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Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Announces $10 Million in Funding for Substance Use Disorder Practitioners with Student Loan Repayment


Harrisburg, PA - Today, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) announced that $10 million is available through the substance use disorder (SUD) loan repayment program. This program is aimed toward aiding SUD treatment and Single County Authority (SCA)-funded case management professionals with repaying their outstanding qualifying educational loans.

“We must promote access so that all individuals living with a substance use disorder are able to receive quality care in their communities,” said Secretary Jen Smith. “By removing some of the burden of debt associated with the cost of education, we are incentivizing professionals to remain in the substance use disorder treatment field and help Pennsylvanians who need it most.”

High rates of turnover and shortages of health care professionals have placed increased pressure on employee recruitment and retention, as well as access to care for Pennsylvania residents seeking SUD treatment and supports. Through this SUD loan repayment program, DDAP will provide loan repayment opportunities as an incentive to retain SUD practitioners willing to continue providing services within the commonwealth.

Applications must be submitted via the online application portal by May 26, 2022. Eligible practitioners must have the capacity to provide SUD treatment or SCA-funded case management services at approved practice site(s) and meet the requirements in Section 6 of the Project Summary. Selected candidates must demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as agree to a service commitment of two additional years.

Grant agreements will be awarded based on the availability of funding. Practitioners can apply for an amount up to $100,000, contingent on occupation and work experience. Award amounts and number of awards will depend upon the number of applications received meeting the criteria of this Grant Initiative Funding Application (GIFA), the amount of grant assistance being requested, and the amount of available grant assistance to be awarded.

This funding opportunity is made possible by the Opioid Settlement Fund (McKinsey) and Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program Fund.

For more information, visit the Funding Opportunities page on the DDAP website. Questions regarding the grants and the application process should be emailed to

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