Wolf Extends Debt Repayment Plan To Addiction Specialists
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is adding $ 5 million to a loan repayment program that began last year to ease the student debt burden on those battling the state’s opioid crisis.
The program is designed to address the current shortage of physicians trained and specialized in the treatment of opioid use disorders, and thereby address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, which is one of the worst in the country.
Wolf’s project received first funding in 2018, thanks to a “State Opioid Response” grant of $ 55.9 million of the Federal Mental Health and Addiction Services Administration (SAMSHA).
The first payment, for a total amount of $ 5 million, was allocated in May 2019 to “doctors who agree to practice in areas of great need”. according to WHY. These areas specifically included 30 heavily affected counties in western Pennsylvania, who are among the most affected by opioid use disorders. A second installment of $ 5 million was added in December.
Registered social workers and substance abuse counselors are eligible for the program, as are physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
In order to receive payment, practitioners meet several conditions. Practitioners in Pennsylvania must have already spent two years treating drug addiction and committed to continuing to work with drug addiction patients until September 30, 2021. In addition, applicants who have residency in the state, have community ties. and college or state program degrees are prioritized for funding.
Those who wish to receive funding must apply by January 21.