OHA offers loan program for behavioral health workers in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Oregon Health Authority is seeking applications from qualified behavioral health workers through Oregon’s Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program.

The program provides tax-free grants to supplement behavioral health personnel in underrepresented and underserved areas of Oregon who provide behavioral health services to their communities.

Qualified participants will receive tax-free grants to repay qualifying undergraduate and postgraduate loan debt. The OHA may also consider other student loans. The OHA will calculate rewards based on the participant’s balance owing on eligible loans.

Full-time behavioral health professionals — that is, more than 32 hours per week — can receive a reward equal to 70% of their eligible student debt balance, up to $50,000 per year of obligation.

Part-time workers — between 16 and 31 hours a week — can receive compensation equal to 35% of their eligible debt, or up to $25,000 per year of obligation.

Fellowship participants must meet a two-year service obligation, or risk repaying some or all of the sum awarded to them.

Candidates must be currently employed in the behavioral health care field. For more information on eligibility, visit the Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative webpage.

Interested behavioral health professionals can apply here. Applications close January 3, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to allow time for follow-up OHA inquiries.

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