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APA's advocacy for psychology education and training has paid off once again. In September, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius awarded $9.8 million to support three-year grants to 24 graduate psychology and social work programs.

Eleven grants were specifically awarded to APA-accredited schools and programs of psychology, as well as accredited internships in public and private nonprofit institutions.

"Mental health services are critical for those dealing with post-traumatic stress and other severe problems," said Sebelius, announcing the funding. "Increasing the number and quality of providers to care for these individuals is a major step forward in addressing these challenges."

The grants were administered through a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant program, which APA's Education Government Relations Office advocated for strongly. The grants are designed to increase the number of clinical psychologists and social workers serving high-need populations, such as people in rural areas, chronically ill people, and victims of trauma and abuse, including military personnel, veterans and their families.

"This Health Resources and Service Administration grant program is both a statement of the federal government's recognition of the critical role psychologists play in health care and of the importance of ensuring an adequate psychology workforce," said APA Education Government Relations Office Director Nina G. Levitt, EdD.

The psychology funding went to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Curators of the University of Missouri, Hugo W. Moser Research Institute at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Inc., Medical University of South Carolina, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, University of Florida, University of Hawaii, University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute Inc., University of Nebraska Medical Center, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and Yeshiva University.

—Sara Martin