MDHHS Launches New Student Loan Repayment Program to Address Shortage of Behavioral Health Professionals in Michigan

Loan repayment program for behavioral health professionals will be offered by MDHHS

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is introducing a new online behavioral health student loan repayment program to tackle the shortage of professionals in the field. The program, which will be available from April 29 to May 24, will offer financial assistance to individuals with student loan debt who are working in behavioral health services.

According to MDHHS staff, the goal of the program is to encourage more young professionals to enter the field of behavioral health by easing the burden of student loan debt. Amber Myers, Section Manager at MDHHS, explained that the program aims to address the need for behavioral health services in rural areas, where access to care can be limited.

In previous rounds of grants, MDHHS observed positive results in rural areas and provided funding to providers practicing in these underserved regions. The program has already supported four percent of providers working in rural areas, with a total of $1.86 million allocated for their loan repayment.

Interested individuals can learn more about the behavioral health student loan repayment program and access online resources by clicking on the link provided in this story. This initiative reflects MDHHS’s commitment to expanding access to mental health services and supporting professionals in the field.

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