APA letter to President Obama and the OMB on the FY 2012 budget

On February 18, 2011, APA sent a letter (PDF, 45KB) to President Obama and Office of Management and Budget Director, Jack Lew, to address federal spending priorities critical to psychology.  In this communication, APA acknowledged its gratitude for support within the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal for funding priorities around:
  • federal science and research agencies;
  • programs that address suicide;
  • the Graduate Psychology Education Program;
  • the Minority Fellowship Program;
  • family caregiver supports;
  • efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that include injury control and prevention and autism research and surveillance;
  • HIV prevention and research;
  • the State Paid Leave Fund;
  • behavioral health services for individuals experiencing homelessness in concurrence with mental health and substance abuse problems;
  • services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Department of Labor’s One-Stop Career Centers;
  • the Indian Health Service;
  • aviation safety efforts at National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration;
  • the priority of radicalization research at the Department of Homeland Security; and
  • the Elder Justice Act.

APA also expressed concern over the President’s proposed cuts and eliminations that include:

  • research at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Center for Special Education Research;
  • Department of Education programs related to mental and behavioral health and gifted and talented education;
  • the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, housed at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA);
  • the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health;
  • the Older Adults program at SAMHSA;
  • the Health and Development for People with Disabilities Program at the CDC.

APA continues to advocate with Congress and the Administration on behalf of these priorities.