What’s in the President’s Budget of Interest to Psychology

The following represents a general analysis of some key priorities for APA’s Education, Public Interest, and Science Government Relations Offices within the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) budget request. For more information, please visit the Science Directorate’s Federal Budget Blog and upcoming editions of In the Public Interest and The Educator. All comparisons below relate to enacted spending levels for Fiscal Year 2012.

Aging. Level funding for Administration on Aging programs, including Community-Based Support Services, Family Caregiver Support Services, and Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and level funding for Geriatric Education and Training Programs within the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Campus and Youth Suicide Prevention. Slight decreases to the Campus Suicide Prevention Program, authorized under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, and State Youth Suicide Prevention for funding levels, respectively, of $4.858 and $29.374 million.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Decreased to $6.56 billion, $660 million below last year’s budget authority.

Children, Youth, and Families. Increases of $85 million for Head Start, $325 million for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, $42 million for adoption assistance, and $30 million for juvenile justice state formula grants and $20 million for delinquency prevention; a new incentive fund of $2.5 billion over 10 years for improved outcomes in foster care; and a $28.7 million decrease to Children’s Mental Health Services.

Community Health Centers (CHC). A mandatory increase, per the Affordable Care Act (ACA), of $300 million, for a total of $3.1 billion, which increases the possibility of a significant rise in the number of psychologists serving in CHCs.

Department of Defense. A $2 million increase to the basic research account, with applied research accounts cut to $305 million, and $48.7 billion allocated to support the military health system.

Department of Education. A 2.5% increase for education programs to $69.8 billion.

Department of Veterans Affairs. Slight increases, from $581 million in FY 2012 to $583 million in FY 2013, for research, as well as increases to provide care to veterans and their families.

Ethnic Minority Affairs. Slight increases for the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and its Health Disparities Research Program, an increase of $115.9 for the Indian Health Service, and a proposed decrease in Minority Fellowship Program funding by $1.3 million.

Graduate Psychology Education (GPE). Level-funding of $2.9 million, which, in a climate of widespread program eliminations and drastic funding cuts, represents a critical "win."

HIV/AIDS. Increases of $30 million and $67 million for activities at the CDC and HRSA, respectively, a $165 million cut to global funding through the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, and a proposal to lift the ban on the use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs.

Individuals with Disabilities. $20 million increase in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C funding and level funding for IDEA Part B, with a $12 million decrease for the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. Increase of $5.1 million for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, including amounts necessary to create five new positions in the Community Relations Service to address hate crimes.

Mental and Behavioral Health. $10 million from the ACA Public Health and Prevention Fund to begin funding the Mental and Behavioral Health provision of the ACA; level funding, at $459.8 million, for Mental Health Block Grants at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Decreased by 0.5 percent to $17.7 billion.

National Health Service Corps. Increased by $5 million, for a total of $300 million.  Gaining inclusion of psychology students in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship Program has been a major initiative of the Education GRO staff.

National Institutes of Health. Level-funded at $30.68 billion, with level-funding also for the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research.

National Science Foundation. 4.8% increase to $7.4 billion, which is $340 million above the 2012 enacted level.

Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. Level-funding for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network within SAMHSA, which was slated for severe cuts in the President’s FY 2012 proposed budget.

Women’s Issues. Level funding for programs and research administered by the Office on Violence Against Women.