This program aims to address the shortage of primary care and behavioral health providers practicing in community-based settings by offering partial repayment of student loan obligations for providers who commit to four years of service in a community health center (CHC), community mental health center (CMHC; inclusive of community-based mental health centers, substance use programs, and psychiatric day treatment programs) or Emergency Service Program (ESP) providers participating in MassHealth payment reform, or a Community Service Agency (CSA) or a Community Partner (CP) or their Affiliated Partner or Consortium Entity as well as providers of In-Home Therapy (IHT) that are contracted with an ACO.
Physicians, psychiatrists, and psychologists are eligible for up to $50,000 of student loan repayment. APRNs, PCNSs, NPs, PAs, LICSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, and LADC1s are eligible for up to $30,000 of student loan repayment. Additionally, this year, Master's prepared unlicensed BH providers working in community settings across Massachusetts are eligible for up to $30,000 of student loan repayment. Master's prepared unlicensed BH providers must anticipate receiving their licensure within one-year of application submission and must work at an organization listed under the Community Based Behavioral Health and/or Substance Use Disorder Organizations section of the Eligible Organizations list to be eligible to apply. Quarterly learning days will also be offered to enhance the commitment of participating providers to community-based careers.
Applications for the Student Loan Repayment Program were due June 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST. This application cycle is now closed.