Education Government Relations Office
News & Events
FY 2017 Appropriations Update: Congress Maintains Level Funding Through April
Congress passed a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown and continue level funding for federal programs and services through April 28.
Mental Health Reform Provisions Expand Support for Psychology Workforce Education and Training
The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan legislation, 21st Century Cures Act, which included comprehensive mental health reform provisions.
Annual GPE Advocacy Campaign Begins on Capitol Hill
The Education Government Relations Office kicked off its FY 2017 Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Advocacy Campaign in early February this year.
2015 ELC Participants Ask Congress to Strengthen Support for Graduate Education
Nearly 100 psychologists attended APA’s 2015 Education Leadership Conference (ELC) on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, and advocated increased funding for graduate education on Capitol Hill.
APA Collaborates With NASP in Letter to Senate on Student Privacy
New legislation would interfere with the provision of prevention and intervention services necessary to support student learning.
Key Policy Areas
Community Health Centers
APA advocacy efforts related to access to primary health care services — and integrated mental and behavioral health care — for individuals in medically underserved urban and rural areas.
Early Childhood, K-12 and Higher Education
APA advocacy efforts related to psychology’s role in education programs to improve teaching and learning — from testing and curriculum development, to violence prevention in schools and colleges.
Graduate Psychology Education
APA advocacy efforts related to GPE, the only federal program dedicated to the education and training of psychologists. Grants for APA-accredited programs bring mental health care to underserved populations.
Federal Program Spending
APA advocacy efforts related to funding for federal programs critical to the deployment of psychological practice and research in the service of promoting health and human welfare.
National Health Service Corps
APA advocacy efforts related to NHSC, a federal program that recruits health care professionals to serve in high-needs, community-based systems of care in return for scholarship or loan repayment assistance.
APA advocacy efforts related to workforce issues concerning psychologists — shortage of qualified mental health professionals, availability and funding of federal programs.