Financial assistance program offered to behavioral health professionals

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Offices for Behavioral Health and Public Health announced that applications will be accepted for the statewide Therapist Loan Repayment Project. (STLR), a financial aid initiative for recent graduates who are master’s-level social workers, counselors and psychologists; child psychiatrists; and psychiatric nurse practitioners to increase capacity within West Virginia’s behavioral health workforce.

STLR applicants may apply for partial loan repayment of their educational expenses in exchange for a 2-year service obligation at an eligible workplace in West Virginia. Scholarships are dependent on documented student loans and availability of funds, but are expected to exceed $20,000 per applicant.

Eligible applicants must be qualified to practice in West Virginia prior to commencing their service obligation and must agree to the terms and conditions of the STLR Project Guidelines.

“Children and communities in West Virginia have faced incredible challenges resulting in emotional distress,” said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch. “The STLR Project focuses on growing West Virginia’s behavioral health workforce to ensure that people with mental health and addictions issues can more easily access quality, evidence-based care from qualified providers. We are committed to supporting the treatment and recovery of people in our state. »

For more information and how to apply, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/BBH/data/STLR. Applications must be received by noon on December 30, 2021.

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