Participants are required to practice for at least 30 hours per week, for at least 45 weeks per year, for a minimum of three years in an underserved urban community. An underserved urban community in Minneapolis or St. Paul is defined by Minnesota statute 144.1501 as a health professional shortage area (HPSA), medically underserved area (MUA), or with medically underserved populations (MUP)
. Use the website from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
to verify that a clinic or facility is in one of these designations.
Selected participants shall provide direct patient care hours/client–centered services. Hours cannot be fulfilled meeting with providers, process improvement, policy development, supervising, or administering programs.
Participants must begin their service obligation under this program no later than March 31 following completion of their licensure or residency. Participants must complete their licensure as originally stated in their application.
Participants are eligible to participate for up to four years in the program as a mental health professional in an underserved urban community. ORHPC will make an annual payment to the participant in the amount of up to (1) $12,000, not to exceed $48,000 for Psychologists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners and (2) $7,000, not to exceed $28,000 for Independent Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors for the maximum four-year period or
the balance of the designated loan(s), whichever is less subject to the availability of funds
appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature for the loan forgiveness program.