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S.40 - Graduate Psychology Education Act of 2011
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to promote mental and behavioral health services for underserved populations.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) the Institute of Medicine issued a 2006 report entitled ‘Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance Abuse Conditions’, which called for efforts to increase the mental and behavioral health care workforce in the United States, and to assure competency of that workforce;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) the ‘Action Plan for Behavioral Health Workforce Development’, commissioned in 2007 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, reported an insufficient supply of trained professionals available to provide mental and behavioral health services to older adults, and predicted that such shortage would become more dire as the aging population grows and the demand for specialized mental and behavioral health services increases;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a need for approximately 70,000 more doctoral level health service psychologists, including clinical psychologists, counselors, and school psychologists, in the United States by 2016;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) increasingly, National Guard members, reservists, and even active duty members of the Armed Forces who are stationed far from health care installations of the Armed Forces, as well as the families of such individuals, are more likely to seek care in civilian settings, thus increasing the demand for mental health services in those communities;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) according to a report of the Health Resources and Services Administration in September 2008, there are 3,059 mental health professional shortage areas in rural and urban areas of the United States, in which 77,000,000 people live, and, based on the Administration’s population to practitioner ratio of 10,000:1, an additional 5,145 mental health providers are required to meet the immediate needs of the mental health professional shortage areas;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) identified a pending retirement of more than half of the clinically trained mental and behavioral health professionals in the United States, along with a serious shortage of providers in rural areas, and urged a national focus on--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(iii) working with young people to help prevent risk-taking behaviors, including smoking, substance abuse, violence, unsafe sex, and actions that might cause vehicular accidents;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) recognized that the health care system in the United States is certain to experience increased strain for years to come as active duty service members re-enter civilian society in local communities and turn to mental health care professionals skilled in treating such combat stress disorders and their effects on families, which is especially significant due to the expected long-term demand that may arise from chronic or delayed-onset symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(C) reported that the Armed Forces’s new efforts to prevent mental health problems and identify symptoms more quickly have severely stretched the already thin mental health program staff; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) the determinants of human health include a complex array of biological, environmental, and social factors, an individual’s behavior and coping resources, and an individual’s access to health care; although biologic interventions, including medications and immunizations, often are considered the hallmark of medical practice, the role of behavior and psychosocial components has received increasing attention, and, because approximately half of mortality in the United States is linked to behavior, behavioral science and practice are fundamental to addressing societal needs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. PROMOTING EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF PSYCHOLOGISTS TO PROVIDE MENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES TO UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS.
‘Subpart 4--Mental and Behavioral Health Care Workforce
‘SEC. 781. PROGRAM FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN PSYCHOLOGY.
‘(a) In General- The Secretary may award grants, cooperative agreements, and contracts to accredited doctoral, internship, and residency programs in psychology for the development and implementation of programs to provide interdisciplinary training in integrated health care settings to students in doctoral psychology programs, including interns and residents in such programs. Any training funded by such grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts shall focus on the needs of underserved populations.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Evaluation of Programs- The Secretary shall evaluate any program implemented through an award under this section in order to determine the effect of such program on increasing the number of psychologists who provide mental and behavioral health services to underserved populations.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) the term ‘underserved population’ means individuals, especially older adults, children, chronically ill individuals, victims of abuse or trauma, and victims of combat- or war-related stress disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, and their families, living in an urban or rural area that has a shortage of mental or behavioral health services; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) the term ‘interdisciplinary training’ means training for graduate psychology students with 1 or more of the other health professions, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, and pharmacy.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Authorization of Appropriations- To carry out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for fiscal year 2012, $12,000,000 for fiscal year 2013, $14,000,000 for fiscal year 2014, $16,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, and $18,000,000 for fiscal year 2016.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink