HHS Programs of Interest to the Psychology Education and Training Community — February 2010

Select programs of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of interest to the psychology education and training community, including programs in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Program FY 09
President’s Budget
FY 10
President’s Budget
FY 11 President’s Budget Program Description

$7.2 billion $7.1 billion $7.5 billion HRSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services charged with increasing access to health care for those who are medically underserved.
HRSA — Bureau of Health Professions (BHPR) Title VII & Title VIII

$392.7 million $497.9 million $503.9 million BHPR is one of the operating components within HRSA. These federal programs train health care professionals and place them where they are needed most. Grants support scholarships and loan repayment programs at colleges and universities to meet critical workforce shortages and promote diversity within the health professions.
HRSA — BHPR Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program $1.94 million $2.94 million

$2.94 million

The GPE Program trains psychologists in behavioral and mental health to work with individuals and families in underserved areas. Eligible entities include graduate programs of psychology.
HRSA — BHPR Geriatric Programs $30.9 million $33.7 million

$33.7 million

Geriatric programs include the Geriatric Education Centers (GEC) Program; Geriatric Training for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professionals (GTPD); and the Geriatric Academic Career Awards (GACA) Program. These federal programs provide funds and train health professionals in geriatrics, primarily to accredited schools of medicine and dentistry, and also provide for faculty fellowships.
HRSA — BHPR National Health Service Corps

$141.9 million $135 million $169 million This federal program provides financial assistance (loan repayment and scholarships) to health professionals, including psychologists, in exchange for providing health care services in designated underserved areas.
HRSA — Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) Community Health Centers

$2.2 billion $2.2 billion

$2.4 billion

This federal program provides primary health care to 17 million patients, of whom 40 percent are uninsured, in 7,500 service delivery sites. These centers provide health care in both urban and rural underserved areas across the country.
SAMHSA $3.2 billion $3.5 billion

$3.7 billion

SAMHSA is a federal agency created to improve the quality and availability of prevention, treatment and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death and disability resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.
SAMHSA — Campus Suicide Prevention
$4.97 million $4.97 million $5.4 million This program makes competitive grants to institutions of higher education for education and outreach related to mental and behavioral health services.
SAMHSA Suicide Resource Center $4.96 million $4.96 million $4.96 million This federal program supports a technical assistance center that promotes implementation of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and enhances the Nation’s mental health infrastructure.
SAMHSA Youth Suicide State Grants $29.7 million $29.7 million $30.4 million The State-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program supports states and tribes in the development and implementation of statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies.