UT Health Science Center Receives $1 Million Grant
October 3, 2017
The UT Health Science Center Psychology Internship Program has been awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Officials with UT Health said that the funding would be used to increase the size and breadth of its program, which provides behavioral health services for patients.
“The Behavioral Health Expansion in Northeast Texas through the Integrated Care Education project will recruit and train an additional 22 doctoral interns within integrated behavioral healthcare over the course of the next four years,” said Kathryn Wortz, Ph.D., program director, UT Health Science Center Psychology Internship Program. “It will expand services to the North Tyler clinic, the UT Health Science Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, child and adolescent behavioral health, and palliative care.”
Dr. Wortz said that the interns already provide services in the Family Medicine Clinic and throughout UT Health’s clinical enterprise. “The new funding will help train additional interns and enhance existing services,” she said. “Working and training alongside medical professionals, the psychology interns are able to help patients with behavioral health concerns and medical adjustment issues in an environment that is comfortable to them – their doctor’s office.”
For 70 years, UT Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care to the citizens of Texas and beyond. Signature programs include cancer, chest diseases, primary care, behavioral health, and public and community health, along with over 25 additional medical specialties. As the only university medical center in Northeast Texas, its mission also includes education and research. Graduate medical education residencies are in family medicine, rural family medicine, internal medicine, occupational medicine, and psychiatry with many newly trained physicians electing to stay in Northeast Texas, a medically underserved region of the state. Graduate degrees include biotechnology and public health. In addition, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $137 million in competitive funding since 2004. With an annual operating budget of over $200 million, UT Health Science Center is a major economic engine for the region.