Up to $100,000 in Loan Repayment for Rural Substance Use Disorder Clinicians

Applications accepted through: July 18 at 7:30p.m ET, 2019

A new National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program, the Rural Community Loan Repayment Program, will award up to $100,000 in student loan repayment to primary care and behavioral health clinicians providing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment in rural communities nationwide. In exchange, participants commit to serve for three years at rural health care sites.

Key Program Highlights

Priority Funding: Applicants employed at an NHSC-approved site that is also participating in the Rural Community Opioid Response Program (RCORP), an initiative of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, will be given priority.
Expanded Disciplines: Nurse anesthetists, pharmacists, registered nurses, and SUD counselors are eligible.
Flexibility: Applicants can apply under either the mental health or primary care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of their site – whichever is higher.
Support for all treatment team members: Providers offering general SUD services to medication assisted treatment are eligible to apply.
Visit the NHSC Rural Community Loan Repayment Program webpage to learn more.

Initial Check – Employer Eligibility

Visit the Health Workforce Connector to see if an organization is NHSC-approved, making their staff eligible to apply for loan repayment.

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Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Deadline June 10, 2019

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) recently released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Medication-Assisted Treatment Expansion (RCORP-MAT Expansion).  HRSA plans to invest approximately $8 million in rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.
Successful RCORP-MAT Expansion award recipients will receive up to $725,000 for a three-year period of performance to establish or expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) in eligible hospitals, health clinics, or tribal organizations located in high-risk rural communities.
View the funding opportunity here:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314041 
Eligible applicants include domestic public or private, non-profit or for-profit:

  • Rural Health Clinics, as defined by Social Security Act Section 1861(aa) and 42 CFR Parts 405 and 491;
  • Critical Access Hospitals, as defined by Section 1820 (e) of the Social Security Act and 42 CFR 485 subpart F;
  • Health Center Look-Alikes, defined as entities that meet all Health Center Program statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements but do not receive funding under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended (see https://bphc.hrsa.gov for more information);
  • Other small rural hospitals with 49 available staffed beds or less, as reported on the hospitals’ most recently filed Medicare Cost Reports; or
  • Tribes or tribal organizations (excluding health centers that receive Health Center Program federal award funding).

All applicants must be located, and all services must be provided, in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). Applicants do not need to be RCORP-Planning award recipients to apply for this funding opportunity. Applicants may apply for RCORP-MAT Expansion funding if they have applied for RCORP-Implementation funding, but they must detail in their applications how they will avoid duplication of effort and services if awarded both grants.  Award recipients are strongly encouraged to leverage workforce recruitment and retention programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
Before applying for RCORP-MAT Expansion on grants.gov, applicants must register in grants.govSAM, and DUNS.  These registration processes can take up to a month to complete.
FORHP will hold a webinar for applicants on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 12-1:30 p.m., ET.  A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend.  Please reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar.  You can also contactruralopioidresponse@hrsa.gov for questions pertaining to the NOFO.
To learn more about how HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit https://www.hrsa.gov/opioids