Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program (BHLRP)
The Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program (BHLRP) issued its final awards in October 2016. At this time, we do not anticipate additional funding for the program. Additional funding and program changes will be addressed during the 2017 Oregon Legislature. Any new programs or funding opportunities will be posted on our website.
The Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program (BHLRP) is a loan repayment program intended to expand the behavioral health workforce in Oregon serving the underserved populations, located primarily in rural areas and cultural or ethnic communities that are underrepresented in behavioral health services.
This program is only available to unlicensed behavioral health providers that have completed, or will complete within 8 months of applying to this program, a master’s level or higher degree program in one of the following fields:
- Clinical Social Work
- Counseling or Clinical Psychology
- Professional Counseling
- Marriage and Family Counseling
- Psychiatric Nursing (licensed PMHNPs are eligible to apply)
Applicants must be employed at or contracted to begin working at a qualified site within 8 months of the date of application. Applicants must also be registered with their respective professional board and working toward the requirements of licensure in their discipline.
What Practice Sites are Qualified?
A qualifying practice site is defined as a healthcare facility that hires behavioral health professionals to administer direct services and whose clientele is no less than 50% Medicaid eligible individuals. Priority will be given to applicants practicing in a Community Mental Health Program (CMHP), at a site that has a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score, or another site serving underrepresented populations.
To determine if your site is qualified, please submit a site application.
In exchange for a minimum one year service commitment at a qualifying site, awardees may receive up to $20,000 to repay qualifying debt. Qualifying debt is defined as debt accumulated through government or commercial student loans received solely for the purpose of covering the costs of undergraduate or post-baccalaureate education.
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