The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 5102, the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018, which would create a loan repayment program for SUD treatment providers.
The AOA helped shape the bill, supported its introduction, was involved in direct lobbying, and created a grassroots action campaign, which resulted in over 3,000 emails that encouraged lawmakers to support the bill.
Specifically, the bill will offer student loan repayment of up to $250,000 for participants who agree to work as a SUD treatment professional in areas most in need of their services. These include:
-A mental health professional shortage area; or
-A county where the drug overdose death rate is higher than the national average.
The bill now moves on to the Senate for debate.