Summary: This bill does several things to improve access to behavioral health care providers:
- Gives the State Board of Health the ability to better calculate what areas of the state are facing provider shortages;
- Opens up the potential for loan forgiveness for all mental and behavioral health care providers;
- Creates a scholarship program for mental and behavioral health providers who are practicing in areas facing provider shortages;
- Creates an advisory council to help administer loan forgiveness and scholarships.