiatrists can have their skills recognized.  Through this process, and several related activities, the AACP has been the standard bearer for the field.  Programming has also been developed to provide support and resources to practicing psychiatrists and their organizations which allow them to maximize the value of psychiatric time.  The AACP is quite active in nurturing the interests and ideals of those students and trainees who might enter the field to serve the needs of often neglected segments of our society.

Community psychiatry has a long tradition of serving persons with significant mental health challenges and other underserved populations. Important elements of this service have been person centered care, encouraging personal growth, autonomy, collaborative relationships, community connections and support, and ultimately improving the effectiveness of services for those who need them.

Visit www.communitypsychiatry.org for more information. To support the development of the AACP Fund, donate here.

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