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NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

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The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a new program for providers working to combat the opioid epidemic in the nation’s rural communities.

The NHSC LRP will make FY 2019 loan repayment awards in coordination with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative within the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to provide evidence-based substance use treatment, assist in recovery, and to prevent overdose deaths across the nation.

Benefits of the NHSC Rural Community LRP

Eligible clinicians enjoy the following benefits in exchange for providing substance use disorder and opioid use disorder treatment services at rural NHSC-approved SUD treatment facilities.

  • Loan Repayment
    Eligible clinicians may receive up to $100,000 for full-time service or $50,000 for half-time service, to repay outstanding, qualifying, educational loans.
  • Flexible Service
    Options You have a choice between three years of full-time or half-time service at a rural NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility.
    Note: If you serve in a private practice, you are not eligible to practice half-time.
  • Service
    You have an opportunity to increase access to primary care services in rural communities in need.

Are you eligible for an NHSC Rural Community LRP award?

NHSC Rural Community LRP offers awards to providers working in rural communities who use evidence-based treatment models to treat substance use disorders and opioid use disorders.

You must be:

  • A United States citizen (U.S. born or naturalized) or United States national;
  • A provider (or be eligible to participate as a provider) in the Medicare, Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, as appropriate;
  • Fully trained and licensed to practice in the NHSC-eligible primary care medical, or mental/behavioral health discipline and state in which you are applying to serve; and
  • A health professional in an eligible discipline with qualified student loan debt for education that led to your degree.
  • Working, or have accepted a position, at a rural NHSC-approved SUD treatment facility.

What are the eligible disciplines and specialties?

  • Allopathic/osteopathic physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nurse-midwives
  • Psychiatric nurse specialists
  • Health service psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • SUD counselors
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered nurses
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists

How can your application receive priority?

Health professionals serving at rural NHSC-approved SUD treatment facilities that are recipients of RCORP funding will receive priority funding.

What is an NHSC-approved site?

An NHSC-approved site is a health care facility that

  • Provides comprehensive outpatient services to populations residing in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs)
  • HRSA determines to meet the NHSC site eligibility requirements and qualifications.

To be an NHSC-approved SUD site, facilities must demonstrate they meet requirements in:

What are eligible NHSC-approved SUD sites?

  • SAMHSA-certified opioid 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

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