The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) has announced a new funding program to increase the health care workforce in West Virginia. DHHR’s Department of Behavioral Health and Public Health is inviting applications for the third phase of the Statewide Therapist Loan Repayment Project (STLR) which focuses on recent master’s degree graduates in social work, counseling, or psychology, and includes psychiatric and pediatric nurses. psychologists.
“The children of our state and communities are facing incredible challenges, and many are struggling,” said Christina Mullins, DHHR Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. “The STLR Project is focused on developing the health care workforce in West Virginia to ensure that people have easy access to evidence-based care from professionals. We are committed to supporting the treatment and recovery of people with mental health and substance abuse problems. in our government.”
Applicants in the eligible categories will apply for partial credit for their education in exchange for a two-year position in an eligible public employment position. Awards to successful applicants are expected to be $35,000 for counselors, psychologists, and social workers, and $100,000 for pediatricians and nurse practitioners, based on documented academic credits and financial availability.
STLR applicants must have graduation dates between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023, must be eligible to practice in West Virginia before starting their career, and must agree to the terms of this category. STLR instructions.
The the first round of STLR was open to counselors and therapists and received over 100 applications. The the second round it was expanded to include child psychiatrists and a psychiatric nurse and received more than 100 applications.
For proper STLR instructions and usage information, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/BBH/data/STLR or contact the project manager Steven A. Little@wv.gov. The application deadline is January