York, Pennsylvania – Today, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) visited WellSpan Health START (Specialized Treatment and Recovery Team) Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic to highlight the $10 million available under the program repayment of loans for substance use disorders (SUD).
“We must ensure that all people living with substance use disorder can receive quality care in their communities,” Secretary Jen Smith said. “By removing some of the debt burden associated with the cost of education, we are incentivizing professionals to stay in the field of treating substance use disorders and helping Pennsylvanians who need it most.”
This program aims to help SUD treatment and case management professionals funded by the Single County Authority (SCA) to repay their current eligible student loans. High turnover rates and shortages of healthcare professionals have put increased pressure on employee recruitment and retention, as well as access to care for Pennsylvania residents seeking treatment and supports SOUTH. Through this SUD Loan Repayment Scheme, DDAP will provide loan repayment opportunities as an incentive to retain SUD practitioners wishing to continue providing services within the Commonwealth.
“We know our friends and neighbors are struggling with addiction, and most importantly, we know treatment works,” said Dr. Mitchell Crawford, director of addiction services at WellSpan Health. “Supporting the Loan Repayment Program for Substance Use Disorders will help improve access to this needed treatment by keeping our talented colleagues engaged in this work, and it will save lives.”
Applications must be submitted through the online application portal no later than May 26, 2022. Eligible practitioners must currently provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at one or more approved practice sites and meet the requirements of Section 6 of the project summary. Selected candidates must demonstrate a minimum of two years of prior experience in the field of the SOUTH as well as commit to a service commitment of two additional years.
Grant agreements will be awarded based on the availability of funds. Practitioners can claim up to $100,000, depending on occupation and work experience. The amounts and number of awards will depend on the number of applications received that meet the criteria for this Grant Initiative Funding Request (GIFA), the amount of grant requested, and the amount of grant available to be awarded.
This funding opportunity is made possible through the Opioid Settlement Fund (McKinsey) and the Medical Marijuana Program Fund of Pennsylvania.
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