S 51

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 51

To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide health care practitioners in rural areas with training in preventive health care, including both physical and mental care, and for other purposes.

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 the Public Health Service Act to provide health care practitioners in rural areas with training in preventive health care, including both physical and mental care, 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. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Rural Preventive Health Care Training Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE TRAINING.

    Part D of title VII of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 294 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 754 the following:

`SEC. 754A. PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE TRAINING.

    `(a) In General- The Secretary may make grants to, and enter into contracts with, eligible applicants to enable such applicants to provide preventive health care training, in accordance with subsection (c), to health care practitioners practicing in rural areas. Such training shall, to the extent practicable, include training in health care to prevent both physical and mental disorders before the initial occurrence of such disorders. In carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall encourage, but may not require, the use of interdisciplinary training project applications.

    `(b) Limitation- To be eligible to receive training using assistance provided under subsection (a), a health care practitioner shall be determined by the eligible applicant involved to be practicing, or desiring to practice, in a rural area.

    `(c) Use of Assistance- Amounts received under a grant made or contract entered into under this section shall be used--

      `(1) to provide student stipends to individuals attending rural community colleges or other institutions that service predominantly rural communities, for the purpose of enabling the individuals to receive preventive health care training;

      `(2) to increase staff support at rural community colleges or other institutions that service predominantly rural communities to facilitate the provision of preventive health care training;

      `(3) to provide training in appropriate research and program evaluation skills in rural communities;

      `(4) to create and implement innovative programs and curricula with a specific prevention component; and

      `(5) for other purposes as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

    `(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2015.'.

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