Volume XIII, Issue XXXIV - April 2020

From: Danielle L. Kirby, Director
Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

Loan Repayment Programs

The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) opened its application for two loan repayment programs specifically for qualified health care clinicians providing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. The NHSC Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Workforce Loan Repayment Program and the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program.

Staff who qualify may receive up to $100,000 in student loan repayment in return for their service at an NHSC-approved SUD treatment site.

Eligible sites include:

  • SAMHSA-certified outpatient treatment programs (OTPs)
  • Office-based opioid treatment facilities (OBOTs)
  • Non-opioid substance use disorder treatment facilities (SUD treatment facilities)
  • Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHCs)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • American Indian Health Facilities
  • FQHC Look-Alikes
  • State or federal correctional facilities
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Community health centers
  • State or local health departments
  • Community outpatient facilities
  • Private practices
  • School-based clinics
  • Mobile units and free clinics

Applicants from a NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility receive priority for the SUD Workforce and Rural Community Loan Repayment Programs if they:

  • Have a DATA 2000 waiver;
  • Serve in an opioid treatment program; or
  • Are certified in SUD interventions, such as master's-level substance use disorder counselors

Applicants for the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program must serve in a rural area.

All programs use one application, but applicants can only apply to one program.

The application cycle has been extended! It is now open until Thursday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. ET.

Please see the attached flyers for additional information regarding the NHSC Loan Repayment Programs!