The Dr. Stephen Hayes Community Mental Health Project and Loan Repayment Opportunities
This spring, the Department of Public Health worked with MSPP to make the State’s loan repayment program more accessible to MSPP graduates and address the shortage of mental health care providers in community mental health settings in Massachusetts. MSPP students can apply to pre-qualify for the possibility of receiving a tax-free contribution to their student loans of $25,000 a year for each of two years (for a maximum total of $50,000) when they take a position in a designated Health Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) facility. (Click here to find designated facilities on HPSA's search engine). Master’s level graduates are potentially eligible for $20,000 a year for each of two years (for a maximum total of $40,000) after being accepted into the loan repayment program.
In an effort to raise the visibility of the Loan Repayment program and to solidify its structure, MSPP is naming the program the Dr. Stephen D. Hayes Community Mental Health Project. You may know that our graduate, Steve Hayes has worked as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer at the Lynn Community Health Center for 40 years. Steve and his colleagues built this center from a store front into a comprehensive medical center with 165,000 patient visits each year; a remarkable accomplishment of administrative skill, creativity and commitment to the poor. At the same time, Steve led a group of professionals in training generations of psychologists, physicians and other health care workers to serve the needs of underserved people. We are honored to have him among our graduates.
Frances Mervyn, our Dean of Students, is available to assist students interested in a public sector career secure state repayment of up to $50,000 in educational loans. Those interested in any kind of community mental health work should look into this program. For more information, contact Frances Mervyn by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.