APA directorate updates

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Updates from the Public Interest Directorate

For more information, contact Tina Wolridge.

The Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults were adopted as APA policy in August. The guidelines, that  replace those developed in 2003, provide practitioners with a frame of reference for engaging in clinical work with older adults, and basic information and further references relative to this work.  

The APA Committee on Aging has just updated its popular publication, Life Plan for the Life Span (PDF, 1.97MB). This web-based brochure provides practical steps and links to resources for psychologists of all ages to plan for their future and also assist  older family members address the variety of challenges that often arise as we age. 

Updates from the Practice Directorate

For more information, contact Heather Ovelmen.

On Sept. 26, the APA Practice Organization (APAPO) and APA submitted a detailed letter to the Senate Finance Committee addressing issues concerning Medicare and Medicaid, including reimbursement and patient access to care. The letter was in response to an Aug. 1 open request to the mental health community.

On Sept. 18, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., introduced S. 1517, the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act, which would make psychologists and other mental and behavioral health providers and facilities eligible for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to integrate electronic health records into their practices. The companion bill, HR 2957, was introduced in the House of Representatives by representatives Tim Murphy, R-Pa., and Ron Barber, D-Ariz, earlier this year and currently has 21 bipartisan cosponsors. Eligibilty for incentive payments is a key legislative advocacy priority of APAPO. 

The APA Practice Organization (APAPO) is part of an early advocacy effort to influence the process as qualified health plans (QHPs) gear up to participate in HIEs, with coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. APAPO is collaborating with the Inter Organizational Practice Committee (IOPC), along with the Connecticut Psychological Association (CPA), to address limitations on patient access to neuropsychological and psychological services that recently arose in that state.

Updates from the Science Directorate

For more information, contact Kirk Waldroff.

Updates from the Education Directorate

For more information, contact Hunter Clary.

APA Grants for Internship Programs Request for Proposals

The American Psychological Association (APA) has allocated up to $3 million over a period of three years for seed funding under a grant application process to increase the number of APA-accredited internship programs and positions. The dual purposes are to expand the number of accredited internship positions and to promote quality training for professional practice. This grant program is one component of multifaceted efforts across the profession and APA to address the significant imbalance in supply and demand for accredited internships. These grants will be limited to applicant internship programs operated by nonprofit entities.

For the second round of funding in 2013, applications must be received by Nov. 17, 2013 for award in December 2013. There is $175,000 available to fund programs in this second cycle. The APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) Internship Grants Review Group will be reviewing applications in early December 2013 and applicants will be contacted once the review process has concluded. The next cycle of funding will be in 2014.

Programs that previously applied for the grant and were not funded are encouraged to reapply. Fifteen programs that did not receive funding in December 2012 were funded in the August 2013 cycle.

Priority will be given to programs seeking accreditation that expand the number of internship positions, serve historically underserved populations and/or prepare psychologists to work in integrated primary care and community health care settings.

To apply please complete the application.

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Tyson at (202) 336-5966 or Amber Shifflett at (202) 336-5783.