The California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAL-ACAP) is the state-wide umbrella organization that draws together the four regional councils of child and adolescent psychiatrists in California. Its purpose and mission is to represent the interests of the four regional organizations in California's legislative process, public policy making, and clinical service administration as it finds them relevant to the mental health of California's child, adolescents and families. CAL-ACAP is incorporated as a 501-C6 compliant organization and is represented by the lobbying firm of Shaw, Yoder & Antwih in Sacramento.
The membership of the Academy is made of the child and adolescent psychiatrists who belong to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) as national members and locally, to their respective regional councils. The regional councils each have representation on the Executive Council of CAL-ACAP and governance is through votes of the elected/appointed representatives.
The four Regional Councils are:
- The Northern California Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (NC-ROCAP), covering from San Jose north to the Oregon border and east to the edge of Davis, California
- The Central California Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CC-ROCAP), covering Davis, Sacramento and the Central Valley cities and towns of California to the Nevada border
- The Southern California Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SC-ROCAP), covering Los Angeles and its environs and
- The San Diego Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (SD-ACAP/SD-ROCAP), covering San Diego and its environs.
In 2008, the aggregate membership represented more than 500 concerned child and adolescent psychiatrists across the state.