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Loan Repayment Programs for Social Workers - Applications Now Open!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jamie Klufts
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We are excited to announce that applications for MassHealth Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)'s Loan Repayment Program and Workforce Development Program are now open!
Both of these opportunities are specific to behavioral health providers who work in community settings. Unfortunately, hospital social workers are not eligible. If you are a LCSW or LICSW and have student loan debt, I encourage you to apply. Applications for both programs are now due April 17, 2018 - the deadline was extended.


You can also learn more about the Loan Repayment Program here and the Workforce Development Program here . Both of these programs are excellent opportunities for social workers and are being administered by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MassLeague). You can read the announcement letter from MassLeague's President & CEO below.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I wish you luck on your application!
Rebekah Gewirtz
Executive Director
617-227-9635 x116



Letter from Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers:
March 15, 2018
Dear Health Center and Behavioral HealthCEOs,
I am pleased to announce that the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MassLeague) has been awarded a contract by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to develop and implement seven community-based primary care and behavioral health workforce initiatives as part ofMassHealth’s $1.8 billion Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. The statewide investments to support workforce initiatives total $115 million, a large proportion ofwhich will be allocated over the next five years to expand loan repayment, residency training, and clinical learning andleadership opportunities for community-based primary care and behavioral health clinicians. A program of technical assistance to strengthen community health center readiness for accountable care will also be launched. In this first year of the initiative, we expect to award more than $5 million in direct fundingto clinicians who commit to practice in community-basedprimary care and behavioral health settings. The MassLeague will work closely withthe Association for Behavioral Healthcare (ABH) to administer the behavioral health components of these programs.
These investments to grow statewide capacity across the community-based primary care and behavioral health workforce are intended to support MassHealth’s broader restructuring efforts to increase quality and lower the total cost of care for members. For this reason, only those organizations currently participating in MassHealth payment reform initiatives are eligible to apply.The programs will be introduced on a rolling basis over the next few months with three recruitment initiatives launching immediately:
  1. Student Loan Repayment Program:In contract year 1 (January - December 2018), 70 loan repayment recruitment slots will be made available for primary care and behavioral health clinicians who commit to four years of practice in an eligible community-based setting, including community health centers (CHCs) community mental health centers (CMHCs), Emergency Service Programs (ESPs), Community Service Agencies (CSAs), Community Partners (CPs) or their Affiliated Partner or Consortium Entity, as well as providers of In-Home Therapy (IHT) that contract with an ACO.Click hereformore program detail, including loan repayment amounts, eligibility requirements and the application process.
  2. Behavioral Health Workforce Development Program:In contract year 1only, 35 loan repayment recruitment slots will be made available for behavioralhealthclinicians who commit to four years of practice at a CMHC or behavioral health CP.Click herefor more program detail, including loan repayment amounts, eligibility requirements, and the application process.
  3. CommunityPartnerRecruitment Incentive Program:This program is intended to assist MassHealth Behavioral Health and Long Term Services and Supports CPs in their efforts to recruit and retain care coordinators and registered nurses/licensed practical nurses in the first year of the initiative. Applications for CP recruitment slots and theassociated guidance will be provided to MassHealth-contracted CPs directly.
An upcoming webinar to outline and answer questions about theStudent Loan Repayment and Behavioral Health Workforceprograms is scheduled forTuesday, March 20, Noon – 1:00 pm:
+1 669 900 6833or +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 430 837 9665
If you do not have computer access, you may join by phone
Program details for theremaining four programswill be disseminated by MassHealth and the MassLeague as they become available.Click herefor a quick overview of all seven community health workforce programs.
For more information on the broader MassHealth DSRIP initiative,pleaseclick here.
The MassLeague and our members have a long history of developing successful workforce recruitment and retention programs for health centers. In response to the diminishing resources for these initiatives, the MassLeague and ABHadvocated that DSRIP funds be invested in the community-based primary and behavioralhealthcare workforce to help the Commonwealth meet its cost and quality goals under the MassHealth Section 1115 Waiver.
We are very grateful to Governor Charlie Baker, EOHHS Secretary Marylou Sudders, and MassHealth Assistant Secretary Dan Tsai for the confidence they have placed in us to administer these critically-needed strategic initiatives. Many thanks also to ABH President and CEO Vic DiGravio and to the MassLeague staff and consultants for their collaborative work in launching a new era of workforce development for Massachusetts’ essential community providers.
Most sincerely,
James W. Hunt, Jr.
President & CEO

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