‘It’s so needed’: Potential Solution for More Mental Health to Help Underserved Communities

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BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — With a lack of mental health providers in underserved communities across the state, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is promoting bipartisan legislation to resolve the problem.

Flunder tells me Senator Gillibrand’s support for bipartisan legislation to expand The Mental Health Professionals Workforce Shortage Loan Repayment Act, would offer student loan forgiveness to encourage mental health professionals to work in underserved communities.

“This field is already an expensive field. This is something that you constantly have to pour finances into,” Flunder explained.
“Basically, within six years all your student loans would be repaid. If you give six years of service in an underserved area,” described Gillibrand…

…Center for Health Workforce Studies says by the year 2030, New York is projecting a shortfall of as many as 2,600 psychiatrists, but if this bill is approved. It could have quick results.

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