Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program Grants for FY 2007

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced the recipients of the Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) grants, which are administered by HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr). Like most of the other programs in BHPr, the GPE program received $1.8 million flat-funding for FY 2007 in both the House and Senate Labor-Health & Human Services-Education Subcommittee bills (down from its highest level of $4.5 million in FY 2004 and 2005). This most recent competition resulted in 18 grants being awarded for three years under the Graduate Psychology Education Program totaling $1.8 million. These grants went to universities and medical institutions to train psychologists in mental and behavioral health to work with underserved persons in medically underserved areas.

Many of the grants will be used to provide resources for underserved ethnic minorities, mostly African American and Hispanic consumers. Some are specializing in children and adolescents while others are focusing on the family, the homeless, immigrants, or women. The grants are a mix of rural and urban settings and internship and doctoral programs. The following is an example of one way the grants will be utilized:

"Infants are disproportionately represented in the national welfare system and early screening, prevention, and intervention services for these children can have a significant impact on the costs of later academic and behavioral problems. Children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds frequently do not receive the mental health services they need; this too may lead to increases in both academic and behavioral difficulties. With a growing elderly population nation-wide, it is imperative that the number of service providers trained to offer care in illnesses such as dementia, Alzheimer's, and depression related to declining health and loss of functioning also increases. This project will provide service to these three populations in addition to closing the gap between physical and mental health care, thus helping consumers access more necessary health services." Taken from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro grant proposal.