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Fiscal Year 2021 Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The following opportunity may be of interest to members of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) community. Please note that the information provided in this solicitation may not reflect the views and opinions of BJA.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Resources and Services Administration

Bureau of Health Workforce

Fiscal Year 2021 Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Full-Time Service Opportunities

The Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) will pay up to $250,000 to awardees in exchange for six years of full-time employment that involves direct treatment or recovery support of patients with or in recovery from a substance use disorder. Awardees will receive a lump sum payment totaling the principal of and interest on each eligible loan outstanding on the date the individual began service, up to $250,000.

Full details are available in the Application and Program Guidance document at https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bureau-health-workforce/funding/star-lrp-application-guidance.pdf.

The purpose of the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is to recruit and retain medical, nursing, behavioral/mental health clinicians, and paraprofessionals who provide direct treatment or recovery support of patients with or in recovery from a substance use disorder. The STAR LRP participants must provide services in either a county (or a municipality, if not contained within any county) where the mean drug overdose death rate per 100,000 people over the past three years for which official data is available from the state is higher than the most recent available national average overdose death rate per 100,000 people, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), or in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designated for Mental Health. The information that applicants submit will be used to evaluate their eligibility, qualifications, and suitability for participating in the STAR LRP. In addition, information from other sources will be considered (e.g., credit bureau reports and National Practitioner Data Bank reports).

View the fact sheet at https://bhw.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/bureau-health-workforce/funding/star-loan-repayment-fact-sheet.pdf.

Important Dates

STAR LRP applicants should be aware of the following key dates:

  • Application Submission Deadline: July 22, 2021, 7:30 p.m., ET

  • Employment Start Date: July 22, 2021

  • Notification of Award: On or before September 30, 2021

Questions?

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