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To combat the nation’s opioid crisis, HRSA launched the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP).
The most effective treatment for opioid addiction is a comprehensive approach that incorporates medication and behavioral health counseling.
The program supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths.
Apply for your DATA 2000 waiver with free Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) training (the course is optional for physicians treating 30 patients or fewer) to receive award preference.
Compare our NHSC loan repayment programs — then choose the right one for you.
Eligible clinicians may receive up to $75,000 in student loan repayment in exchange for a three-year commitment to provide substance use disorder treatment services at NHSC-approved sites.
Yes, you qualify:
Yes, as long as you are:
Yes. Find out about specific guidelines and requirements for military reservists.
We offer awards to providers who use evidence-based treatment models to treat substance use disorders. Evidence-based SUD treatment helps fight this epidemic through specific eligibility.
You must be trained and licensed to provide SUD treatment at NHSC-approved evidenced-based SUD treatment facilities.
An NHSC-approved site is a health care facility providing complete outpatient services to people living in HPSAs. These sites meet NHSC site eligibility requirements and qualifications.
We guide you through the application and award process:
To apply, you must understand and follow our requirements.
On average, it takes three weeks to complete an application.
Provide answers in your application that match your supporting documents. If they don’t, we’ll reject your application.
Submit a legible, complete online application—including all supporting documents—by the application deadline.
You will receive priority if you:
You must include:
The following provides an overview of the application requirements. Find our complete set of requirements and instructions in the application and program guidance.
Complete each of the sections below to submit your application.
An application is incomplete without the following required supplemental documents:
You may need to submit additional supporting documents.
Submit these documents if we list them on the “Supporting Documents” page of the online application.
Print and keep a copy of your completed application package for your records.
You will receive a receipt of submission pop-up immediately upon submitting your online application.
Log into the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Customer Service Portal to view your application status. Use the BHW Customer Service Portal to download a copy of your application, supporting documents, or completed EVs.
Once you submit the online application, you may make edits, upload new documents, etc. You must make all edits and resubmit your final application by the application deadline.
Yes, you may withdraw your application from consideration any time before the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS), or their designee, signs the contract.
We begin our review of all applications after the application deadline passes.
Additionally, the NHSC SUD Workforce LRP has priority factors for awards.
If you become an award finalist, we will email you and ask that you log into the BHW Customer Service Portal.
We will ask you to confirm:
We ask you to provide:
Your direct deposit banking information. We use this for award funds if you receive an award.
Note: You must respond by the deadline we provide in the Confirmation of Interest email.
If you do not complete the Confirmation of Interest process by the deadline, we may withdraw your application from consideration.
If you still wish to participate in the program, you will need to submit a new application during a future NHSC SUD Workforce LRP application cycle for first-time participants and compete with other providers based on that cycle’s program requirements.
Only the Secretary of HHS or their designee can make an NHSC SUD Workforce LRP award.
You will receive final notification of an award, including your service obligation dates, no later than September 30.
Yes. If we do not select you for an award, we will email you no later than September 30.
Your service obligation begins on the date that the HHS Secretary (or the Secretary’s designee) countersigns your contract.
The APG and your contract explain the timeline and requirements for terminating an NHSC SUD Workforce LRP contract. If you terminate, you must repay all funds you receive under the contract.