Medical Professionals Treating Opioid Use Disorder May Qualify for Student Loan Repayment
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is offering student loan repayment for medical providers that deliver medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. The goal is to increase availability of quality treatment across the state. Michigan will use federal State Targeted Response for Opioid Crisis dollars from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to repay the medical education loans.
Medical professionals will be eligible for $15,000 to $30,000 in loan repayment if they begin providing medication-assisted treatment or expand the number of patients they currently see. The program is available to medical doctors and osteopathic medicine doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and substance use disorder counselors who have the training needed to offer buprenorphine under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000.
To be eligible, providers must begin offering opioid treatment, increase the number of patients they currently see, or increase the number of patients they are permitted to see. Providers who work in a variety of settings are eligible to apply, including primary care, family medicine, Opioid Treatment Programs, emergency medicine, hospital-based settings, jails, and prisons.
Applications can be filed through November 30, 2019. MDHHS will prioritize applications based on the number of patients to be served and the need for additional treatment capacity in the county. Applications and additional information can be found at Michigan Opioid Treatment Access Loan Repayment Program. Health care providers are encouraged to review the materials and submit applications when the cycle begins. They can contact Megan Linton at 517-335-6713 for more information.
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