HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $2.6 million in training grants to expand mental and behavioral health care services for vulnerable and underserved populations.
The grants are funded under the Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPEP): Workforce Training to Improve Access to Mental Health Services, a program of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The GPEP awarded grants to 19 accredited health professions schools and other public and private entities for FY 2010-2012. The award amount of $2.6 million for FY 2010 represents a 60 percent increase in GPEP funding over FY 2009.
As of June 30, 2010, 3,483 U.S. communities had mental health shortages, impacting access to services for approximately 84 million people.
“The ability to provide mental health services in integrated care settings is essential to quality patient centered care,” said Secretary Sebelius. “This funding is another step in President Obama’s commitment to mental health parity.”
GPEP-funded programs foster an integrated approach to health care services, address access for populations in need, and evaluate program outcomes. Psychologists receive interdisciplinary training from providers representing more than 30 health professions and medical specialties, and develop competencies to treat vulnerable populations such as older adults, children, chronically ill or disabled persons, and victims of abuse or trauma, including returning military personnel.
“The GPEP has increased the number of graduating students who choose to practice in communities where workforce shortages exist and where mental health services often are most needed,” said HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N.
Graduate Psychology Education Awards
|Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas||Fayetteville|
|Children’s Hospital Los Angeles||Los Angeles|
|Regents of the University of Colorado/University of Colorado at Colorado Springs||Colorado Springs|
|Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children/NCC-DV||Wilmington|
|Georgia State University Research Foundation||Atlanta|
|Medical College of Georgia, Research Institute, Inc.||Augusta|
|Boston Medical Center Corp.||Boston|
|University of Massachusetts Medical School||Worcester|
|Wayne State University||Detroit|
|University of North Carolina at Greensboro||Greensboro|
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks|
|University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha|
|The Regents of New Mexico State University||Las Cruces|
|University of Rochester Medical Center||Rochester|
|Cherokee Health Systems||Knoxville|
|University of Texas Austin||Austin|
|Eastern Virginia Medical School||Norfolk|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Richmond|
|University of Washington||Seattle|
For more information on HRSA’s health professions programs, visit http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.
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