The US Health Resources and Services Administration designated Maricopa County as a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area. This federal designation lets mental health facilities and providers participate in the National Health Service Corps Program, which recruits fully-trained health professionals to provide interdisciplinary primary health care services to underserved populations, assists clinicians in repayment of qualifying educational loans that are still owed, and make tax-free loan repayment for those loans in exchange for service commitment. This program is funded buy the federal government to the tune of $1.5B over the next 5 years. Primary care providers who participate in the loan repayment program can get up to $170K in loan repayment for completing a five-year service commitment.
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