2023 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Dunnavant
Expedite Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Pathways (language only)

Item 287 #2s

Item 287 #2s

Health and Human Resources
Department of Health


Page 336, line 19, after "H.", insert "1.".

Page 336, line 20, strike "loan repayments" and insert "scholarships".

Page 336, line 21, strike "four years." and insert "five years with a return to work guarantee".

Page 336, line 21, after "years." strike "The".

Page 336, strike lines 22 through 23.

Page 336, line 24, strike the line prior to "The appropriation".

Page 336, line 22, strike "loan repayments" and insert "scholarships".

Page 336, after line 27, insert:

"2. Out of the appropriation included in paragraph H.1., the Department of Health may use up to $1,000,000 the second year from the general fund for innovation awards for expedited pathways to pursue becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner within 12 months for registered nurses and with 24 months for individuals with a baccalaureate degree."


(This amendment modifies and expands funding provided in the introduced budget related to healthcare workforce programs to develop expedited pathways to become a psychiatric nurse practitioner for individuals without a graduate degree or have baccalaureate degree. The program would provide a scholarship / stipend for eligible students.)