2021 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB1100 (Committee Approved)

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Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program

Item 295 #1s

Item 295 #1s

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health FY2021 $0 FY2022 $1,600,000 GF

Page 325, line 25, strike "$985,000" and insert "$2,585,000".

Page 325, strike lines 40 through 54.

Page 326, strike lines 1 through 7.

Page 326, unstrike lines 8 through 36.

Page 326, line 11, after "adolescent psychiatrists;" insert:

"psychiatric physician assistants; psychiatric pharmacists;".


(This amendment restores funding and language that was provided in Chapter 1289, 2020 Acts of Assembly, to establish the Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program. Funding for this item was unallotted in April, 2020 and eliminated in Chapter 56, 2020 Special Session I Acts of Assembly. The program would increase the number of Virginia behavioral health practitioners through the establishment of an educational loan repayment incentive that complements and coordinates with existing efforts to recruit and retain Virginia behavioral health practitioners. The program would allow for a variety of behavioral health practitioners to receive a student loan repayment award from the Commonwealth in exchange for providing service to Virginia communities that are otherwise underserved. Practitioners would receive loan repayment for up to 25 percent of student loan debt for each year of health care service provided to the Commonwealth. Maximum loan repayment amounts per year are dependent upon the type of behavioral health professional applying and shall not exceed the total student loan debt. Participating practitioners will have an initial two-year minimum participation obligation and may renew for a third and fourth year. This provides the practitioner with the opportunity to fully pay off their student loan debt while providing four years of service to the Commonwealth. In addition, this amendment also strikes outdated language related to developing a plan for increasing the number of behavioral health practitioners.)