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National Health Service Corps Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (NHSC SUD Workforce LRP)

Link

https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/nhsc-sud-workforce-loan-repayment-program.html

Deadline

Application Deadline: May 27, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)

Purpose

Provides funding for loan repayment for substance use disorder (SUD) providers in exchange for service commitments at NHSC-approved SUD treatment facilities in Mental Health and Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Aims to increase access to opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUDs) treatment in rural and underserved areas to combat the opioid crisis through the recruitment and retention of providers who are qualified to treat OUD and SUDs using evidence-based practices.

Eligible SUD primary care and behavioral\mental health professions include:

  • Physicians (MD or DO)
  • Nurse practitioners (NP)
  • Certified nurse midwives (CNM)
  • Physician assistants (PA)
  • Health service psychologists (HSP)
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSW)
  • Psychiatric nurse specialists (PNS)
  • Marriage and family therapists (MFT)
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPC)
  • SUD counselors
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered nurses (RN)

NHSC SUD Workforce LRP fact sheet

Amount of Funding

A maximum of $75,000 for 3 years of full-time clinical practice for providers serving at an NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility that is located in a Mental Health or Primary Care HPSA.

A maximum of $37,500 for 3 years of half-time clinical practice for providers serving at an NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility that is located in a Mental Health or Primary Care HPSA.

Additional practice type and service obligation information is available online.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must work in a primary care or behavioral/mental health approved discipline and specialty to be eligible for this program and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. born or naturalized, or U.S. national
  • Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted health professional license, certificate or registration in the discipline in which the individual is applying to serve
  • Participate or be eligible to participate as providers in the Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as appropriate
  • Be eligible for federal employment
  • Be employed by, or have accepted a position at, an NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility where employment and provision of care to patients will begin no later than July 18, 2021
  • Submit a complete application

NHSC will prioritize applicants by the following funding priorities when making loan repayment awards:

  • Current or former NHSC scholarship recipients that have completed their service obligation and continue to have eligible student loans
  • Priority within each HPSA score for applicants who meet the following criteria:
    • Come from a disadvantaged background
    • Have completed a HRSA-funded addiction medicine fellowship program
    • Have characteristics that indicate a likelihood the applicant will remain in a HPSA

Additional information on funding priority tiers can be found in the program guidance.

Geographic Coverage

Nationwide

What This Program Funds

Financial Aid for Healthcare Workforce

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found on the program website. Submit an application through the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) portal.

Application and program guidance
Applicant webinar recording
Application checklist

Contact

For questions:
800-221-9393
TTY at 877-897-9910
Online contact form
Bureau of Health Workforce Customer Service Portal

Topics This Program Addresses

Healthcare Workforce • Mental Health • Opioids • Overdose Prevention • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment