To: CBHA Members
From : Blanca Campos
CBHA is excited to share the news that the long awaited CBHA initiated Community Behavioral Healthcare Loan Repayment program has launched. Please see the announcement and links for information and to apply. A question regarding “what is the definition of underserved or rural health professional shortage area” has been raised. We reached out to the ISAC to pose the question and will also be reaching out to DMH for futher clarification.
DMH, in conjunction with our partners at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, is thrilled to announce the launch of the Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program. This program is designed to help recruit and retain behavioral health care workers and to address the shortage of community-based workers.
The program is currently open to psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician asssistants, doctoral psychologists, licensed clincal social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and certified alcohol & drug counselors. Eligible individuals must have worked for at least 12 months at a community mental health center in an underserved or rural health professional shortage area, and for each year of assistance they receive, must fulfill a further 12 month work commitment.
Please review the details below, including more information on the program and links to the application. The priority application deadline is November 15, 2022. Please share this information widely with your eligible staff.
DMH is continuing to develop additional loan repayment options that will support additional community mental health staff, including those who are not licensed but who are still critical to our providers’ workforce. We hope to have additional details regarding expanded offerings soon.
Ryan Rollinson, LCSW
Deputy Director of Systems Rebalancing – Colbert Administrator
Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Mental Health
122 S. Michigan Ave, 20th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
ISAC is pleased to announce the launch of the Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program. The program was designed to aid in recruitment and retention of behavioral health care professionals who practice in underserved or rural areas, and to address the shortage of community-based workers that causes disparities in access to critical mental health and substance use services. The loan repayment assistance may be received annually for up to four years to help with the repayment of an eligible educational loan(s). The amount of the assistance received is based on the applicant’s position, and can range from $2,500 to $35,000 per year.
To qualify for the program, an applicant must be a behavioral health professional who:
- meets licensing requirements of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, or
- holds certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor from the Illinois Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association.
Qualifying positions include: psychiatrist, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, psychologist who holds a doctoral degree (Psy.D. or Ph.D.), licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) and CADC-certified substance use professional.
Additionally, the applicant must have worked for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to applying, in a community mental health center in an underserved or rural health professional shortage area (HPSA). After receiving the assistance, a separate 12-month period as a behavioral health professional must also be fulfilled. In order to determine eligibility, the work history will be verified and certified by the facility(ies) at which the applicant was employed.
The Fiscal Year (FY) 23 interactive application for the Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program is now available. To receive priority consideration, the application must be submitted on or before Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Applications received after November 15 will be given consideration if funding remains after all timely, qualified applicants have been awarded.
Learn more about the program – including eligibility requirements and how to apply – by visiting these pages at ISAC’s website:
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