Wasserman Education Fund

The California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAL-ACAP) is excited to announce the establishment of the Wasserman Education Fund to the four Regional Councils (ROCAP). 

The Wasserman Education Fund of CALACAP (WEFC) was recently created in honor of Saul Wasserman, M.D. – a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been active in advocacy in child and adolescent psychiatry for decades. This fund encourages trainees to pursue advocacy and policy in the arena of child and adolescent psychiatry. The WEFC will allocate $500 annually to a child and adolescent psychiatric fellow from each of the four Regional Organizations (ROCAP) which comprise the CALACAP. We will solicit candidates for this award from the ROCAP’s.

Eligibility criteria: 

(1) Demonstration of statewide or national advocacy activities in which they have taken part during their training.

(2) A one-page statement of an important current policy issue related to children’s mental health and rationale for their selection. 

(3) Submission by December 31st of every year.

(4) Brief one-paragraph biography of the candidate. 

The suggested list of advocacy activities/topics may include: contact with legislator or legislative staff, participation in advocacy activities in Sacramento or Washington, D.C., submission of letters to legislator re: mental health policy or bill, use of social media to promote mental health policy issues, participation in statewide or national mental health advocacy activities sponsored by statewide organizations, and/or white paper on anti- racism and mental health.

Each ROCAP will develop its own process for the selection of its candidate for the award. The ROCAP will then provide the contact information (name, address, training institute) along with the statement from its candidate to the ROCAP’s delegate to CALACAP. Subsequently, a check will be mailed to them directly. If a ROCAP cannot identify a Member-In-Training, we welcome applications to our inaugural annual award program. We will be accepting applications starting now through December 31, 2020. 

Please submit applications and direct further questions to Vanessa Smith, executive secretary, NCROCAP, ncrocap@gmail.com

Vanessa Smith
Executive Secretary, NCROCAP


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