Government Affairs and Advocacy (GAA) Committee Members

The Government Affairs Committee of CAL-ACAP reviews proposed bills, amendments and regulations to see how they might affect the mental health of children and adolescents in California. As such, its function lies at the core of CAL-ACAP's advocacy on behalf of California's children and teenagers.

Members (as of January 2017):

  • President Hanu Damerla, M.D.
  • Lobbyist Paul Yoder, M.D.
  • Lobbyist Chris Castrillo, M.D.
  • G.A.A. Co-Chair Saul Wasserman, MD,
  • G.A.A. Co-Chair Teresa Frausto, MD,


  • Christopher Thompson, MD, 
  • William Arroyo, MD, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • Anjam Bahl, MD, M.D. NCROCAP, San Francisco
  • Andrea Carter, MD, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • Mark Chenven, MD, M.D. SDROCAP, San Diego
  • Uri Cohen, MD, M.D. NCROCAP, San Francisco
  • Hanu Damerla, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • Roya Ijadi-Maghsoodi, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • Jessica Jeffrey, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • John Leonard, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • Alejandra Postlewaite, MD, M.D. SDROCAP, San Diego
  • Petra Steinburchel, M.D. NCROCAP, San Francisco
  • Stewart Teal, M.D. CCROCAP, Davis
  • Emily Todd, M.D. SCROCAP, Los Angeles
  • Harvey Tullin, M.D. NCROCAP, San Francisco
  • Roger Wu, M.D. NCROCAP, San Francisco

CAL-ACAP Immediate Past-President, Robert Holloway, M.D.

CAL-ACAP thanks each of these members for their time and dedication.

The Legislative Priorities of CAL-ACAP in 2012 were:

  • Increase access of children and adolescents who need our services by supporting parity laws and regulations, encouraging solutions to the geographic and economic barriers to service and support attempts to increase the supply of graduating child and adolescent psychiatrists, through programs such as scholarship and loan-forgiveness.
  • Monitor and support the full implementation of State and Federal mental health parity laws and regulations and argue for further services in any new additions to those laws. Special attention should be paid to supporting funding for mental health services for children, including Prop 63 (MHSA), Prop 10 (First Five), and AB3632 (IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act).
  • Pay attention to the relatively higher mental needs of incarcerated and foster care children and youth---with support for safe and efficacious treatments, including medication when necessary, the appropriate reunification of children placed out of the home and developmental appropriate social services.
  • Argue for the integration of mental health and substance abuse services, pointing to the precedent set in recently passed Federal Law.
  • Advocate for the special needs of children with developmental disabilities particular in access and appropriate services.
  • Support prevention initiatives and services.
  • Support and advocate for culturally and linguistically appropriate services to reduce inequities across language and social/ethnic groups.