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S. 66 (104th): A bill to amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to ensure that social work students or social work schools are eligible for support under the Health Careers Opportunity Program, the Minority Centers of Excellence Program, and programs of grants for training projects in geriatrics, to establish a social work training program, and for other purposes.

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 4, 1995 (Introduced).


S 66 IS

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 66

To amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to ensure that social work students or social work schools are eligible for support under the Health Careers Opportunity Program, the Minority Centers of Excellence Program, and programs of grants for training projects in geriatrics, to establish a social work training program, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 4, 1995

Mr. INOUYE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Labor and Human Resources


A BILL

To amend title VII of the Public Health Service Act to ensure that social work students or social work schools are eligible for support under the Health Careers Opportunity Program, the Minority Centers of Excellence Program, and programs of grants for training projects in geriatrics, to establish a social work training program, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS.

    (a) SCHOLARSHIPS, GENERALLY- Section 737(a)(3) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293a(a)(3)) is amended by striking ‘offering graduate programs in clinical psychology’ and inserting ‘offering graduate programs in clinical psychology, graduate programs in clinical social work, or programs in social work’.

    (b) FACULTY POSITIONS- Section 738(a)(3) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293b(a)(3)) is amended by striking ‘offering graduate programs in clinical psychology’ and inserting ‘offering graduate programs in clinical psychology, graduate programs in clinical social work, or programs in social work’.

    (c) HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOOL- Section 739(h)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293c(h)(1)(A)) is amended by striking ‘or a school of pharmacy’ and inserting ‘a school of pharmacy, or a school offering graduate programs in clinical social work, or programs in social work’.

    (d) HEALTH CAREERS OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM- Section 740(a)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293d(a)(1)) is amended by striking ‘offer graduate programs in clinical psychology’ and inserting ‘offering graduate programs in clinical psychology or programs in social work’.

SEC. 2. GERIATRICS TRAINING PROJECTS.

    Section 777(b)(1) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294o(b)(1)) is amended by inserting ‘schools offering degrees in social work,’ after ‘teaching hospitals,’.

SEC. 3. SOCIAL WORK TRAINING PROGRAM.

    Part E of title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294n et seq.) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new section:

‘SEC. 779. SOCIAL WORK TRAINING PROGRAM.

    ‘(a) TRAINING GENERALLY- The Secretary may make grants to, or enter into contracts with, any public or nonprofit private hospital, school offering programs in social work, or to or with a public or private nonprofit entity (which the Secretary has determined is capable of carrying out such grant or contract)--

      ‘(1) to plan, develop, and operate, or participate in, an approved social work training program (including an approved residency or internship program) for students, interns, residents, or practicing physicians;

      ‘(2) to provide financial assistance (in the form of traineeships and fellowships) to students, interns, residents, practicing physicians, or other individuals, who are in need thereof, who are participants in any such program, and who plan to specialize or work in the practice of social work;

      ‘(3) to plan, develop, and operate a program for the training of individuals who plan to teach in social work training programs; and

      ‘(4) to provide financial assistance (in the form of traineeships and fellowships) to individuals who are participants in any such program and who plan to teach in a social work training program.

    ‘(b) ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS-

      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may make grants to or enter into contracts with schools offering programs in social work to meet the costs of projects to establish, maintain, or improve academic administrative units (which may be departments, divisions, or other units) to provide clinical instruction in social work.

      ‘(2) PREFERENCE IN MAKING AWARDS- In making awards of grants and contracts under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall give preference to any qualified applicant for such an award that agrees to expend the award for the purpose of--

        ‘(A) establishing an academic administrative unit for programs in social work; or

        ‘(B) substantially expanding the programs of such a unit.

    ‘(c) DURATION OF AWARD- The period during which payments are made to an entity from an award of a grant or contract under subsection (a) may not exceed 5 years. The provision of such payments shall be subject to annual approval by the Secretary of the payments and subject to the availability of appropriations for the fiscal year involved to make the payments.

    ‘(d) FUNDING-

      ‘(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- For the purpose of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 1996 through 1998.

      ‘(2) ALLOCATION- Of the amounts appropriated under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall make available not less than 20 percent for awards of grants and contracts under subsection (b).’.

SEC. 4. CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER SERVICES.

    Section 1302 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300e-1) is amended--

      (1) in paragraphs (1) and (2), by inserting ‘clinical social worker,’ after ‘psychologist,’ each place it appears;

      (2) in paragraph (4)(A), by striking ‘and psychologists’ and inserting ‘psychologists, and clinical social workers’; and

      (3) in paragraph (5), by inserting ‘clinical social work,’ after ‘psychology,’.