APA Health Care Reform Priority: Workforce

  • The Graduate Psychology Education Act would authorize the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program, which was established in 2002 to provide funding to accredited psychology doctoral, postdoctoral, and internship programs for interdisciplinary training for underserved populations (e.g., older adults; children; chronically ill persons; and victims of abuse and trauma, including military service members and veterans) in rural and urban communities.

  • The Minority Fellowship Program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helps to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in mental health status and to improve the quality of mental health services for minority populations. This highly successful program provides training primarily to minority mental health professionals to offer culturally and linguistically appropriate, accessible mental health and substance use services for diverse populations.

  • The National Health Service Corps and Federally Qualified Health Centers provide integrated health care services for individuals across the lifespan in underserved communities. Independently, and through the National Health Service Corps, psychologists serve as essential members of interdisciplinary health care teams providing mental and behavioral health services.

  • The Caring for an Aging America Act would amend Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act to: (1) establish the Geriatric and Gerontology Loan Repayment Program for physicians, physician assistants, advance practice nurses, psychologists, and social workers; (2) expand eligibility for the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program; (3) strengthen the existing Career Ladder Grants Program to expand career advancement opportunities for direct care workers in long-term care settings; and (4) establish a Health and Long-Term Care Workforce Advisory Panel.

  • The Health Professions and Primary Care Reinvestment Act.

  • The Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act (see Psychology & Other Health Workforce Bills).