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Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP)

Link

https://bhw.hrsa.gov/funding/apply-loan-repayment/star-lrp

Deadline

Application Deadline: Jul 13, 2023

Sponsor

Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)

Purpose

Provides funding for loan repayment for substance use disorder (SUD) professionals in exchange for service commitments at Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP)-approved facilities located in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or in counties with a drug overdose death rate that is higher than the national average. Assists underserved areas, rural communities, and other areas significantly impacted by substance use in recruiting and retaining medical, nursing, behavioral/mental health clinicians and paraprofessionals who provide direct treatment or recovery support for patients with or in recovery from SUD.

A complete list of eligible SUD professions and facility types can be found in the STAR LRP fact sheet.

Amount of Funding

A maximum of $250,000 for 6 years of full-time employment that involves direct treatment or recovery support for SUD for providers serving at a STAR LRP-approved facility.

Additional service obligation information is available in the program guidance.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must work full time in an approved SUD discipline and specialty to be eligible for this program and meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. born or naturalized, a U.S. national, or permanent resident
  • Meet applicable education requirements and have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted health professional license, certificate, or registration in the discipline in which the individual is applying to serve
  • Be employed by, or have accepted a position at a STAR LRP-approved facility where employment will begin no later than July 13, 2023
  • Submit a complete application

Tier 1 priority is given to applicants employed in an approved facility located in a county or municipality where the mean drug overdose death rate per 100,000 people over the past 3 years for which official data is available from the state, is higher than the most recent available national average overdose death rate per 100,000 people, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additional information regarding application ranking criteria can be found in the program guidance.

Tier 2 priority is given to applicants employed in an approved facility located in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Use the STAR LRP County Overdose Mortality Rate spreadsheet to determine if a facility meets this criteria.

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
Application checklist
Applicant webinar recording

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 • Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) • Mental Health • Opioids • Recovery • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment