As part of the State Opioid Response federal funding awarded to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), the department has worked with the Department of Health to develop a substance use disorder (SUD) loan repayment program. The program will offer loan repayment to practitioners who provide behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid addiction in designated health professional shortage areas and designated high substance use counties. The program is set to launch in mid-February. For more information, there is a one-pager describing the project in more detail. Please direct questions regarding the project to this email.
RCPA and others have strongly advocated for this loan assistance for substance use disorder treatment staff. RCPA will continue to advocate for increases to the amount allocated for this crucial workforce recruitment opportunity.