S 42

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 42

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 certain programs that would assist individuals in pursuing health careers or for grants for training projects in geriatrics, and to establish a social work training program.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25 (legislative day, January 5), 2011

Mr. INOUYE introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


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 certain programs that would assist individuals in pursuing health careers or for grants for training projects in geriatrics, and to establish a social work training program.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Strengthen Social Work Workforce Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS.

    (a) Health Professions Schools- Section 736(g)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293(g)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting `, including a graduate program in clinical social work or a program in social work', after `graduate program in behavioral or mental health'.

    (b) Scholarships- Section 737(d)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293a(d)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting `(including a graduate program in clinical psychology, a graduate program in clinical social work, or a program in social work)' after `mental health practice'.

    (c) Loan Repayments and Fellowships Regarding Faculty Positions- Section 738(a) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 293b(a)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (2)--

        (A) subparagraph (A), by inserting `social work,' after `nursing,'; and

        (B) subparagraph (B), by inserting `social work,' after `nursing,'; and

      (2) in paragraph (3), by inserting `, including graduate programs in clinical psychology, graduate programs in clinical social work, or programs in social work' after `offering graduate programs in behavioral and mental health'.

SEC. 3. GERIATRICS TRAINING PROJECTS.

    Section 753(b) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294c(b)) is amended--

    (a) in paragraph (1)--

      (1) by inserting `schools offering degrees in social work,' after `teaching hospitals,';

      (2) by inserting `(including social workers)' after `behavioral and mental health professionals'; and

      (3) by inserting `(including geriatric social work)' after `geriatric behavioral or mental health';

    (b) in paragraph (2)--

      (1) in subparagraph (C)--

        (A) by inserting `(including social workers)' after `mental health professionals'; and

        (B) by inserting `(including social work)' after `geriatric behavioral or mental health'; and

      (2) in subparagraph (D), by striking `geriatrics or behavioral or mental health' and inserting `geriatrics, behavioral or mental health, or social work'; and

    (c) in paragraph (3)(A)(iii)--

      (1) by inserting `(including social workers)' after `behavioral and mental health professionals'; and

      (2) by inserting `or departments of social work' after `departments of behavioral or mental health'.

SEC. 4. SOCIAL WORK TRAINING PROGRAM.

    Subpart 2 of part E of title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 295 et seq.) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating section 770 as section 770A;

      (2) by inserting after section 769, the following:

`SEC. 770. SOCIAL WORK TRAINING PROGRAM.

    `(a) Training- The Secretary may make grants to, or enter into contracts with, any public or nonprofit private hospital, any school offering a program in social work, or any public or private nonprofit entity that 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--

        `(A) are in need of such assistance;

        `(B) are participants in any such program; and

        `(C) 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 a social work training program; and

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

    `(b) Academic Administrative Units-

      `(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may award 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 awarding 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 a program 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 and subject to the availability of appropriations for the fiscal year involved to make the payments.

    `(d) Funding-

      `(1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

      `(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).'; and

      (3) in section 770A, as redesignated by paragraph (1), by inserting `except for section 770,' after `carrying out this subpart,'.

SEC. 5. 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 the term 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,'.

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