State Loan Repayment Program
Loan repayment is a strategy used by states and employers to recruit and retain health professionals in areas of need. Indiana has a work group dedicated to developing a comprehensive State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) initiative for Indiana. In September 2018, Indiana was awarded federal funding through the National Health Service Corps to operate a state-match loan repayment program. This program will be operated under parameters determined by federal agencies. Indiana is exploring the possibility of a state-based program with flexibility to meet state-determined workforce needs. Stay up-to-date on SLRP initiatives via the work groups web page at: in.gov/dwd/3201.htm
Community Health Workers
Community Health Workers (CHWs) are an entry-level health workforce that serves as a link between the health system and the community. CHWs work in many roles, under various job titles (including: recovery coach, navigator, maternal child health worker, case manager, etc.) Indiana is formalizing this workforce and will be offering a voluntary state certification for CCHW (Certified CHW) that will be required for Medicaid reimbursement. It was recommended that state certification be administered by the Indiana State Department of Health and go into effect in 2019. Stay up-to-date on CHW initiatives via the work groups web page at: in.gov/dwd/3202.htm
The opioid crisis requires an all hands on deck approach. A recent report found that many licensed, certified, and unregulated occupations are authorized to provide addiction counseling in Indiana. These individuals are trained at varying educational levels and practice in a variety of settings, serving in a cadre of roles. Enhancing the availability and accessibility of addiction counseling training for various workforce and audiences may be an effective strategy to “skill up” the health workforce and increase access to addiction counseling services for Hoosiers struggling with addiction disorders. Read our recent addiction workforce report (bit.ly/InAddictionsHWFReport) and subscribe to our mailing list to learn more.