Student Debt Relief Offered to Behavioral Health Providers

The MI Kids Now Loan Repayment Program will offer educational loan repayment for eligible behavioral health medical providers in Michigan. The program is available to behavioral health providers, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, therapists, case managers and certified behavioral analysts.

In an effort to recruit and retain behavioral health workers in Michigan, the program will assist those selected with up to $300,000 to repay educational debt over a period of up to 10 years. Providing debt relief to those who serve children is the main priority for the loan repayment program, however, the program is open to providers of services to both children and adults.

Those eligible must provide in-person, outpatient behavioral health services through eligible non-profit practice sites, including public school-based systems and community mental health organizations. Eligible providers will be selected to enter into consecutive two-year agreements.

The MI Kids Now Loan Repayment Program application cycle is June 12 – June 23. Behavioral health providers are encouraged to review the materials in advance and submit applications when the cycle begins.

Detailed information regarding eligibility, selection criteria and application instructions can be found on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) website. Providers who have questions or need more information can email Reanna Kathawa with MDHHS.

Members with further questions may contact Lauren LaPine at the MHA.