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James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 james.plastiras@omh.ny.gov

September 20, 2017

National Health Service Corp Designation Provides NYS Office of Mental Health Staff Student Loan Assistance

Staff Working in Underserved Areas Can Qualify for Loan Repayment and Scholarship Programs

The NYS Office of Mental Health announced that 19 additional outpatient sites have been designated as National Health Service Corp (NHSC) approved locations. The designation comes with numerous benefits – including student loan repayment and scholarship programs – that will help recruit and retain talented staff for underserved areas of the state.

“This designation from the NHSC, as well as recent salary increases for Registered Nurses, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners approved by Governor Cuomo, are important recruitment tools that will help us attract exceptional health care providers to our facilities,” said Office of Mental Health (OMH) Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “And while this is very good for our staff, it will also greatly benefit the residents of our State who live in underserved regions, ensuring that they too have access to quality health care.”

The NHSC’s mission is to build healthy communities by supporting qualified health care providers dedicated to working in underserved areas. OMH now has a total of 35 approved NHSC sites serving adults, adolescents and children and an additional 13 sites serving forensic populations.

OMH clinical staff who provide services in underserved areas at NHSC approved outpatient sites are eligible to participate in several award programs administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Programs include a variety of loan repayment and scholarship programs for licensed professionals as well as nursing and medical students.

Current staff, as well as new hires, may be eligible to apply for loan repayment assistance of up to $50,000 in exchange for a two-year commitment at an NHSC approved site.  This designation may also enable NHSC Scholarship Program recipients to fulfill their associated service obligation.

For more information on the benefits of working in a NHSC approved site please visit the HRSA website: https://www.hrsa.gov

The OMH facilities newly designated by the NHSC include:

  1. Bronx PC                                 White Plains Road Clinic
  2. Buffalo PC                               Butler Clinic
  3. Buffalo PC                               Miller-Broadway Clinic
  4. Buffalo PC                               Lakeside Clinic
  5. Capital District PC                    North Satellite Clinic - Hudson Falls High School
  6. Capital District PC                    Middle Clinic Satellite
  7. Capital District PC                    Glen Street Satellite Clinic
  8. Capital District PC                    Schenectady County Community Treatment Program
  9. Hutchings PC                           Washington Street Clinic
  10. Kingsboro PC                           Williamsburg Clinic
  11. Kingsboro PC                           Canarsie Satellite Clinic
  12. Kingsboro PC                           Canarsie Clinic
  13. Manhattan PC                          125th Street Clinic
  14. Mohawk Valley PC                    York Street Clinic
  15. Mohawk Valley PC                    Herkimer Clinic
  16. Mohawk Valley PC                    Rome Clinic
  17. Rockland PC                            Yonkers Service Center
  18. Lawrence PC                           Watertown Child & Adolescent Wellness Clinic
  19. South Beach PC                       Heights Hill Clinic

More information about employment opportunities at the Office of Mental Health is available on the OMH website: https://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/employment/

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