2002 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hamilton
Expand Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Prof.

Item 311 #1h

Item 311 #1h

First Year - FY2003 Second Year - FY2004
Health And Human Resources
Health, Department of FY2003 $50,000 FY2004 $50,000 GF
FY2003 $50,000 FY2004 $50,000 NGF

Page 241, line 1, strike "$2,840,398" and insert "$2,940,398".
Page 241, line 1, strike "$2,840,398" and insert "$2,940,398".
Page 241, line 36, after "D." insert "1."
Page 241, line 40, strike "150,000" and insert "200,000".
Page 241, line 41,  strike "150,000" and insert "200,000".
Page 241, after line 46, insert:
"2.  Out of the amounts appropriated, $50,000 from the general fund and $50,000 from nongeneral funds the first year and $50,000 from the general fund and $50,000 from nongeneral funds the second  year is provided for the expansion of the National Health Service Corporation Virginia Loan Repayment Program to include mental health professionals.  The Department shall expand the program by seeking approval from the participating federal agency to include psychiatrists and other mental health professionals as defined by the National Health Services Core, including doctoral clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric nurse specialists, and marriage and family therapists as those eligible for participation in the National Health Service Corp - Virginia Loan Repayment Program.

(This amendment provides funds to expand an existing federal-state scholarship and loan repayment program for physicians who agree to work in a health professional shortage area to include mental health professionals. The program offers loan repayment up to $50,000 for a minimum two-year commitment. The amount of funding would enable the program to support four additional psychiatrists or several other mental health professionals, due to their generally lower loan obligations.)