The President’s FY 2013 Budget: Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program

The President’s Budget, which was released on February 13, requests continuation of the GPE Program; however, the proposed funding level is the same as the FY 2012 level of $2.9 million. It is also stated that the President will move $10 million from the Public Health and Prevention Fund (PHPF) to begin to fund the Mental and Behavioral Health provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this year in FY 2012. The eligible providers for this program according to the ACA are psychology (doctoral and masters), social work, child and adolescent professionals (psychology, school psychology psychiatry, social work, school social work, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse disorder prevention and treatment, school counseling or professional counseling) and child and adolescent paraprofessionals. We hope that HRSA funds the different sections of the ACA in proportion to the authorizing levels in the ACA and they are as follows:

  • Psychology: $12 million (doctoral — $10 million/masters — $2 million)
  • Social Work: $8 million
  • Child & Adolescent: $10 million (for the 10 named providers listed above)
  • Paraprofessional Child & Adolescent Providers: $5 million

For FY 2013 the budget proposes an additional $5 million from Evaluation Funds to fund the Mental and Behavioral Health Education and Training Grants. Further details about this new HRSA grant program will be provided as soon as we have more information to share.

Outcomes and Outputs Tables for GPE Program

Measure

Summary of Results*

FY 2012

FY 2013

Number of Trainees
(Target of 726 not met)

620

614

614

Number Graduates
(Target of 108 not met)

90

90

90

Number of Graduates entering MUC practice
(Target met)

75

75

75

Percent of Graduates Entering practice in MUCs
(Target met)

83

83

83

*Most recent result is for Academic Year 2010-2011 and funded in FY 2010.
President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget: Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration Justification of Estimates for Appropriations Committees includes the following on the GPE Program:

Graduate Psychology Education Program Accomplishments: During Academic Year 2010-2011, 20 grantees taught 620 trainees and graduated 90 psychologists through the Graduate Psychology Education Program. Over 90 percent of the trainees received their education in medically underserved areas. These students received interdisciplinary training from physicians and other health professionals to prepare them to effectively integrate quality health care to treat vulnerable populations. In Academic Year 2010-2011, these trainees provided clinical psychology services to approximately 46,200 people including: special minority populations such as Native Americans, African American children living with sickle cell anemia, and children and families with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, burns, injuries, trauma, amputations or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Some awardees implemented exemplary models including training in integrative care, geropsychology, holistic care and biopsychosocial methodologies; these models demonstrate potential for replicability and sustainability. The 20 GPE grantees were in their first year of funding for Academic Year 2010-2011. Delays associated with start-up resulted in lower than estimated performance.

In General, the President’s Budget Includes the Following for the Health Resources & Services Administration:

The president's FY 2013 request proposes $228 million for Title VII health professions, a $40 million (15 percent) cut below FY 2012, and $251 million for Title VIII nursing workforce development programs, a $20 million (8 percent) increase over FY 2012. The budget request proposes to eliminate the Title VII Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) and the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) program. The budget also proposes increases for the Title VII Primary Care Medicine and the Title VIII Advanced Education Nursing programs, as well as $5 million for the previously unfunded Pediatric Specialty Loan Repayment program established through the Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148 and P.L. 111-152).

Regarding the Health Centers, there is a mandatory increase of $300 million as per the Affordable Care Act for a total of $3.1 billion and the National Health Service Corps is slated for an increase of $5 million for a total of $300 million.

For the Geriatric Programs, the President proposes flat-funding at $16.3 million for the Geriatric Education Centers, which is $3.2 million below the FY 2011 level; and $5.5 million for the Geriatric Academic Career Awards, which is an increase over the FY 2011 level of $5.3 million. Psychologists are eligible for both of these programs but not for the Geriatric Training for Physicians and Dentists, which is slated to be flat-funded at $8.8 million.