Virginia Behavioral Health Student Loan Repayment Program


The BH-LRP Application Cycle opens October 1 and closes April 15 of each year.

*This year, the application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2024.  

For all database questions and concerns, please contact Nikita Busic, Database Administrator. 


Phone: (804) 624-7882

If you are unable to register, please contact Stacy Davis, Health Workforce Coordinator, at or by calling (804) 659-3959 or Olivette Burroughs, Statewide Health Workforce Manager, at, 804- 864-7431.

Effective December 22, 2023, the Office of Health Equity will no longer be using to process workforce incentive applications. All application cycles will remain closed until January 12, 2024, as OHE’s transitions to another application repository tool.

As a result, the Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) application cycle has been deferred to January 12, 2024, and is expected to terminate on March 31, 2024. The application cycle for the Behavioral Health Loan Repayment Program (BHLRP) will be extended through April 30, 2024.

Please be advised that during this transition, application accounts and data will be unavailable on OHE is committed to quality improvement and providing the best customer service to Virginia’s current and future health workforce. This transition is a necessary step in our efforts to provide a more efficient, modern incentive application web platform in 2024. Your patience and understanding are most appreciated. Please continue to visit this website for program updates, coordinator contact information and future application information.

Sandra V. Serna
Director, Office of Health Equity

Click the photo above to download program flier.


The 2021 General Assembly established a $1.6 million Virginia Behavioral Health Student Loan Repayment Program (BH-LRP) to help recruit and retain behavioral health (BH) professionals to practice in underserved areas of the Commonwealth and/or provide counseling and treatment to underserved populations. This program will repay a portion of an eligible BH professional's student loan debt. In return, recipients commit to practicing in Virginia for a minimum of two years at an eligible site.



  • Eligible BH-SLRP practice sites include behavioral health authorities or community services boards, federally qualified health centers, free clinics/hybrid clinics, rural health clinics, state mental health or correctional facilities, and nonprofit organizations serving uninsured or medically underserved populations and/or communities, stand-alone inpatient psychiatric facilities serving uninsured or medically underserved populations and/or communities.
  • Priority will be given to eligible BH professionals of color, those who speak more than one language fluently, and/or those who practice in one of Virginia’s many mental health professional shortage areas
  • Total award amount will not exceed 25% of student loan debt (annual limits include $30,000 for Psychiatrists and Psych NPs and $20,000 for Psychologists, LPCs, and LCSWs)
  • No employer or community match is required



BH-SLRP awardees must possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice in Virginia in one of theVDH BH SLRP flyer following disciplines:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists,
  • Psychiatrists,
  • Psychiatric Physician Assistants,
  • Psychiatric Pharmacists,
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (Psych NPs),
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologists,
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs),
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs).




BH-SLRP Provider Support Form (1) ( To be completed by the employer & uploaded by applicant)

VDH Auto Qualifying Sites



Please send questions to:  Stacy Davis, Health Workforce Coordinator, by calling (804) 659-3959 or by emailing Stacy Davis or Olivette Burroughs, Statewide Health Workforce Manager at or call (804) 864-7431.