PARKERSBURG, VA (WTAP) – Student loan payment is back in the national conversation and an organization plans to offer it only to mental health professionals in West Virginia.
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recently announced a mental health loan repayment program.
They say the program “provides loan repayments to licensed mental health professionals who practice in underserved communities in West Virginia.”
We spoke with Director of Behavioral Health Programs, Caroline Canini.
She says the program is an incentive to “help keep them in the profession/keep them in those disadvantaged communities that might not pay as much as some other fields might.”
According to Canini, there has been an increase in the need for mental health services during the pandemic.
She says mental health professionals are most helpful during this time while also feeling the burden of the pandemic themselves and, often, the burden of student loans.
She hopes this loan repayment program will ease some of the burden.
Awards are made by the FDA’s Department of Health Sciences, “based on a competitive review process and recommendations of an advisory panel.”
Submission materials are due March 15th.
More information can be found at https://www.collegeforwv.com/programs/mental-health-loan-repayment-program/.
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