McHenry County currently faces a critical shortage of practitioners with prescriptive authority to serve the community. As a community mental health board organized under the Community Mental Health Act (the Act), the McHenry County Mental Health Board ("MHB") is charged with executing such programs as may be necessary to provide mental health services to the community. The McHenry County Mental Health Board Prescriptive Authority Loan Recognition Program (“Loan Program”) has been created to assist in the recruitment and retention of professional practitioners who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness.
Through the Loan Program, participating practitioners working in or for facilities or organizations supported by the MHB will be eligible to have the MHB reimburse a portion of their graduate or medical school loan obligation(s). The Loan Program is adopted not as a contract between the MHB and the participant, but as a recognition program whereby the MHB rewards the participant for service to the community in which they have provided to those in need as a long-term employee or contracted affiliate of an area mental health provider.
To be considered for participation in the Loan Program, applicants must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. National, or lawful permanent resident;
2. Have a current, full, permanent, unencumbered, unrestricted health professional license, certificate or registration in the discipline in which he/she is applying to serve;
3. Participate as a provider in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs, as appropriate or practice in a facility credentialed with Commercial Insurance Plans;
4. Have an executed or contingent agreement with an organization supported or approved by the MHB and be new to the provision of mental health related prescriptive services within McHenry County. (The term of the agreement must not expire before three (3) years from the participant’s acceptance into the Loan Program unless otherwise authorized by the MHB upon program acceptance.)
5. Submit a complete application as set forth in the “Application” section covered in the informational Loan Program attachment.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Approval and initiation into the Loan Program, therefore, is subject to funds availability, appropriations, community needs (including the area demand for and supply of prescribing practitioners), and other issues that may come before the MHB.
For additional information about the Loan Program, click here or contact Scott Block, Executive Director at [email protected] or 815-788-4364.