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Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program

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On June 8th the Health Resources and Services Administration released the Fiscal Year 2021 Application and Program Guidance for the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP).  The STAR-LRP will provide repayment of education loans for individuals working in a full-time substance-use disorder (SUD) treatment job that involves direct patient care at a STAR LRP-approved facility located in either a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designated for Mental Health, or a county/municipality where the average drug overdose death rate exceeds the national average.   Participants will receive up to $250,000 in exchange for six years of full-time SUD employment (including fellowship) that involves direct treatment or recovery support of patients with or in recovery from a substance use disorder.  The program will support the SUD workforce by expanding access to SUD treatment through the inclusion of disciplines and treatment facilities that are not eligible for existing loan repayment programs. The STAR-LRP is open to master’s level social workers, psychologists, counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric mental health practitioners, occupational therapists, psychology doctoral interns, and behavioral health paraprofessionals and physicians, physician assistants, and nurses, who are involved full-time in SUD treatment employment (including fellowships).  

HRSA anticipates making $28 million available to fund approximately 112 loan repayment awards in FY 2021.   

Click the link below to apply for the new Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program (STAR LRP) through July 22, 7:30 p.m. ET.

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