Education Addvocacy Legislative Issues Update

Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program

Update on funding for the valuable GPE program
In June, the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Subcommittee marked up its funding bill for the 2009 fiscal year. In the bill, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), subcommittee member and a real champion of the Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) program, included $4 million for GPE. A funding level of $4 million is a significant increase for GPE; in fact, it is more than double the amount the program received in recent years ($1.8 million for FY 2006, 2007, and 2008). In the meantime, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution, freezing programs under the Labor-HHS jurisdiction at their current funding level (i.e., about $2 million for the GPE program) until March. If Congress takes action on the Labor-Health & Human Services-Education bill, APA will fight for the $4 million. And, should the Veterans Affairs (VA) authorizing bill, which contains statutory language requiring the VA to transfer $5 million to GPE (for a focus on returning military personnel) be reintroduced and passed early next year, the GPE funding level for FY 2009 will rise to at least $7 million. A list of current GPE programs can be found at this website.