FY 2014 Appropriations Update: Congress Supports Increasing Investment in Graduate Psychology Education

FY 2014 Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Update

Congress approved more than $7 million in the mental and behavioral health program at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which last year was funded at $2.3 million after being reduced through across the board sequestration cuts. The legislation also transfers another social work training program under the same budget line, so not all of those funds will support GPE, but, appropriations staff have indicated this is intended as an increase for GPE. APA's Education Government Relations Office is once again organizing its Congressional Hill visit campaign to bring constituents to Washington, D.C., to meet with key appropriators. They will advocate for continued federal investments in this important psychology training program. 

FY 2014 Mental and Behavorial Health Education Training (MBHET) Update

House and Senate appropriators rejected the Obama administration’s narrow focus of its $35 million one-year investment in the joint Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and HRSA Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training grant program. Rather than focusing those investments solely on master’s level providers as the administration had proposed, Congress recognized the importance of doctoral level psychology and included APA requested language directing SAMHSA and HRSA to include psychology doctoral interns in the program and also directed the agencies, “to ensure that the funding opportunities are distributed relatively equally amongst the aforementioned health professionals.”

We will continue to monitor the implementation of these two programs and share information with you when funding opportunities are announced.