Community-Based Systems of Care

Clinicians who serve children and adolescents with complex mental health needs generally find themselves interfacing with multiple child-serving systems and community programs, including juvenile justice, child welfare, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and schools. AACAP advocates for the improvement of services in each of the systems to ensure children have access to a full array of prevention, early intervention, and treatment options.

Learn more about AACAP's clinical practice resources for community-based systems of care.

Foster Care


The Mental Health Services for Students Act, H.R. 1109/S. 1122, introduced by Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN), provides grants to local education authorities to bring community-based mental health resources into schools to provide comprehensive mental health services.

Substance Abuse

Children at the Border