IN THIS EDITION
Geriatric Health Professions and Training
Since the last edition of In the Public Interest, PI-GRO and Education GRO have been working to secure critical legislative language within legislation related to educational and training opportunities in geriatrics and long-term care for licensed health professionals, direct care workers, and family caregivers.
PI-GRO and Education GRO recently worked with Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) to successfully include key legislative provisions in S. 245 and H.R. 468, the Retooling the Health Care Workforce for an Aging America Act. Specifically, language advanced by APA would expand existing federal law to include psychologists among the health care disciplines, as well as recognize graduate programs in psychology as eligible for essential federal geriatric education and training opportunities. In addition, this legislation would authorize a study focused on geriatric mental health workforce needs. PI-GRO and Education GRO continue to work with congressional sponsors to ensure that these legislative proposals are included in the ongoing Health Care Reform debate.