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Mental health care providers could get student loans paid off with new program

The State of Michigan is willing to repay a portion of student loans for those providing behavioral health medical services such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, and board-certified behavior analysts in areas underserved by the state.

The MI Kids Now loan repayment program encourages behavioral health care providers to work in areas that lack mental health services. Priority is given to those caring for children, but reimbursement is open to providers caring for both adults and children.

The goal is to help close the mental health care gap for schools and employers by paying off up to $200,000 in loan debt if committed over eight years.

Lindsay McLaughlin, Acting Director of the Office of Coordinated Health Policy and Support for Children, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said, “Increasing access to behavioral health services for families and children of Michigan is a top priority for MDHHS.

The application cycle for the MI Kids Now Loan Repayment Program opens on July 18, 2022 and closes on July 29, 2022. Find more program information, resources, applications, and application instructions. on the MI Kids Now Loan Repayment Program website.

Behavioral health providers are encouraged to review materials in advance and submit requests when the cycle begins.

Suppliers who have questions or need more information can contact Reanna Kathawa at [email protected]

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland