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Rural Community Loan Repayment Program

National Health Service Corp logo The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is for providers working to combat the opioid epidemic in the nation's rural communities.

The NHSC Rural Community LRP will make loan repayment awards in coordination with the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. This will provide evidence-based substance use treatment, assist in recovery, and prevent overdose deaths across the nation.

Who Is Eligible?

Eligible clinicians enjoy the following benefits in exchange for providing substance use disorder and opioid use disorder treatment services at rural NHSC-approved substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities.

  • Allopathic/osteopathic physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Certified nurse-midwives
  • Psychiatric nurse specialists
  • Health service psychologists
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • SUD counselors
  • Pharmacists
  • Registered nurses
  • Certified registered nurse anesthetists

Award Amounts

  • Eligible clinicians may receive up to $100,000 for 3 years full-time service or $50,000 for 3 years half-time service.

Eligibility Requirements

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