Ben Rosen
Director of Public Information
New York State Office of Mental Health

August 31, 2016
Office of Mental Health Announces Loan Repayment Program to Attract
Psychiatrists to New York Psychiatric CentersPsychiatrists Can Receive Up
to $150,000 to Repay Student Loans in Exchange for Five-Year Service
Commitment to the Office of Mental Health

ALBANY, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced
that applications are being accepted for the Doctors Across New York (DANY)
Psychiatrist Loan Repayment Program. This incentive offers up to $150,000
in tax-free reimbursement for psychiatrists with active student loan debt
who agree to serve at a New York State Office of Mental Health psychiatric
center for at least five years.

“New York State has an obligation to attract and retain high-quality
healthcare professionals, especially mental health professionals,” said New
York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “It’s
projected that by 2030, New York will face a shortfall of up to 2,650
psychiatrists. We want to do everything in our power to prevent such a
critical shortage. As a psychiatrist, I know all too well how overwhelming
the cost to educate mental health professionals can be. We believe this
loan repayment program is a powerful incentive to attract and retain
high-quality psychiatrists throughout New York State.”

The DANY program is a state-funded initiative launched by the Department of
Health. It was created in 2008 in response to the increasing physician
shortage in New York State. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) has received
approval for its own segment of the program dedicated to address OMH’s
psychiatrist recruitment and retention crisis. OMH will be providing a
total of $1.5 million in funding for this program during the 2016-2017
fiscal year and will seek similar funding in future budgets. The OMH
Psychiatrist Loan Repayment Program will support psychiatrist recruitment
and retention at facilities where the OMH Commissioner determines there is
a critical need.

“Attracting high quality psychiatrists to New York’s underserved areas has
become an important priority that will help us meet the behavioral health
needs of all New Yorkers,” said New York State Department of Health
Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “A strong mental health workforce will also
help us meet our goal to integrate behavioral healthcare with physical
healthcare. We hope that psychiatrists who still have student loan debt
will consider working in a state psychiatric center as a way to not only
pay back their loan, but to gain invaluable experience in the field of
behavioral health.”

Opportunities exist in OMH psychiatric centers throughout New York State
and applications will be accepted electronically on a continual basis.
Physicians who are currently in a psychiatric residency program are
encouraged to apply.

For more information about the Psychiatrist Loan Repayment Program, please


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