Project Identifier Information a. Grant Number: H56HP08882 b. Project Title: State Loan Repayment Program c. Organization Name: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services d. Mailing Address: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Policy, Planning & Legal Services Administration South Grand Building 333 South Grand Ave. 5th Floor PO Box 30195 Lansing, MI 48933 e. Primary Contact Information: Ninah Sasy MSLRP Project Director Director, Policy and Planning Office (517) 881-5219 SasyN@michigan.gov The Michigan State Loan Repayment Program (MSLRP) will increase access to primary healthcare for the residents of Michigan’s Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Toward this end, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) administers the program to assist employers at eligible practice sites in their recruitment and retention of medical, dental, and mental healthcare providers by offering loan repayment agreements to those who enter into two-year service obligations. Service obligations will require MSLRP participants to be employed not less than 40 hours per week to provide full time clinical service for at least 45 weeks per year at approved nonprofit practice sites to ambulatory populations in underserved communities. Michigan’s significant need for recruitment and retention resources continues to be demonstrated by increasing demand for the program. The competitiveness of the program results in several applicants willing to serve Michigan’s underserved communities. To optimize its field force, the program will continue to spread program funds among a greater number of applicants by awarding contracts designed to provide up to $200,000 in loan repayment over up to eight years of participation. The program will emphasize its purpose as assisting providers who continue to demonstrate their commitment to building primary care practices in underserved communities through loan repayment. MSLRP success will
be measured by its ability to obligate all program funds in order to maximize its field force and access to primary care in underserved communities. It will also be evaluated based on the number of priority providers placed in those areas. Priority providers are those identified by management and the Michigan Legislature as the most essential to meeting the primary healthcare needs of those at risk in underserved communities. Currently, priority providers include northern obstetric service providers in the northern lower and upper peninsulas, psychiatrists throughout the state and all eligible provider types working in Flint and Genesee County to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. The Department will describe program outcomes for each fiscal year in its federal reports and its biannual reports to the Michigan Legislature, marketing partners, and to others who request it.