APA Submits Testimony to Senate Appropriations Committee on Fiscal Year 2011 Programs
In mid-April, APA submitted statements to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees outlining funding requests for Fiscal Year 2011 for the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
In these statements APA echoed the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research Funding that $35 billion be appropriated for the National Institutes of Health, and of the Coalition for Health Funding that an increase of $9.3 billion be appropriated for all the agencies of the U.S. Public Health Service. These large coalitions strive to speak with one voice before Congress in support of adequate funding for health research and public health infrastructure and programs.
APA requested $7 million for the Graduate Psychology Education program, which is funded in the Health Resources Services Administration. Authorized in 2002, the GPE program has provided 70 grants to date, training over 2,500 psychologists and other mental health professionals who in turn agree to work in underserved areas.
Advocating for continuing support for training minority health providers, APA urged the Appropriations Committee to fund the Minority Fellowship Program in the Center for Mental Health Services at $7.5 million for FY 2011. APA also recommended the allocation of an additional $2 million in funding for the National Health Interview Survey in the National Center for Health Statistics budget to cover the cost of adding a sexual orientation/gender identity question to the survey. To read the Senate testimony, visit the web page (PDF, 149KB).