House working on student loan repayment program for mental health workers in W.Va.

The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates is working on a bill to create a student loan repayment program for mental health workers in the state.

Sponsored by Del. Martin Atkinson, R-Roane, House Bill 2674 is an effort to increase the number of mental health workers in under-served areas of the state, which is the majority of the state. The state needs 129 mental health workers to have the under-served designation lifted.

The bill already passed the Health and Human Resources Committee, and on Wednesday the Finance Committee unanimously passed it along a committee substitute.

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