From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has announced that Outpatient Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Facilities are eligible to apply to become Loan Repayment Program sites. Starting in 2019, NHSC will include qualified providers working in the SUD treatment field in their student loan debt repayment program, but SUD sites must be approved before providers can be eligible for loan repayment awards. The 2018 new site Application cycle (https://nhsc.hrsa.gov/loan-repayment/eligibility/index.html) is now open and will close on August 14, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Outpatient SUD Treatment Facilities include:
- Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP) - Facilities certified by SAMHSA
- Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) - Outpatient facilities with providers eligible to administer Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Non-opioid outpatient SUD facilities - Outpatient facilities that offer SUD treatment services (that do not provide MAT)
In 2019, NHSC will make an additional $105 million in loan repayment awards available for expanding and improving access to quality opioid and substance use disorder treatment in rural and underserved areas. Staff at NHSC-approved SUD sites will be eligible for up to $75,000 in loan repayment in exchange for 3 years of service at an NHSC-approved site.
Members of the SUD integrated treatment team who qualify for the upcoming NHSC SUD expansion include: Physician Assistants who are eligible to administer MAT, Behavioral Health Professionals, and Master's level Credentialed or Licensed Substance Use Disorder counselors.
Further clarification will be forthcoming as application guidance is written by NHSC. For more information, see the link above or contact Illinois' HRSA NHSC Regional Operations Point of Contact - LCDR Patrick Harper at Pharper@hrsa.gov.
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