Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Expresses Strong Support for GPE at the 2012 ELC

"Don't take no for an answer"

Cynthia Belar (left) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (right). Photograph by Charles Votaw.Coming straight from a series of votes in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., ranking member of the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and member of the Democratic Leadership, immediately expressed her strong support for the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program at a special reception hosted by the APA Education Directorate during the 2012 Education Leadership Conference.

Dr. Cynthia Belar, executive director for the APA Education Directorate, thanked Congresswoman DeLauro for championing GPE and presented her with a special award for her long-standing support and “commitment to improving mental health services for underserved populations by supporting graduate psychology education and training.”

Expressing her deep appreciation for the special honor, Congresswoman DeLauro spoke animatedly and passionately about the unmet mental health needs of the underserved, rallyingy everyone to join her. Indeed, Congresswoman DeLauro urged ELC participants who would be attending meetings on Capitol Hill not to accept “no for an answer” when requesting a modest increase from $3 million to $4.5 million for the GPE Program. 

DeLauro went on to acknowledge that the deficit is huge and the federal budget needs to be significantly reduced and that sequestration, if implemented, will require massive cuts. However, she noted it is for those very reasons that she believes Congress needs to increase funding for programs like GPE. She went on to say that GPE not only makes a difference in the lives of underserved persons by addressing critical unmet needs, but noted it is also cost effective.

Demonstrating her unbridled dedication, enthusiasm and ability to motivate, Congresswoman DeLauro encouraged the psychologist-constituents to educate members of Congress about the strong role psychologists play in integrated healthcare. She urged everyone to fight for funding for the GPE Program, which addresses the mental and behavioral health needs of the most vulnerable in our nation.