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State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

Loan Repayment:

The North Carolina Office of Rural Health administers the North Carolina State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). This program helps mental health providers provide primary and psychiatric care to people in rural and underserved areas. The Office of Rural Health Placement team works to identify opportunities to practice in an integrated care setting that matches the providers personal and professional needs with community needs. These integrated care opportunities are in a variety of practice settings including Federal Community Health Centers (also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs), State-Sponsored Rural Health Centers, County Health Departments, State Mental Health Hospitals, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers, Community Mental Health Facilities, and others.
Based on the amount of relevant educational loans, hours worked per week, and working at an integrated care site, SLRP offers educational loan repayment awards up to $50,000.00.   The awards are granted in exchange for a two-year service commitment in a team-based setting that provides access to comprehensive behavioral health services to rural communities with a Health Professional Shortage Area score of 15 or above; i.e., an integrated primary/behavioral health care setting. If funding is available, 1-year extensions may be requested after completion of the initial two-year service commitment.

2019 SLRP Guidelines including Application Requirements

Tax Liability:

  • Not taxable

Service Commitment:

  • Minimum two-year service commitment
  • Possible awards for additional 1-year service commitments


  1. Office of Rural Health anticipates awarding 4 – 6 SLRP contracts based on availability of funds the applicant’s allowable loan debt, full licensure of the provider, Mental Health HPSA site score, and providers delivering integrated care
  2. Provider must be working at a site located in a Mental Health HPSA of 15 or above
  3. Site must provide primary care/behavioral health integrated care services and complete Integrated Care Clinic Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  4. Applications will not be denied based upon the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity


Guidelines are subject to change at any time and are contingent upon funding and per the discretion of the Office or Rural Health.

Qualifying Disciplines:

  • PA: Physician Assistant in Mental and Behavioral Health (NEW!)
  • NP/ PMHNP: Nurse Practitioner/ Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (NEW!)
  • MD/DO: Psychiatrist (NEW!)
  • LCAS: Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (NEW!)
  • LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • LPC: Licensed Professional Counselor
  • LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor
  • PNS: Psychiatric Nurse Specialist
  • HSP: Health Service Psychologist (Clinical & Counseling)

Qualifying North Carolina Sites (Team-Based Integrated Care Setting) Include:


  • Free and Charitable Clinics (NEW!)
  • School-Based Healthcare Programs (NEW!)
  • CABHA: Critical Access Behavioral Health Agencies (NEW!)
  • State Mental Health Hospitals (NEW!)
  • ADATCs: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers (NEW!)
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Migrant Health Centers
  • FQHC Look-Alikes
  • CMS Rural Health Clinics
  • State Designated Rural Health Centers
  • Community Mental Health Facilities
  • Community Outpatient Facilities
  • State and County Health Department Clinics
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • ITU: Indian Health Service Facilities, Tribally-Operated 638 Health Programs, and Urban Indian Health Programs
  • Non-Profit Private Practices (Solo or Group)


SLRP Program Timeline

  • SLRP Eligibility Questionnaire Link Live begins Tuesday, June 18 - Monday, July 1 (Questionnaire Link Closes at 5:00 pm on July 1)
  • Personalized SLRP Application Links Emailed to Eligible Candidates on Monday, July 8
  • SLRP Personalized Application Links Live on Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 19 (Application Link Closes at 5:00 pm on July 19)
  • Screening Period for Eligible Applications is Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26
  • Award Decision Announcements by Email on Monday, July 29
  • 2019 SLRP Awardee Contracts Issued on Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2
  • 2019 SLRP Contracts Deadline - Friday, August 9



Maya Sanders

Clint Cresawn
Phone: 919-527-6496

Karen Gliarmis
Phone: 919-527-6452