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Ohio Substance Use Disorder Professional Loan Repayment Program
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The application cycle for the Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program (SUDLRP) is closed.
Applications postmarked by June 15, 2020 will be reviewed and applicants notified when funding decisions have been made.

Please mail your applications as well as email them to Tina Krempasky at Tina.Krempasky@odh.ohio.gov.

Click the 'Download' button on this page to download the Ohio SUDLRP Application Packet.

The goal of the Ohio Substance Use Disorder Professional Loan Repayment Program (Ohio SUDLRP) is to increase access to SUD treatment for underserved communities and populations. In exchange for loan repayment assistance, clinicians commit to practice for two years at an eligible site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), as well as in other high-burdened SUD areas of the state, accept Medicare and Medicaid, and see clients regardless of ability to pay.
Selected full-time applicants practicing a minimum of 40 hours per week may receive up to $25,000 annually for repayment of outstanding health professions education debt. Part-time participants practicing between 20 and 39 hours per week may receive up to half the amount of full-time participants. For both full-time and part-time participants, a minimum of 50% of their direct client treatment time must be spent providing SUD treatment.

Provider Eligibility
The following disciplines are eligible to apply:  

  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC)
  • Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (LIMFT)
  • Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Pharmacist (RPh)
  • Physician (DO/MD)
  • Physician Assistant (PA)
  • Clinical or Counseling Psychologist (PsyD/PhD)
  • Registered Nurse (RN)

If applicants have existing obligations to a government or other entity, the obligations must be met prior to beginning a loan repayment contract.

Practice Site Eligibility
Practice sites must be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) and/or in other high-burdened SUD areas of the state. In addition, sites are required to:

  • Accept Medicaid
  • Accept assignment for Medicare
  • Accommodate all clients regardless of their ability to pay

Preference will be given to providers being recruited or retained to practice at sites that offer services on a sliding fee scale based on 200% of the federal poverty level and are located in or designated as mental health HPSAs.  

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