The Big Sky Regional Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry first organized in 1992 with 12 charter members. Meetings were held at regular intervals for several years, however, the Council eventually became dormant and by 2010, its membership had not held a meeting for over a decade.
In January 2011 Montana's child and adolescent psychiatrists met to restart the Big Sky Regional Council of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The Council elected leadership, revised bylaws, reincorporated under state law and established financial stability. They also acquired the nickname of Big Sky AACAP.
In 2012 the Council received the prestigious Catchers in the Rye Award from national AACAP for having developed an active and vibrant regional organization.
As the Council has grown to over 20 members, it has reached out to Idaho and Wyoming child and adolescent psychiatrists who do not have a similar professional organization.
In 2020, the Council voted to begin conducting operations as the "Montana Association of Pediatric Psychiatrists" or "MAPP" to benefit from a shorter name that more accurately reflected our identity and purpose.
MAPP is an independent Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ROCAP), which has representation in and is recognized by AACAP.
AACAP recognized the Council's "outstanding efforts to advocate for children and families with mental illness."
In 2013 and 2014, the Council received AACAP/Assembly Advocacy and Collaboration Grants to partner with NAMI Montana in Suicide Prevention Training.
01. Advance Knowledge and Treatment
We will stimulate and advance the knowledge and treatment of psychiatric problems of children, adolescents and their families, both within our membership and in our communities.
02. Provide Continuing Education
We will provide programs for continuing education of our membership both as an independent organization and in cooperation with other organizations having a similar purpose.
03. Forum for the Exchange of Ideas
We will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas relative to the resources and child psychiatric needs of the community
We will collaborate with other groups interested in child, family and community welfare and mental health.
05. Advocacy and Leadership
We will promote and work to shape policy that enables good mental health care in our communities.
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