Pennsylvania Officials Announce $19 Million In Marijuana-Funded Student Debt Relief Grants For Substance Misuse Treatment Professionals

Pennsylvania Officials Announce Million In Marijuana-Funded Student Debt Relief Grants For Substance Misuse Treatment Professionals
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Pennsylvania officials are awarding nearly $19 million in grants, partially funded by medical marijuana tax revenue, to help substance misuse treatment professionals pay down their student loans. The Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced last week that it is drawing from the state Medical Marijuana Program Fund, as well as settlement money from a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for opioid-related claims, to provide the student debt relief for 280 substance use disorder (SUD) treatment professionals. DDAP Secretary Jen Smith said in a press release that the administration “remains committed to strengthening the drug and alcohol treatment and case management system across Pennsylvania and this loan repayment program is just one more example of that commitment.” “Easing the burden of student debt is paramount to helping incentivize SUD professionals to remain in this field, which in turn will benefit some of our loved ones, friends and neighbors who need SUD services most,” Smith said. We’re at @UPMC discussing our work to address the substance use disorder workforce challenges through our loan repayment program. Learn more: https://t.co/oMP3TlSWhU pic.twitter.com/MnpUKH6g7n — PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (@PADrugAlcohol) December 5, 2022 The 280 grant recipients include case managers, counselors, licensed social workers, physician assistants and registered nurses, the department said in the announcement, which was made jointly with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). “We are thrilled that the administration is investing into helping and boosting the behavioral health care workforce,” Noreen Fredrick of UPMC Western Behavioral Health said. “Behavioral health workers have been at the forefront of addressing substance use disorders and saving lives. There are many ways in which UPMC is advocating for our employees, and programs like this will certainly help ease the heavy loan burden many clinicians obtain to do this important work.” DDAP…

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