State Loan Repayment Program
The Indiana Health Care Professional Recruitment and Retention Fund Program (IHCPRRF) provides loan repayment for student loans incurred by health care professionals to encourage the full-time delivery of health care in shortage areas. The IHCPRRF program provides an incentive for psychiatrists, alcohol, and substance use counselors and practitioners in related disciplines to practice in a specific, federally designated Indiana region experiencing high numbers of opioid deaths. Priority counties include Blackford, Dearborn, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Switzerland, Union and Wayne. Although priority counties have been identifyed, all qualifying providers in any county are encouraged to apply. The program is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health.
The project has grant opportunities for professional loan repayments to qualifying providers in mental health and addiction-related disciplines first, followed by primary care physicians, who are also in short supply. The plan calls for 30 awards for each year of the four-year grant period. An advisory committee, with the Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana Hospital Association as partners, will be formed to help with project development and grant awards by September.
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ISDH SLRP Team