American Association of Community Psychiatrists

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The American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP) is a member organization of recovery-oriented and recovery focused psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers who primarily work in community-based settings. Founded in 1985, the AACP is based in the United States, and its founding president was Gordon H. Clark, Jr., M.D. Currently it is led by its President and a Board. Its most prominent publication is the Community Mental Health Journal..

The AACP hosts a vibrant e-mail-based listerv that fosters communication and peers support for its members who work in community mental health.


"The mission of the AACP is 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."


AACP is led by a President, an Executive Committee and a Board. Its Board meets three times per year. Its fall meeting coincides with the American Psychiatric Association's Institute on Psychiatric Services. Its winter meeting is linked to a continuing education meeting that is unrelated to the American Psychiatric Association. The spring Board meeting runs concurrent with the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Its Board members represent seven regions of the US, and there are at-large Board members as well.


American Orthopsychiatric Association[edit]

The AACP offers a joint membership with the American Orthopsychiatric Association ("Ortho.")[1] Ortho aims to apply interdisciplinary approaches to mental health and social justice.

Institute on Psychiatric Services[edit]

The AACP is strongly affiliated with the American Psychiatric Association's Institute on Psychiatric Services (IPS), [2] an annual meeting that targets services research and programming for people with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Very often, the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee of the Institute on Psychiatric Services is a member of the AACP. In addition, members of the AACP are frequent contributors at IPS. AACP members lead workshops, symposia, and offer lectures at IPS.


Handbook of Community Psychiatry[edit]

The Handbook of Community Psychiatry is due to be available in the summer of 2012.

Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Mentally Ill Homeless Person[edit]

The Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Mentally Ill Homeless Person [ISBN 978-1-58562-251-1] [3] is a book published by the AACP. It addresses the treatment and rehabilitation needs of homeless persons with mental illness.

Community Mental Health Journal[edit]

The Community Mental Health Journal is a peer-reviewed publication of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. It "is devoted to the evaluation and improvement of public sector mental health services for people affected by severe mental disorders, serious emotional disturbances and/or addictions."[4]

Community Psychiatrist[edit]

Community Psychiatrist is a quarterly newsletter that keeps AACP members current on news in community mental health.

History of Community Psychiatry Reading List[edit]

The AACP works to preserve the history of community psychiatry. To that end, it publishes History of Community Psychiatry Reading List.


The AACP developed the Level of Care Utilization System, (LOCUS),[5] and the Child/Adolescent Level of Care Utilization System (CALOCUS).[6]

LOCUS and CALOCUS are clinical tools that evaluate and determine level of care placements for psychiatric and addiction services for both adult and child/adolescent populations. They are comprehensive utilization management systems, which are designed to generate various managerial reports, aggregate patient data, track patients, and promote accurate scoring and ease of use.

These tools are designed for use by clinicians and managed care organizations alike. Subsequently, they promote increased communication between providers and payers. When implemented, LOCUS and CALOCUS effectively benefit individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues by quickly and accurately assessing their needs without removing clinical judgement.

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