Substance Use Providers Boosted by Federal Loan Repayment Program

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From The Baltimore Times, Dec. 13, 2019:

Chase Brexton, a clinic with a mission to provide quality care that honors diversity and improves communities, is among healthcare facilities to receive money in scholarship and loan repayment awards for clinicians and students through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC).

Chase Brexton has locations in the Mount Vernon section of Baltimore, and in Columbia, Easton, Glen Burnie, MICA, and Randallstown.

The funds are part of the federal Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) plan to combat the nation’s opioid crisis through an NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP).

“These loan repayment awards and scholarships make it possible for dedicated clinicians to care for the patients who need them most, including Americans with opioid use disorder and other substance abuse challenges,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a release.

The program also supports the recruitment and retention of health professionals needed in underserved areas to expand access to SUD treatment and prevent overdose deaths.

“This helps us to focus on helping clients and not be worried about student loans,” said Qwan Needum, a substance abuse therapist and SUD Workforce LRP awardee. “I’m here to help save lives and educate our clients in Baltimore City. And, one of the things I like about being at Chase Brexton is that we have all the services needed in one building, and that includes medical, dental and health— and case management.”

Read the full article here.

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