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

Link

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

Additional Links

Fact Sheet

Deadline

Application Deadline: Jun 27, 2024

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.

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 June 27, 2024
  • 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). Use the STAR LRP County Overdose Mortality Rate spreadsheet to determine if a facility meets this criteria.

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

Additional information regarding application ranking criteria 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
Application checklist

Applicant technical assistance:

Applicant webinar
May 28, 2024
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Call: 833-568-8864
Meeting ID: 160 184 9480
Passcode: 96467733

Question & answer session #1
June 12, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

Question & answer session #2
June 20, 2024
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Question & answer session #3
June 26, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern

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