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Child Mental Health

In 1997, CWLA made children's mental health a priority when it merged with the American Association of Psychiatric Services for Children (AAPSC) to create a new Child Mental Health Division. The merger reflected CWLA's commitment to addressing the mental health care needs children in the child welfare system and to the system of care philosophy in child mental health services.

To help in our efforts, CWLA has assembled a Mental Health Advisory Board (MHAB), which draws on the former members of AAPSC. MHAB members are public and private agency administrators, researchers, practitioners, advocates, and family members. All experts in the field of mental health, they bring the knowledge base and skill sets necessary to help CWLA meet the needs of CWLA member organizations struggling to find effective ways to deal with the behavioral health problems of the children and families they serve. MHAB's mission is to provide expertise and national leadership on mental health programs, practice, and policy issues to CWLA members and staff.

In 2003, under the leadership of MHAB, CWLA developed the Best Practice Framework for Addressing the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs of Children and their Families.

Dr. Alexander Gralnick Award

The Gralnick Award recognizes exemplary work in research on, treatment of, or advocacy for children and adolescents with schizophrenia.


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