42 U.S. Code § 295f - Investment in tomorrow’s pediatric health care workforce
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The Secretary shall establish and carry out a pediatric specialty loan repayment program under which the eligible individual agrees to be employed full-time for a specified period (which shall not be less than 2 years) in providing pediatric medical subspecialty, pediatric surgical specialty, or child and adolescent mental and behavioral health care, including substance abuse prevention and treatment services.
(b) Program administration
Through the program established under this section, the Secretary shall enter into contracts with qualified health professionals under which—
(1) such qualified health professionals will agree to provide pediatric medical subspecialty, pediatric surgical specialty, or child and adolescent mental and behavioral health care in an area with a shortage of the specified pediatric subspecialty that has a sufficient pediatric population to support such pediatric subspecialty, as determined by the Secretary; and
(2) the Secretary agrees to make payments on the principal and interest of undergraduate, graduate, or graduate medical education loans of professionals described in paragraph (1) of not more than $35,000 a year for each year of agreed upon service under such paragraph for a period of not more than 3 years during the qualified health professional’s—
(A) participation in an accredited pediatric medical subspecialty, pediatric surgical specialty, or child and adolescent mental health subspecialty residency or fellowship; or
(c) In general
(1) Eligible individuals
(A) Pediatric medical specialists and pediatric surgical specialists
For purposes of contracts with respect to pediatric medical specialists and pediatric surgical specialists, the term “qualified health professional” means a licensed physician who—
(i) is entering or receiving training in an accredited pediatric medical subspecialty or pediatric surgical specialty residency or fellowship; or
(B) Child and adolescent mental and behavioral health
For purposes of contracts with respect to child and adolescent mental and behavioral health care, the term “qualified health professional” means a health care professional who—
(i) has received specialized training or clinical experience in child and adolescent mental health in psychiatry, psychology, school psychology, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric nursing, social work, school social work, substance abuse disorder prevention and treatment, marriage and family therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling;
(ii) has a license or certification in a State to practice allopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, psychology, school psychology, psychiatric nursing, social work, school social work, marriage and family therapy, school counseling, or professional counseling; or
(2) Additional eligibility requirements
The Secretary may not enter into a contract under this subsection with an eligible individual unless—
(A) the individual agrees to work in, or for a provider serving, a health professional shortage area or medically underserved area, or to serve a medically underserved population;
In entering into contracts under this subsection, the Secretary shall give priority to applicants who—
(1) are or will be working in a school or other pre-kindergarten, elementary, or secondary education setting;
(2) have familiarity with evidence-based methods and cultural and linguistic competence health care services; and
Source(July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title VII, § 775, as added Pub. L. 111–148, title V, § 5203,Mar. 23, 2010, 124 Stat. 607.)
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The calendar year in which this section is enacted, referred to in subsec. (c)(1)(A)(ii), (B)(iii), probably means the calendar year in which Pub. L. 111–148was enacted. Such Act was approved Mar. 23, 2010.
A prior section 295f, act July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title VII, § 770, as added Oct. 22, 1965, Pub. L. 89–290, § 2(a), 79 Stat. 1052; amended Aug. 16, 1968, Pub. L. 90–490, title I, § 111(a), 82 Stat. 774; Nov. 18, 1971, Pub. L. 92–157, title I, § 104(a), 85 Stat. 437; Oct. 12, 1976, Pub. L. 94–484, title I, § 101(k), title V, § 501(a)–(c), 90 Stat. 2245, 2290, 2291; Aug. 13, 1981, Pub. L. 97–35, title XXVII, § 2746(a)(1), 95 Stat. 927; Oct. 22, 1985, Pub. L. 99–129, title II, § 211(a)(1), 99 Stat. 537; Nov. 4, 1988, Pub. L. 100–607, title VI, § 606(a), 102 Stat. 3127, related to capitation grants for schools of public health, prior to repeal by act July 1, 1944, ch. 373, title VII, § 773, as added Nov. 4, 1988, Pub. L. 100–607, title VI, § 606(b), 102 Stat. 3127, effective Oct. 1, 1990.
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