AACAP recognized the Big Sky Council's "outstanding efforts to advocate for children and families with mental illness."
The Big Sky Council is an independent Regional Organization of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ROCAP), which has representation in and is recognized by AACAP.
National organization of child and adolescent psychiatrists with the mission to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents and families.
The Big Sky Council first organized in 1992 with 12 charter members. Meetings were held at regular intervals for several years, however the Council eventually became dormant and by 2010, its membership had not held a meeting for over a decade.
In February 2010 AWARE Inc, a Montana mental health organization, hosted a psychiatry conference at Big Sky Resort. Dr. Bob Hendren was the keynote speaker, and he encouraged attendees to restart the Big Sky Council.
In January 2011 Montana's child and adolescent psychiatrists met to restart the Big Sky Council. The Council elected leadership, revised bylaws, reincorporated under state law and established financial stability.
As the Big Sky Council has grown to over 24 members, it has reached out to Idaho and Wyoming child and adolescent psychiatrists who do not have a similar professional organization.
In 2012 the Big Sky Council received the prestigious Catchers in the Rye Award from AACAP for having developed an active and vibrant regional organization.
We will stimulate and advance the knowledge and treatment of psychiatric problems of children, adolescents and their families, both within our membership and in our communities.
We will provide programs for continuing education of our membership both as an independent organization and in cooperation with other organizations having a similar purpose.
We will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas relative to the resources and child psychiatric needs of the community
We will collaborate with other groups interested in child, family and community welfare and mental health.
We will promote and work to shape policy that enables good mental health care in our communities.