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VM Mental Health Professional Loan Repayment

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) — Student loan repayment is back in the national conversation, and one organization plans to offer just that to mental health professionals in West Virginia.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission recently announced the Mental Health Loan Repayment Program.

They say the program “provides loan repayment to licensed mental health professionals practicing in underserved communities in West Virginia.”

We spoke with the Director of Behavioral Health Programs, Carolyn Canini.

She says this program is an incentive “to help them stay in the profession/keep them in those underserved communities that maybe don’t pay as much as other fields.”

According to Canini, there has been an increase in the need for mental health services during the pandemic.

She says mental health professionals are helping more during this time while themselves feeling the burden of the pandemic and often the burden of student loans.

She hopes this loan repayment program will ease some of the burden.

The prizes are awarded by the Commission’s Health Sciences Division, “based on a competitive review process and the recommendations of an advisory committee.”

Application materials are due March 15.

More information can be found at https://www.collegeforwv.com/programs/mental-health-loan-repayment-program/.

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